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Center, Web site mate workers with Pa. jobs

January 25, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - While many schools and businesses shutdown because of Tuesday's snow, the Team Pennsylvania CareerLink-Franklin County Center was opening for business.

"There's at least 223 employers in Franklin County that are on the system looking for employees," Site Manager Wes Cool said Tuesday as he looked at the CareerLink Web site. "We were just chartered today," Cool said after the grand opening of the center in the offices of the Pennsylvania Job Center at 600 Norland Ave.

For walk-in or online customers, CareerLink is a new way for job seekers and employers to match skills with jobs, according to Cool.

"It's a self-registration process. ... You're actually creating a resume on the Web site," Cool said. Job seekers must register to access information on the site, but they can remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

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Residents can come into the office, where there are six terminals, register online using a personal computer or laptop linked to the Internet, or go to the Penn State Mont Alto Campus at Chambersburg Mall.

That will link them with hundreds of businesses in the county or across Pennsylvania seeking employees with specific skills.

"Employers are going in and posting job orders on the Web site," Cool said.

Want a job as a computer technician or forklift operator in Scranton, Pa.? Cool said job seekers can point and click to get information on the job market throughout the state.

"If there are any job orders with an employer looking for someone with your skills, it will be posted in your file overnight," Cool said.

CareerLink also has 10 "co-located partners," according to Cool. Those include the Southcentral Employment Corp., the Franklin County Literacy Council, the Southcentral Community Action Program and Single Point of Contact, Cool said. That number will increase to 17 this summer, when the building is expected to be doubled in size from 10,500 to 21,500 square feet.

The partners offer information about employment and educational services they offer. Single Point of Contact, for example, is geared toward single mothers seeking GEDs, educational assistance, child care and other services to help get them into the job market.

"There's a lot of computer-based training offered through the Internet," said Wayne Mackey, a supervisory case manager with the Southcentral Employment Corp. He said the corporation has three employees at the Job Center to assist job seekers.

A person can click onto the Labor Market Information site and find job growth projections for jobs in different parts of the state, information on wages and education requirements. "This is a real good tool to find out about current labor information," Mackey said.

The Community Link page can provide information on child care, housing, educational resources and Chamber of Commerce Web sites, according to Dave Bumbaugh, the deputy director of the Program Division of the Southcentral Employment Corp.

To look for a job around the state, the Career Link Web site is www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us. For those not looking beyond the borders of Franklin and Adams counties for a job, the Web address is www.4jobs.org.

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