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Meet Your Executive Team at DirectEmployers

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Our Association is led by Executive Director Bill Warren. He founded the first Internet job board, Online Career Center, in August of 1992 and is known by many as the father of online recruiting. The Association’s Chief Counsel, Dan Jordan, worked alongside Bill at the OCC and joined him at the start of DirectEmployers. Our HR Director and Facilities Manager also fall into this department and keep us running like a well-oiled machine. Watch this video to learn more about the Executive team at DirectEmployers:

Executive Team Members:
Bill Warren, Executive Director
Dan Jordan, Chief Counsel & COO
Deanna Cross, Administrative Services & HR Director
Darrin Douglass, Facilities Manager

Meet more of the DirectEmployers team at our 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM14), March 26-27, 2014. Get the details and register at http://DEAM14.DirectEmployers.org.

DirectEmployers Executive Director Receives Prestigious President’s Award at 2012 NASWA Conference

Monday, November 26th, 2012

DirectEmployers Association Executive Director, Bill Warren, was recently recognized by our partner, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), during an awards ceremony at their 2012 annual conference.

Executive Director Bill Warren after receiving 2012 President's Award.

The 2012 President’s Award honored Bill’s contributions and recognized him as a pioneer in online recruitment. One of his many contributions includes the National Labor Exchange public-private partnership, which today has garnered the participation of all state workforce agencies and boasts over a million unduplicated, current jobs.

Bill with his wife Susan.

Through DirectEmployers Association, Bill has continuously championed and partnered with the state workforce system while providing a wealth of resources otherwise not available in an age of budget cuts and declining state resources. This has included job content, job-bank hosting and cutting edge services such as SEO and mobile optimized platforms – provided without extra cost.

I feel so very fortunate to be an employee and work alongside the father of online recruiting. Congratulations Bill for receiving the 2012 President’s Award and thank you for everything you do for our industry and community.

America’s Leading Employers Join Forces to Find 10,000 Jobs for Veterans and Military Spouses

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The following is a joint press release from Milicruit and DirectEmployers Association on the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military spouses.

Stand up and be Counted as Milicruit, MOAA and DirectEmployers Association Invite Corporations to Join the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military Spouses

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — UBM Studios Milicruit, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), DirectEmployers Association, and industry leading employers announce the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military spouses, a program that provides employers with sponsorship and participation in highly active virtual career fairs attended by more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses yearly. The group expects to add hundreds of employers and increase the target number of jobs by partnering with local, national and international businesses to support workforce opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

The goal of the 10,000 Jobs Challenge is to demonstrate that hiring veterans and military spouses is a constructive initiative, and as employers who support the challenge agree, it is one of the most worthwhile things they can do for their business and our economy. Employers wishing to join the 10,000 Jobs Challenge can get more information emailing 10k@milicruit.com or visiting www.10000jobs.com.

The following companies have joined together in the 10,000 Jobs Challenge: Aetna, CBRE, CITI, Convergys, Camping World and Good Sam, DaVita, Dish Network, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Graybar, Level 3 Communications, Lowe’s, Pepsi Beverages Company, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Progressive, Sears, State Street, TriWest and Waste Management.

In the next twelve months, Milicruit will increase the overall number of national career fairs it hosts from four events to 12, and will conduct standalone virtual career fairs for soldiers serving overseas. In addition, Milicruit will feature two standalone virtual career fairs for military spouses as part of their commitment to the challenge. The first overseas career fair will be for soldiers in Kuwait on March 14, 2012, followed by the first annual military spouse event, scheduled for May 7, 2012 in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

“Having helped more than 4,000 veterans find employment through our virtual career fairs in 2011, we are excited about the 10,000 Jobs Challenge, the partnership with the 20 existing employers, DirectEmployers and MOAA. Together, we anticipate we will exceed the 10,000 jobs’ goal,” said Kevin O’Brien, vice president business development, UBM Studios Milicruit.

MOAA has teamed with Milicruit to increase the number of career fairs it will host each year to support the military community. MOAA is a nonprofit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and to preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their survivors. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers.

Retired Navy Capt. Jim Carman, Director of Career Transition Services MOAA, said, “MOAA is committed to highlighting the values of dependability, engagement and enthusiasm that Veterans offer the business community and are essential in any high-performing organization. Our partnership with Milicruit and our support of their 10K Challenge initiative is one more way MOAA represents the interests of the currently serving military, veterans and their families.”

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology. DirectEmployers will provide transitioning veterans access to their military crosswalk. The crosswalk will help veterans translate their military skills into civilian occupations.

“DirectEmployers Association is honored to participate in the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for veterans and military spouses and we are also recommending that our member companies participate,” said Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers.

About UBM Studios Milicruit Milicruit is the recognized leader in virtual recruiting environments for military veterans. Powered by UBM Studios, Milicruit brings employers who are committed to helping returning veterans find suitable employment together with job-seeking military veterans and their spouses. Given the large number of veterans looking to reenter the civilian job market, Milicruit allows employers and job seekers to meet and interact in a convenient online setting. For additional information on Milicruit or to purchase virtual career fair services, visit www.veteranscareerfair.com.

About UBM plcUBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,634 staff in more than 31 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com ; follow us at @UBM plc to get the latest UBM news.

About MOAAMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with 370,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan.

About DirectEmployers AssociationDirectEmployers Association is a leading HR consortium of global employers that was formed to assist in the sharing of ideas, incorporating of best practices, and research and development of technology where labor practices are concerned. Through this consortium business standards are shaped and technology is used with respect to the diversity that is reflected in the various cultures embodied in a global workforce. Our recognized expertise in compliance, recruitment and cost effective technology enables our members to reach the largest, most diverse pool of quality job seekers worldwide.

DirectEmployers Association MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, +1-317-874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org.

Contact: Erica Krutsch UBM Studios Milicruit
erica.krutsch@ubm.com 773-687-4315

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Foundation Launched to Improve Job Search and Career Marketing Tools

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

DirectEmployers Association announces the launch of DirectEmployers Foundation, an ongoing mission to provide easy accessibility to job seekers and free listing options to employers.

INDIANAPOLIS, February 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — DirectEmployers Association launched the DirectEmployers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational and scientific nonprofit, dedicated to the rapid development of game-changing open source job search and career marketing tools.

Over the past decade, DirectEmployers Association has created new, innovative products to keep its members on the forefront of compliance and recruiting. “As technology continues to drive change in today’s human resources market, it’s important to remain ahead of the curve,” stated DirectEmployers Executive Director Bill Warren.

According to Rick Wehrle, former Monster.com Architect and Vice President of Product Development, the solution of moving forward was simple: “The Open Source model is defined by sharing code in a way that benefits everyone involved. By integrating the Open Source model, we are adopting a proven model for driving change and advancing the state of the art.” When combined with a nonprofit foundation, “open source projects are able to marshal the resources, people and mind share they need to create new standards and break down walls that are holding back progress. In this case, those walls are driving up the cost of making hires and making it incredibly difficult for employers to find talent. It’s 2012. It should cost employers virtually nothing to find an employee, and it should not cost job seekers anything, in terms of time and money to find a job.”

The Foundation is comprised of top user experience engineers and developers who share the same ideals and a strong commitment to open-source technology development. While still in it’s early stages, the Foundation has already made an impact with the release of the new mobile functionality brought to US.jobs and the .JOBS Career Microsites at the beginning of February. “Having a development team that understands how to stay on the forefront of technology is instrumental in the success of any business,” continued Warren.

In 2012, the Foundation team will focus on building the base for a new generation of career marketing tools. These tools include an API that allows job search and job postings to be added anywhere, development of a foreign language support feature and additional job distribution tools. All of these new features look to protect job seeker privacy without adding any cost to employers within the DirectEmployers member network. In terms of social media integration, the Foundation also seeks to develop a method of incorporating a job seeker’s digital footprint so employers sifting through resumes can see a candidate’s online persona.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is a leading HR consortium of global employers that was formed to assist in the sharing of ideas, incorporating of best practices, and research and development of technology where labor practices are concerned. Through this consortium business standards are shaped and technology is used with respect to the diversity that is reflected in the various cultures embodied in a global workforce. Our recognized expertise in compliance, recruitment and cost effective technology enables our members to reach the largest, most diverse pool of quality job seekers worldwide.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, +1-317-874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

Honored for Commitment to Military Spouses and Veterans Seeking Employment

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

DirectEmployers Association’s Executive Director Honored for Dedication to Helping Military Families and Veterans Reenter the Workforce

INDIANAPOLIS, February 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Now, more than ever, it’s important to recognize those who have assisted the growing number of military spouses and veterans alike transition back into the civilian workforce. Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association, was honored for just that.

In a ceremony held at the Pentagon, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) presented Warren with The Military to Civilian Jobs Network Alliance Award. Deborah Kloeppel, President and CEO of MSCCN states, “We are pleased to honor Mr. Warren for his valuable contribution in helping members and spouses of the National Guard and Reserve Families reenter the workforce after these individuals have selflessly served their country.”

The MSCCN and DirectEmployers Association created a partnership in August of 2010 due to the mutual respect for helping both spouses of service men and veterans reenter the workforce. DirectEmployers Association provides access to over 900,000 vetted jobs at no cost to the largest job bank for military spouses in the country at US.jobs.

As a former U.S. Army veteran, Warren and DirectEmployers Association understand the need for an organization like MSCCN that provide job-readiness services to transitioning military, related families, and their caregivers. Warren accepted the award with gratitude saying, “Military spouses and returning service members bring unique skills and experience to the civilian workforce. They have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of race, gender, geographic origin, 
ethnic background, religion and economic status. They
have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals providing employers a competitive advantage globally.”

About Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network is a nonprofit organization that focuses on furthering employment opportunities for military spouses, transitioning military, veterans, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded. The MSCCN is located all across the country near military bases helping servicemen and their spouses find employment after duty.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology. .JOBS Career Microsites are one of the many technologies that DirectEmployers Association provides to member employers. For more information on DirectEmployers Association, visit http://directemployers.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, +1-317-874-9022, nancy@directemployers.org

Online Job Portal to Connect Job Seekers with Disabilities to Employers

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The following press release was authored by Think Beyond the Label and originally posted on November 29, 2011.

Think Beyond the Label Creates Jobs Portal for People with Disabilities

New online venue gives job seekers with disabilities access to nearly one million jobs and employers seeking to hire them

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) November 29, 2011 — Think Beyond the Label launched an online jobs portal that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers, including those that are actively seeking to hire them. Think Beyond the Label’s new job-search engine gives candidates with disabilities free access to nearly one million job listings from more than 90,000 vetted hiring employers in the private and public sectors.

With a 15% unemployment rate among working-age Americans with disabilities, Think Beyond the Label created the jobs portal to promote disability employment opportunities, help grow the pipeline of qualified job candidates with disabilities, and meet businesses’ hiring needs.

“Think Beyond the Label’s fresh approach and message already attracts thousands of people with disabilities to our website, and our jobs portal gives job seekers with disabilities a credible, easy-to-use way to apply for real jobs with companies that want to hire them,” says Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates the Think Beyond the Label partnership.

The Think Beyond the Label jobs portal, which is available at www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com, has a custom interface for displaying available jobs for people with disabilities. The portal first lists results by those companies that are actively seeking to hire from this group, including the federal sector and companies that do business with the federal government. It lets candidates directly interact with employers, and employers are notified when a job seeker applies for a job from the Think Beyond the Label website.

To power this new online platform, Think Beyond the Label partnered with DirectEmployers Association, a consortium of leading global employers. DirectEmployers’ JobCentral database taps into the National Labor Exchange’s job-search engine to distribute listings from small and large employers across the U.S., many who looking for innovative ways for finding and hiring people with disabilities.

“DirectEmployers Association helps employers find and hire candidates in targeted communities that might be difficult to reach via traditional recruiting efforts, says Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association. “We share a common mission with Think Beyond the Label in that we’re giving companies a new avenue to pursue qualified job seekers with disabilities and meet their workplace diversity needs.”

Think Beyond the Label also helps employers find state and local agencies that specialize in jobs placement and careers for people with disabilities. Such agencies work with employers to screen, recruit and train potential candidates as part of the federal government’s initiatives to improve the employment landscape for people with disabilities, including veterans.

“Our jobs portal and other initiatives all are designed to help more businesses recruit from this under-employed talent pool and take advantage of the tangible benefits of hiring a person with a disability, such as federal tax credits, enhancing workplace diversity and reaching new customers,” says Otto.

About Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is a private-public partnership that helps businesses and the public workforce system more effectively recruit, hire and retain job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Our partnership spans state health and human service and employment agencies; businesses; and Health & Disability Advocates, a national nonprofit organization that manages the Think Beyond the Label partnership. For more information please go to www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, 600 plus member employer association. As provided in its corporate bylaws, a board of directors consisting of member company representatives manages the business and affairs of the Association. Its mission is to provide employers an employment network that is cost-effective, improves labor market efficiency and reaches an ethnically diverse national workforce. For more news and information, please visit www.DirectEmployers.org.

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Recent Partnership Provides Infrastructure for National Guard Employment Network

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Partnerships and linkages are extremely important because they provide the foundation for relationships to flourish. DirectEmployers Association has a 10-year history of forming long lasting partnerships that create not only great relationships, but strong programs.

Recently, DirectEmployers partnered with the National Guard Bureau, Kenexa, Inc.and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). This partnership provides the infrastructure to create our newest program, the National Guard Employment Network.

DirectEmployers Association is proud to support our returning Guard members by providing the National Labor Exchange (NLX) technology.

This includes the NLX job feed, which provides new jobs on a daily basis with special emphasis on veterans and military, people with disabilities and diversity. The job feed directly connects returning Guard members to hundreds of thousands of jobs from companies like Lockheed Martin, AT&T, Newell Rubbermaid, ConocoPhillips as well as federal, state, local government agencies, educational institutions and the non profit-sector.

“The National Guard’s men and women make so many sacrifices for our freedom and our members want to say thank you. Providing the NLX technology which is the most comprehensive job search available on the Internet, is one way our members can say thank you.” Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association.

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, Warren was honored to attend a special Signing Ceremony commemorating the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between DirectEmployers Association, the Army National Guard, the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and Kenexa, Inc.

Members interested in learning more about how this partnership impacts them can contact their Membership Development Representative or call (866) 268-6206.



Only In Indianapolis

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Annual Meeting Celebrates 10 Years of Achievements, Influence and Growth

When we announced the 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference was going to be in Indianapolis, Members had a variety of responses. Some included: “Really?” “How could it compete with Vegas?” “What’s in Indianapolis?” Or, one of my favorites, “Why?”

The mixed reactions were understandable. After all, the majority of our meetings had been in Vegas. But we wanted to be different this time around and bring Members to the Hoosier State, where we could leverage home court advantage and help keep travel and lodging costs reasonable.

In addition to moving the event to the Circle City, we added a master of ceremonies, Courtney Bishop. Recommended by our video team, Courtney was able to keep the sessions moving smoothly. This also gave me and the other VPs a chance to spend more time with Members.

Brian Jensen discusses the 2011 milestones for DirectEmployers Association

The format of the conference was slightly modified. We brought in Members to speak in the majority of the sessions and offered concurrent sessions on day two. This gave Members more exposure to each other and gave them insight into different ways to leverage Member benefits.

DirectEmployers President Brian Jensen, VP – Talent Acquisition for The McGraw-Hill Companies, kicked off day one with an overview of the association. Some of the key accomplishments he shared included: .jobs; the launch of veterans.jobs and militaryfamily.jobs; the Summer Jobs initiative with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL); testimony to House Committee of Veterans’ Affairs; joining forces with USA Cares; and the Recruitment Regulatory Compliance Committee’s response to the OFCCP Proposed Regulations for Veterans.

Next, the DirectEmployers Ops Team provided updates for their respective departments. The presentations can be found in the Annual Meeting Archives in the Pipeline.

Next, Carrie Corbin from AT&T and I presented a Member case study on the ATT.jobs Career Site and showed how a combined effort of Talent Brew and .jobs microsites were able to improve AT&T’s SEO Footprint. The full case study is at casestudy.jobs.

Members Mike Cooper from DTE Energy, Jeremy Cummings from Providence Health & Services, Ray Schreyer from IBM and France Taylor of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) also shared how they have strategically adapted their recruitment strategies to align with the evolution of how job seekers are searching for employment.

Pam Gerassimides, National Labor Exchange Director and Assistant Executive Director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, provided attendees with a brief overview their organizations and our partnerships.

Then, keynote speaker Joe Lakis, VP of Policy and Strategic Initiatives of the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC) and Senior Partner with Norris, Tysse, Lampley & Lakis, LLP provided Members with a significant amount of information around regulatory, policy and enforcement changes that have occurred at the OFCCP since’09.

Chad Sowash, wrapped things up with an in-depth discussion of how the fabric of the Internet is changing and blending with search, social and mobile.

DirectEmployers Social Networking Reception

Annual Meeting attendees at the social networking reception.

To blow off some steam, attendees went upstairs to a networking reception – complete with a Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show. Members who weren’t quite ready to turn in for the night regrouped for a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the next Super Bowl.

Concurrent sessions about social media and OFCCP audits started day two. Tom Eckhart joined Tipton Bradford from IHG to help Members understand the regulatory processes and key measures to take to ensure a smooth OFCCP audit.

Meanwhile, Tipton’s colleague, Francene Taylor, was in the next room with Anthony Scarpino of Sodexo and Jessica Miller-Merrill, CEO of Xceptional HR. These individuals sat on a panel moderated by Katie Pfledderer about social media sharing their trials, tribulations and success stories. Attendees learned about unique initiatives such as Sodexo’s Facebook Prom.

Next, WellPoint’s Chief Diversity Officer, Linda Jimenez, took to the stage and shared a wealth of knowledge around creating an effective diversity strategy. She touched on defining the business case, evaluation, education and metrics.

NASWA, National Labor Exchange (NLX) Ops Committee and RRCC Committee shared updates and accomplishments over 2011 as well as an outlook for 2012.

After a short break, attendees came back with the option of attending “Social Media Platforms: The Recruiting Reality and Mitigating Risk,” or “Creating Talent Pipeline Programs with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hyatt & Southern Company.”

David Baffa, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP was very well-received for his sense of humor and true grasp of both the challenges and benefits of using social media as an HR practitioner.

Josh Bleill

Marine Corporal Josh Bleill shares his story and infectious sense of humor.

Upon returning from lunch, all attendees received a life-changing experience with Josh Bleill. Josh was on active duty in Fallujah when an IED struck his Humvee. Five days later, he awoke to the loss of his two friends and both of his legs. It wasn’t just the tragedy that impacted the audience, but rather Josh’s infectious sense of humor and advice to employers as they work to hire veterans and people with a disability. Members were able to meet Josh and received a copy of his book, “One Step At A Time.”

John Reiner followed Josh, and similarly faced something unimaginable – being told by his doctor not to eat. He reflected on the agonizing battle, the process of healing and the importance of focusing on the things that matter most. Members also had an opportunity to get a copy of his book, “The Man Who Couldn’t Eat” and meet John.

Returning by popular demand from 2010, Shama Kabani, CEO of the Marketing Zen Group was next. This time she shared “10 Social Media Recruiting Mistakes…And How to Avoid Them.” A few of the 10 mistakes mentioned were under utilizing Facebook ads for recruitment, overlooking sites like Pinterest, and not leveraging current employees. Her enthusiasm was probably captured best in one of our Member’s tweet:

Tweet about Shama

Steve Uzzell ended day two with his mind-blowing photographs, which he displayed as illustrations for metaphors about possibility and creativity. He urged attendees to constantly re-examine what they think they know. This presentation made it clear why he’s one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the United States.

After a day full of emotions, statistics and what not to do’s, some attendees shed tears of laughter at Crackers Comedy Club. Even the comedians got into fun by sporting DirectEmployers blinking pins.

Brad Stevens and I after he coached attendees on the importance of integrity and being a team.

Friday morning, a resident Hoosier and Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Butler University, Brad Stevens talked about his approach to coaching and drew parallels from his prior corporate role. He emphasized integrity, being upfront with your recruits and being passionate about something bigger than yourself.

The conference closed off-site at a location that Indianapolis is perhaps best known for – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Richard Petty Ride-A-Long gave attendees a front seat to what it’s like to experience a 600HP NASCAR racecar 3-lap qualifying run.

DierctEmployers Annual Meeting Richard Petty Ride A-Long

Attendees gearing up for a ride at the track.

I’m fairly certain that most, if not all attendees walked away with a better understanding of “Why Indianapolis” as well as “Why DirectEmployers.” Thank you very much to all who attended, and the incredible staff and crew. We’ll see you next year!

To see more of the 2011 DirectEmployers Annual Meeting and Conference, visit http://app.ly/DEAM11 (case sensitive) or view the archives in the Pipeline.

Social Jobs Partnership to Assist American Job Seekers

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The following press release was authored by Facebook and originally posted on October 20, 2011.

Facebook joins Labor Secretary Solis, NonProfit Employment Groups in
Announcing Social Jobs Partnership to Assist American Job Seekers

The Social Jobs Partnership is a Coalition of Employment Service Non-profits,
the U.S. Department of Labor and the World’s Largest Social Network

View recording of the official announcement from the press conference in Washington, DC.

Palo Alto, CA – (October 20, 2011) – Today, Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) announced a joint commitment to create the Social Jobs Partnership. The partnership’s goal will be to facilitate employment for America’s jobless through the use of social networks.

The social web is a growing presence in virtually every facet of the economy – including workforce recruitment. According to an independent survey by NACE, more than 70% of college career centers have a Facebook Page, and a Jobvite poll conducted in 2010 showed that 92% of respondents have recruited or plan to recruit via social networks.

In the interest of getting people back to work, the partnership will pursue a number of initiatives designed to more effectively leverage social networks in the job market:

  • We will launch a central Page on Facebook that hosts resources, and content designed to help job seekers and employers: facebook.com/socialjobs. Facebook will launch public service announcements on Facebook to promote the Page in the 10 states with the highest unemployment rate, and Puerto Rico, which has an unemployment rate of 16%.
  • We will conduct in-depth survey research about the ways in which job seekers, college career centers, and workforce recruiters are using the social web.
  • We will explore and develop systems where new job postings can be delivered virally through the Facebook site at no charge.
  • We will promote existing government programs and resources for job hunters.
  • We will distribute educational materials about leveraging the power of the social web to recruiters, government agencies, and job seekers.

“Facebook is about connecting people so that they can share what’s important to them, and that is the driving force behind the Social Jobs Partnership,” said Marne Levine, Facebook vice president of Global Public Policy. “We’ve brought employers, recruiters, college career services and government agencies together to help the millions of Americans who use Facebook find jobs.“

“Linking American job seekers with the resources they need to get back to work is a top priority of the Obama Administration and my department,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “By leveraging the power of the social web, this initiative will provide immediate, meaningful and ready-to-use information for job seekers and employers, and a modern platform to better connect them.”

“Given the current economy and its impact on the job market for college students, the National Association of Colleges and Employers is pleased to be a part of the Social Jobs Partnership. NACE’s thousands of college career center and employer members are at the center of the growing social media phenomenon as they interact directly with student and alumni users of social media. This new coalition will connect a great team of organizations in meeting a critical need for strengthening national employment resources with social media and we are excited to be part of it,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE Executive Director.

“DirectEmployers Association, with a member-base of leading U.S. and international employers, is excited about the opportunity to partner with Facebook and other members of the Social Jobs Partnership coalition to provide employment services that serve the needs and are in the best interest of both job seekers and the international human resource community,” said Bill Warren, the DirectEmployers Association’s Executive Director.

“The National Association of State Workforce Agencies is enthusiastic about the prospect of joining Facebook and other organizations in the Social Jobs Partnership. NASWA looks forward to helping employers and jobseekers use workforce services through social media,“ said Rich Hobbie, NASWA Executive Director.

About Facebook

Founded in February 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a privately held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)

NASWA is a DC-based, private, non-profit organization serving as an advocate for state workforce agencies’ programs and policies, a liaison between federal and state workforce system partners, and a forum for the exchange of information and effective practices. NASWA’s state agency members administer the public workforce programs including employment services, job training, labor market information, and unemployment insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Please visit www.naswa.org for further information.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, 600 plus member employer association. As provided in its corporate bylaws, a board of directors consisting of member company representatives manages the business and affairs of the Association. Its mission is to provide employers an employment network that is cost-effective, improves labor market efficiency and reaches an ethnically diverse national workforce. For more news and information, please visit www.DirectEmployers.org.

About National Association of Colleges and Employers NACE

NACE connects college career services professionals and HR/staffing professionals focused on college relations and recruiting. The professional association forecasts trends in the job market; tracks student attitudes, the job search, internships and salary information; reports on legal issues in employment and hiring practices; and, provides professionals with benchmarks for their work. For more information please visit http://nace.naceweb.org.

View PDF of official press release from Facebook

Milicruit Partners with DirectEmployers Association to Further Advancements in Veterans Recruitment and Hiring

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The following press release was authored by UBM Studios and originally posted on September 19, 2011.

Milicruit Partners with DirectEmployers Association to Further
Advancements in Veterans Recruitment and Hiring

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — UBM Studios’ Milicruit, the recognized leader in virtual recruitment environments for veterans, and military spouses, today announced a strategic partnership with DirectEmployers Association, the nonprofit human resources consortium. The alliance will introduce DirectEmployers Association’s network of leading global employers to Milicruit’s virtual recruitment environment for veterans and their spouses.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110919/NY70784 )

Since its launch in 2010, Milicruit has been connecting military veterans and employers through its unique, next generation approach to veterans recruitment and hiring. The Milicruit virtual recruitment center enables veteran job candidates and hiring managers to meet and interact in an online, three-dimensional setting, thereby solving the shortcomings of traditional brick and mortar job fairs.

“We look forward to raising awareness of Milicruit’s valuable products and services to our membership,” said Bill Warren, Executive Director at DirectEmployers Association. “Our organization aims to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices and emerging technologies, and advancements in virtual recruitment tools integrate perfectly with those efforts. Milicruit’s innovative solutions can help our members meet their veterans hiring goals in an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.”

Typical career fairs are one-time, in-person events that often are little more than a branding opportunity, and at best a resume exchange. For the employers who exhibit, they can be costly, time-consuming and ineffective. And for job seekers who attend, they are crowded, impersonal and difficult to navigate. Powered by global business-to-business event leader, UBM Studios, Milicruit has revolutionized this recruiting environment by moving it online. Veteran job seekers can interact one-on-one with employer recruiters in a virtual setting (www.veteranscareerfair.com), all from the comfort and convenience of their computer. The online environment is open 24/7, so participants can visit employer booths, view and apply for jobs, download information and chat live with employer recruiters anytime, and from anywhere in the world.

“Milicruit is rapidly changing the way that veterans and employers engage, and we are delighted to be partnering with DirectEmployers Association to bring its members the proven benefits of digital recruiting,” said Kevin O’Brien, vice president of business development at UBM Studios. “Our virtual events have connected more than 200 Fortune 1000 companies with upwards of 60,000 job seeking veterans, so Milicruit’s offerings are a natural complement to DirectEmployers Association’s noteworthy veterans hiring initiatives.”

Like Milicruit, DirectEmployers Association has demonstrated a commitment to employing America’s veterans. It spearheads a variety of efforts to get veterans back to work, including VetCentral and .jobs Military Crosswalk, an online platform to help veterans find jobs. Its partnership with Milicruit is designed to augment these efforts and support its members in their veterans hiring goals.

About UBM Studios

UBM Studios is a global leader in interactive digital environments transforming the way audiences connect, educate and engage. UBM Studios offers a complete global marketing service from content and audience to creative and analytics creating world-class user engagement. For additional information on UBM Studios, visit www.ubmstudios.com.

About Milicruit

Milicruit is the recognized leader in virtual recruiting environments for military veterans. Powered by UBM Studios, Milicruit brings employers who are committed to helping returning veterans find suitable employment together with job-seeking military veterans and their spouses. Given the large number of veterans looking to reenter the civilian job market, Milicruit allows employers and job seekers to meet and interact in a convenient online setting. For additional information on Milicruit or to purchase virtual career fair services, visit www.milicruit.com or contact Kevin O’Brien, at (215) 525-5776 x101 or kevin.obrien@ubm.com.

About DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, 600 plus member employer association. As provided in its corporate bylaws, a board of directors consisting of member company representatives manages the business and affairs of the Association. Daily operations are managed by an executive director and operations staff at the direction of the president and board of directors. Its mission is to provide employers an employment network that is cost-effective, improves labor market efficiency and reaches an ethnically diverse national workforce. For more news and information, please visit www.DirectEmployers.org.

About UBM LLC

UBM LLC is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

Contacts
Greta Menard
Concepts, Inc. for Milicruit
gmenard@conceptspr.com
202-423-7101

Nancy Holland
DirectEmployers Association
nancy@directemployers.org
317-874-9022

SOURCE UBM Studios