ERIC Number: ED406581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Looking for Work in All the Right Places.
AARP Bulletin, v38 n5 p1,11-13 May 1997
Internet job banks have grown into a huge, global employment exchange. More than 1 million job openings are now advertised on 5,000 Internet sites. Employers can fill jobs faster and at less expense; job seekers can circulate resumes cost-free to employers across the country. Employment tools for job-seekers range from job listings to career development aids. Lists are organized by states, occupations, and industries. Employment sites work in different ways: inviting people to "post" their resume by filling out an online electronic form, providing job-search help, or notifying job-seekers automatically when an opening in their field comes up. Most job bank services are free. Using a job bank does not require technical expertise, since most contain instructions for exploring their sites. Through the Internet job seekers can gain insights into a prospective employer's needs and use corporate home pages to find information about prospective employers. America's Job Bank, a project of the U.S. Labor Department, is the largest service. It has the potential to create a national job market. The U.S. Employment Service funds "Internet access zones" to provide access to computers. The other "Big Six" job banks are as follows: Online Career Center, Career Path, Career Mosaic, E-Span, and Monster Board. Drawbacks to job hunting on the Internet are loss of privacy, lack of the personal touch, and the size of the Internet employment market. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Career Information Systems, Computer Mediated Communication, Databases, Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Information Dissemination, Internet, Job Banks, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Occupational Information, Older Adults, Retirement
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC.