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Understanding How the NLx Partnership Assists with OFCCP Compliance

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

“You do not have to be a techie to understand indexing, because all of that work is done by DirectEmployers.” - Lori Adams, Division Administrator for Iowa Workforce Development, Workforce Services

Panelists discussing how state workforce agencies and employers can maximize their use of the National Labor Exchange (NLx).

Panelists discussing how state workforce agencies and employers can maximize their use of the National Labor Exchange (NLx).

One of the truly unique aspects of DirectEmployers Association is how we help bridge the gap between OFCCP compliance and recruitment. This is accomplished through technology, services, partnerships and thought leadership, including education and outreach at industry events. DirectEmployers Association Member John Whalin of United Airlines recently participated in a panel discussion at the 78th Annual NASWA Conference to share how he has benefited from the National Labor Exchange (NLx). Check out this video for a brief recap of the session’s highlights:

Key Takeaways of the NLx Partnership:

  • It benefits federal contractors because employers can get away from time spent on a website and invest more resources into outreach efforts required by the new regs.
  • Employers don’t have to post manually to all 50 states – the appropriate jobs are distributed to the relevant sites automatically through the NLx.
  • Employers and state workforce representatives, along with NASWA and DirectEmployers Staff, direct the activities of the NLx partnership via the NLx Operations Committee.

Still have questions regarding the NLx? Comment below or give us a call at 866-268-6206.

2014 DirectEmployers Member Awards: Submit Your Work

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Every day, our Members juggle multiple Affirmative Action Plans, career site launches, employer branding campaigns, veteran hiring initiatives, OFCCP audits and more with limited budgets and resources. Most of the time, these efforts go unnoticed.

It’s time for a change and our chance to divvy out a little recognition, regardless of company size or budget. DirectEmployers would like to acknowledge and share your hard work via the DirectEmployers Member Awards Competition.

Key takeaways:

  1. Expanded list of categories:
    • VEVRAA and Section 503 Compliance Initiatives
    • Diversity Initiatives
    • Career Website
    • Recruitment Marketing Campaign
    • Employer Branding
    • Candidate Engagement
  2. Members of DirectEmployers are eligible to participate
  3. Submission deadline is October 3, 2014

Learn more by visiting app.ly/memberawards. Good luck!

3 Steps to a Better My.jobs Site

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Flexible, simple and user-friendly are just a few of the reasons why employers have invested in the My.jobs Network. When used to it’s full potential, the capabilities and benefits of My.jobs can truly multiply. In this video featuring VP of Digital Strategy, Heather Hoffman, you’ll learn about three recommendations to enhance traffic, search optimization and analytics to your My.jobs Microsite.

Key takeaways:

  1. Link your primary My.jobs Microsite from your homepage or career site.
  2. Let the My.jobs Network be the source of all job distribution to job boards and aggregators.
  3. Every month, over 100 million job seekers begin their search on Google.
  4. Use your My.jobs Microsite in your employment marketing materials.

Learn more by visiting My.jobs/employers or by contacting a Digital Strategist at 866-268-6206.

7 Things You Need to Know About the NLx

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The National Labor Exchange, often referred to as the NLx, is an unprecedented public-private partnership between DirectEmployers Association (DE) and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). But what exactly does that mean, and how does it benefit both job seekers and employers? Watch this episode of The Employment Line to learn more:

Key Takeaways About the NLx:

  • Formed in 2007 when America’s Job Bank was taken offline, leaving a void for federal contractors regarding their federal compliance obligations.
  • Leverages DirectEmployers’ non-profit-owned technology and existing state workforce agency resources to connect job seekers and employers while ensuring compliance with federal VEVRAA regulations.
  • Through US.jobs, NLx is the prime source of delivery for quality, vetted jobs to state job banks and to our nation’s veterans’ representatives daily.
  • 340,000 employers currently participating of all sizes and industries – both Members and non-Members of DirectEmployers Association.
  • 1.7 million job postings currently on US.jobs (the NLx search engine) with feeds that are refreshed daily to ensure the freshest job content available.
  • Employers and state workforce representatives, along with NASWA and DirectEmployers Staff, direct the activities of the NLx partnership via the NLx Operations Committee.
  • NASWA and DirectEmployers Association recently extended the partnership contract through 2027, adding stability to the service.

What sites benefit from the NLx partnership?

  • VJB / eBenefits – A new Veterans job bank created for the Veterans Administration (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Labor (DOL).
  • WRP – a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with college students and recent graduates with disabilities. DirectEmployers provides all Member’s jobs to www.wrp.jobs

The NLx also provides an API for job content to the following Federal Partners:

Have a partnership suggestion for the NLx? Contact your Membership Development Representative or comment below.

Unplugged with Rob Dromgoole: “Some recruiters say I’d rather jab a fork in my eye than talk about compliance.”

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

DirectEmployers was fortunate to have Rob Dromgoole, Director of Recruiting for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), present at the 2014 Meeting & Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. With over 17 years of experience, he definitely knows his stuff and has incredible industry insight. Check out this video from an interview with Rob to hear his perspective on OFCCP compliance, social media, My.jobs and DirectEmployers Association.

If you share Rob’s passion for the business, consider presenting at the DirectEmployers 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM15). We’re now accepting speaker submissions. Learn more on the DEAM15 website!

Road Shows and Events to Spark Interest and Grow Membership

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The first two quarters of 2014 have been extremely busy for DirectEmployers Association staff and Members. There have been many opportunities to showcase our products and services to the Human Resources industry.

Why do we jump on planes and fly across the country with handouts and PowerPoints? Because there is strength in numbers and the more companies we can introduce to DirectEmployers, the more opportunities we have to grow our membership base.

Providing innovative partnerships that bring new solutions to our Members is also a benefit of attending conferences and exhibiting at trade shows. We are more likely to learn about new startups with new technology that way.

Here are just a few of the events we have attended this year:

  • 1/26-1/30 IBM Connect 2014
  • 2/20-2/21 NASWA Winter Policy Forum
  • 4/29-5/2 2014 SWARM Regional ILG Conference
  • 5/13-5/16 American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) Conference
  • 6/8-6/10 NACE 2014 Annual Conference & Expo
  • 6/11-6/13 HCI Strategic Talent Acquisition Conference
  • 6/22-6/25 SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Expo

To see a list of upcoming events visit: http://www.directemployers.org/insights/network/

Several of our Member companies were able to attend some of these conferences on our behalf and present about their experiences with compliance as well as the employment branding solutions through the My.jobs platform generating more interest from other companies to learn about DirectEmployers Association.

In addition, some of the DirectEmployers staff have the opportunity to work more closely with partners and Members who are attending these conferences and collaborate more strongly on ideas and initiatives that benefit the membership as a whole.

This time spent networking, advertising and evangelizing is time well spent with the end goal always about growing the membership and providing a stronger core to produce better products and services to the whole.

Do you have an interest in representing DirectEmployers Association at a conference or do you know of any upcoming events that we should consider? Please contact me at Nancy@DirectEmployers.org or 317-874-9022.

Stand Out to Job Seekers – Introducing Enhanced Jobs and Featured Companies

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

How can you standout among thousands of employers vying for your desired candidate’s attention? VP of Digital Strategy Heather Hoffman has the answer. Learn more as she discusses the latest capabilities of the My.jobs Network – enhanced jobs and featured companies – in this episode of The Employment Line.

Key benefits of the new My.jobs Network capabilities:

  • Displays your brand more prominently
  • Distinguishes your jobs with favicon and link to your company’s microsite
  • Adds backlinking benefits for search engine optimization (SEO)

Learn more by visiting My.jobs/employers.

The Employment Line, Episode 10: Happy Holidays from DirectEmployers

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

DirectEmployers Association would like to wish all of our Members, partners and supporters a cheerful holiday season. We know this time of year can be a mix of stress and joy, so several staff members collaborated to create a video with some tips to help you get through the season:

Some tips include:

  • Add holiday spirit to any space with DIY crafts.
  • Start saving money by putting away $1 per week, then add a dollar more each week – by the end of the year, you’ll have over $1,300.
  • Do your shopping online to avoid the hustle and bustle in stores.
  • Keep a close eye on coupons, sales and specials to maximize your budget.

What suggestions would you share for a smooth holiday season?

The Employment Line, Episode 9: National Disability Employment Awareness Month Efforts from ODEP & EARN, DEAM13 Registration Deadline

Monday, October 7th, 2013

October is an important month for the Association. Not only is the DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference just days away, but it also is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)–a topic that is on all federal contractors’ minds in light of the revisions to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Watch our latest episode of The Employment Line to learn how DirectEmployers is helping Members with disability outreach and to get some great DEAM13 tips.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) promotes a national campaign to bring awareness to disability employment. To help employers with their disability outreach, DirectEmployers partner organization Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is hosting a free weekly webinar series throughout the entire month. Webinars will focus on disability disclosures and self-identification, as well as proactive compliance strategies for federal contractors. To learn more about this series and register to attend these webinars, visit http://askearn.org/ndeam_registration.cfm.

To pay homage to a community whose military roots run deep, we’ve chosen this year’s conference to have a military theme–however, that’s not all you’ll find. DEAM13 features tracks for recruitment, technology, compliance and leadership. But hurry – conference registration ends on October 14. Register to attend by visiting http://deam13.directemployers.org/register.

In addition to our impressive session lineup, we’ve got tips on how you can make the most of your conference experience.

  1. Expand Your Professional Network: Mingle with fellow attendees and strike-up conversations to help build your professional network.
  2. Utilize Our Mobile Text Program: Sign up for our DEAM13 text alerts and you’ll receive timely alerts and important updates before, during and after the conference. To join, simply text DEAM13 to 55678.
  3. Interact on Social Networks: Remember when using social networks while at the conference to use #DEAM13. This will allow you to join in the conversation and keep up with what’s happening during other sessions.

You can also network with fellow attendees during the DEAM13 Pre-Conference Online Networking Event on Wednesday, October 16 at 1:00PM. Visit https://www.brazenconnect.com/event/deam_october_16 to register.

The Employment Line, Episode 8: Response to Final Rule for VEVRAA and Section 503, Important DEAM13 Reminders

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The fall season brings change… temperature, color of leaves and our schedules. This year, however, maybe you’ve noticed another change? The Department of Labor’s announcing the release of the Final Rule for federal contractors related to Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Watch our latest installment of The Employment Line and read more below:

In the wake of this announcement, DirectEmployers Association stands ready to help you understand these regulations and create solutions to help you meet these new requirements.

Here are just a few of the initiatives we have in place at this time:

  • DirectEmployers will continue collaborating with our partner the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) to improve the National Labor Exchange (NLx) compliance solution. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Membership Development representative at (866) 268-6206.
  • A webinar featuring partner organization Pinnacle, and introducing new partner the Poses Family Foundation, as well as Members Alaska Airlines and Cardinal Health and representatives from DirectEmployers.
  • Our Employers Connect meeting in Indianapolis, IN on September 17 will include a session on the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules.
  • A webinar with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the National Labor Exchange (NLx) and the Recruitment Regulatory Compliance Committee (RRCC).
  • A webinar featuring John C. Fox, Esq., who will educate all of our Members on what should be done now to prepare for full compliance once the regulations are published in the federal register and receive final OMB approval based on record-keeping and paperwork requirements.
  • Comprehensive presentations at DirectEmployers Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM13) in October.

Please watch for communications on exact webinar dates and full descriptions of all upcoming presentations.

Speaking of DEAM13, did you know the discounted room rate at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort ends on September 30th? Book your room now! Here are some other deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Veterans Connect Career Fair employer registration ends 9/13
  • DEAM13 underwriter registration ends 9/13
  • DEAM13 attendee registration ends 10/7

Hope to see you in San Diego!