PALM HARBOR, FL – (March 2013) – The California Employment Development Department (EDD), in partnership with Geographic Solutions, officially launched the new CalJOBS site on March 11th, a significant undertaking to modernize California’s service delivery and reporting systems by integrating software supporting the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Wagner-Peyser Act (WPA), Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), and Employment Training Panel (ETP) programs into a single, modern, integrated, Web-based information system.
The newly-launched CalJOBS will be a significantly improved service delivery tool for job seekers and employers, a highly-effective case management tool for staff, and an efficient data compliance and federal reporting system for EDD administration. The site also has options for the unemployed, veterans, older workers, people with disabilities, and youth.
The new state-of-the-art system provides universal access to online services for individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking employees. All services provided to employers or job seekers, whether self-service or staff-assisted, will be accounted for and used to improve agency performance and regional economic growth initiatives. The solution will keep employers, employees and job seekers competitive.
CalJOBS was built using Virtual OneStop® Version 12 functionality which will provide staff with the most cutting-edge job matching and referral system. Job seekers will be able to search for available jobs in California using a search engine that aggregates jobs from government websites, newspaper postings and corporate job boards.
The site provides users with a wide array of employment-related services at no charge to the jobseekers and is available in Spanish-speaking and visually-impaired interfaces. Jobseekers can utilize employment tools to create cover letters, build or import resumes, receive a list of available jobs via email or text notifications, and apply for jobs directly to the employer online. Job searches can be conducted by zip code, city, county, metropolitan or workforce area, or on a statewide basis. Jobseekers will be able to search for training opportunities within the system and employers can have access to recent training graduates. Employers can search for talent and rank the candidates using the automated Virtual Recruiter system.
Internally, Workforce Case Managers can also enter and track jobseekers’ financial aid, budgeting, employment plans, training attendance, Wagner-Peyser, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), and WIA case management in one online easy-to-use system. Local Workforce Investment Boards will have the option to implement document imaging functionality and Geographic Solutions’ VOScan Automated Service Tracking Module, a system that monitors traffic and training in One-Stop Career Centers across the state. All of the functionality mentioned above will significantly streamline service delivery and reporting efforts.