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AWWA launches new Career Center for job seekers, employers

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AWWA launches new Career Center for job seekers, employers
January 31, 2018

 

AWWA’s most popular website feature just got a facelift.

The Association’s newly redesigned Career Center provides upgraded search options, easier ways to connect job seekers and employers, and several new features: email alerts of relevant opportunities for job seekers, ability to post resumes anonymously, free resume critique, and more.

“It’s essentially a new Career Center,” said Karen Pacyga, AWWA’s sales project manager. “It’s more intuitive and both job posters and job seekers will have a better user experience.”

The Career Center is AWWA’s most visited web destination, attracting more than 650,000 users in 2017.

“The Career Center has always generated the most traffic to our website and we expect the redesign to make the center even more popular,” said Mark Scharfenaker, AWWA’s senior manager of website and online content. 

The Association revamped the Career Center in the summer of 2015, but recently contracted with YourMembership, an association management software company, to provide the center’s software platform. 

“We will have a new Career Center all the time because it will be continuously updated,” Pacyga said. “We chose to move away from homegrown software because we wanted to have something that will continuously evolve and advance so our members will get the best product possible. YourMembership will be adding new features all the time.”

YourMembership’s customer service team will be available to answer questions for job seekers and posters, Pacyga said. AWWA’s customer service department will continue to support site registration.

All of the existing resumes and job listings were transferred to the new site, which officially went online Jan. 15.

Under the new platform, job seekers can still post resumes for free. A key change from the old Career Center is that resumes post anonymously.

 “A lot of people are pretty excited about this feature,” Pacyga said. “Job seekers won’t run the risk of their current employer finding out they’re looking. Recruiters and job posters contact the job seeker via the Career Center, which acts as an intermediary. Seekers can then decide whether they are interested in particular jobs and employers.

“Also, a lot of people would rather not reveal their names because they can be an indicator of gender, ethnic background, race, and age.”

Job seekers can set up customized job searches and receive email alerts about relevant opportunities. The site has free resume critiques, career coaching, and information on updating career skills.

Employers can post jobs, source qualified candidates, and promote their brand as a great place to work. There are posting upgrades that keep jobs at the top of the listings, promote it on AWWA’s social media, blast it in a bi-monthly Job Flash email, list it on the AWWA homepage, and more.

“AWWA Career Center exposes your jobs -- to both active and passive job seekers -- you can’t reach through other sources,” Pacyga said. 

Under the old system, employers were sometimes confused because they had to pay first, Pacyga said. Now, they pay after.

“It’s the industry standard to pay after,” Pacyga said. “Now, they’re able to put all their information in and know what they are buying before they pay for it. It’s more intuitive for the job poster.”

Another plus for job posters is that multiple recruiters and human resources professionals from the same company can connect their accounts within the system. “As a job poster, that is really beneficial because they will be able to manage jobs as a team,” Pacyga said.

For assistance or questions about the new Career Center, please call 860-437-5700 or email clientserv@yourmembership.com. To access your account, click here.

Do you have a comment or story idea for Connections? Please contact Ann Espinola at aespinola@awwa.org.