July 25, 2014

State announces mobile job search app, effort to attract veterans (AUDIO)

State officials have announced the job hunt has gone high-tech in Nebraska and that Nebraska is working even harder to attract veterans to the state.

First, State Labor Commissioner Cathy Lang says a new mobile app will make the information on the job search website, NEworks.gov, available on smartphones and tablets.

“The job search process can be daunting,” Lang tells reporters during a conference call. “So, we are very excited to offer this app as a way to make the job search features of NEworks even more accessible.”

NEworks.gov is the Nebraska Department of Labor’s job site that matches businesses with qualified candidates. Currently, 35,000 Nebraska jobs and 25,000 resumes are posted on NEworks.gov.

You can download the app in the App Store and Google Play by searching “NEworks” on Android devices or “Nebraska Jobs” on Apple devices.

Chambers of Commerce in Nebraska have begun adding “Local Jobs” buttons on their websites that link to NEworks.

The Nebraska Department of Labor is working with the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce on a new campaign, entitled “The Good Life for Veterans,” to attract more veterans to Nebraska.

State officials and business leaders will attend a series of military career fairs in several states, including Lawton, OK, Junction City, KS, and Colorado Springs, CO. All three areas have a high concentration of military and military veterans. All three states have higher unemployment rates than Nebraska.

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chris Roth has hired many veterans at his business, Reinke Manufacturing in Deshler.

“They have a certain skill set. They certainly have a discipline, and training, and work ethic that are just very valuable if you’re an employer,” Roth says.

The initiative grew from a Nebraska Chamber survey that found more than half the nearly 450 businesses responding had difficulty finding qualified workers and that the state lacked skilled labor.

State Commissioner of Labor Cathy Lang says the campaign will emphasize the opportunities available in Nebraska and the quality of life veterans can expect if they move here.

“We believe this is a very strategic way to attract new workers to Nebraska and veterans and their families are certainly welcome in our state.”

Businesses interested in more information on upcoming recruiting fairs can contact Grace Johnson with the Nebraska Department of Labor at (402) 471-4189 or through email: Grace.Johnson@nebraska.gov.

The Nebraska Chamber has established the website TheGoodLifeForVeterans.com.

AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman holds news conference to announce hiring app and veterans initiative. [8 min.]