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On October 1, 2009, San Luis Obispo, CA job seekers and employers will have a new tool at their disposal to assist them in finding suitable jobs, training opportunities and identifying skilled candidates. The new San Luis Obispo Virtual OneStop is a state-of-the-art website that provides universal access to online services for individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking employees.

The custom workforce system, which was built using the newest Version 10 of Geographic Solutions Virtual OneStop software solution, was implemented to provide users with a wide array of employment-related services. Job seekers are able to search for all available jobs in the State of California using a search engine that "spiders" jobs from company and government websites, newspaper postings and corporate job boards. Job searches can be conducted for a radius by zip code, city or county, by metropolitan or workforce area, or on a statewide basis. Candidates can search for training opportunities within the system and Employers can have access to recent graduates who have completed training. Employers can also search for talent and rank the candidates using the automated system. All of the services provided are available at no charge to job seekers and employers.

Workforce Professionals (staff) also benefit from the new system. San Luis Obispo Virtual OneStop provides staff with the most cutting-edge job matching and referral system available. All services provided to employers or job seekers, whether self service or staff assisted, are recorded in the system and used to improve agency performance and regional economic growth initiatives. Case Managers can also keep track of individual financial aid, budgeting, employment plans, agency service attendance and WIA case management.

Virtual OneStop Version 10 provides Labor Market Information and skill requirements for the job listed. Job seekers are also able to develop resumes and cover letters and submit directly to the employer online. The new system will also allow job seekers to search for the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act initiatives such as Green Jobs, Veteran-Preferred jobs, Summer Youth, etc. Version 10 will also manage innovative employment programs such as unemployment insurance, welfare transition and aid in monitoring economic growth initiatives for San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo joins seven other California Virtual OneStops within a three hour radius: Ventura County, Santa Cruz, San Bernardino, San Benito County, Monterey County, Madera County, Long Beach County and Tulare County Virtual OneStop.

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