-information courtesy of Crystal Smith, senior assistant to Warren County Manager Vincent Jones
Warren County employers and job seekers have a new tool at their fingertips to connect residents with local employment opportunities. Warren County Community and Economic Development has launched an online job board for employment and internship opportunities from Warren County employers. This service is free for both employers and job seekers.
The job board allows employers to register and post openings for jobs and internships in Warren County, according to information from Crystal Smith, senior assistant to Warren County Manager Vincent Jones.
Each posting will direct job seekers directly back to the employer to begin the application process. Warren County Community and Economic Development will continue to advertise the job board as a local and regional resource for job seekers and will also promote it in any larger state and national campaigns the department undergoes.
“One of the top challenges our employers face is recruitment; we hear it over and over again,” said Charla Duncan, director of Warren County Community and Economic Development. “When we drilled down to see how our businesses are currently advertising open positions, we found that a majority of them are advertising in limited networks.”
In a recent departmental poll of local employers, the top three employment advertising methods currently used are: word of mouth (79 percent of businesses polled), unpaid social media posts (68 percent), and placing signage at the place of business (53 percent).
“Businesses are reporting back to us that their funding is limited when it comes to paid advertising for open positions, or that the cost of marketing is too high,” Duncan said. “The Work in Warren job board is a free resource for county-based businesses that aims to give all businesses more digital exposure.”
“A few local employers helped to test the board while in development, and they all reported back that the process was easy and quick,” said Duncan, explaining that the board was designed to be a simple interface to connect employers with job seekers. County staff will follow the success of the job board and check in with employers over time to monitor any ongoing web development needs.
Duncan also stated that her department sees the Work in Warren job board as a recruitment tool for future industries and a future workforce.
“We have not had a comprehensive, streamlined reflection of the employment opportunities in our county,” stated Duncan. “If someone is looking to move to the region, we want to make sure they can envision a professional future for themselves in Warren County.”
Job seekers and employers can visit the Work in Warren job board at www.WorkInWarren.org.
Duncan encourages job seekers to regularly visit the Work in Warren job board just as they would another hiring platform such as Indeed, Monster, or LinkedIn. Job posts will remain active for 30 days before they expire, and employers have the option to extend the opening or remove the post if the position has been filled.
For more information, contact Duncan, Director of Warren County Community & Economic Development, at 252.257.3115. The Work in Warren job board can be found on the Warren County Community and Economic Development website at www.warrencountync.org.