Episode #30

High-Tech Tools for the 21st Century Job Search

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

In response to New York City's 9.1 percent unemployment rate, many New Yorkers are exploring new tech-based strategies to find jobs on their tablets, smartphones and even "dumb" phones.  

This week on New Tech City, WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports on new service offered by New York City called TXT-2-Work.  It sends text messages about job openings directly to the cell phones of New Yorkers who receive public benefits.

It's about "meeting the client right where they are, getting the info right in their pocket," said Katy Gaul, deputy commissioner for employment at the city’s Human Resources Administration. According to Gaul, the program also helps employers fill jobs fast.

Nearly 4,000 recipients have signed up for the text messages, but as the program is new, the city has yet to release numbers on how many people have found jobs as a result. 

Also on this week's show, host Manoush Zomorodi tours the New York-based startup TheLadders, which recently launched a service called Scout that matches a job applicant with open positions and provides information, like current and requested salary, about the other people vying for the same job.

"We're not showing you their name or the company they work for," said TheLadders CEO Alex Douzet. "What we’ve done is show you their title, what skill sets they have."

In fact, TheLadders itself is going through a technological transformation of its own as job seekers conduct searches on the go instead of at their desks.

"Our traffic coming from mobile has doubled every year for the past couple of years," Douzet said. "Today, one out of every three persons will access TheLadders from a tablet or a smart phone. We think that by the end of this year over half of our users will come from a mobile device."


Alex Douzet

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Wayne Shulmister and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman

Climbing TheLadders: CEO Alex Douzet Explains the Online Job Search

TheLadders is a New York-based job site that charges subscribers, mostly professionals from the white-collar world, $25 dollars a month to search its database. CEO Alex Douzet says the goal is to pair people with appropriate jobs. It even tells job candidates who they’re competing against.  

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Job Opportunities in Your Pocket

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William from New York City

So the solution to getting the underemployed back to work is to get an automated system to get the underemployed back into a another menial job? Technology is changing the nature of work, productivity is not tied to labor anymore. The benefits of machine automation far outweigh the need to hire for expensive unskilled labor. The city cannot afford to not address growing global unemployment epidemic pretending that the solution to getting people back to participate in the economy is to find another menial job for the, companies now with modern computers start lean and stay lean. Technology is changing the economy of the 21st century the current unemployment crisis is on that has been wrought by technological structural unemployment.

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Apr. 15 2013 09:53 PM
Uda. Braithwaite Bartholomew from 11434

Does anyone, here, who is serious about re-employing and first-employing the un-employed and under-employed folks of the Greater New York- taking the time to put (actually relatively old in the academic literature) advanced life-long employability skills into the hands of job-, career-, and business-seekers?

In small or larger GROUPS, the wise approach popularized from the deep research by Pastor Richard N. Bolles in What Color is Your Parachute? and his other books and teachings - PAYS OFF.

I am astounded at the number of Human Resources pros who have not worked these basic books that have spent 288 weeks on the NYT Best Sellers List in the past 40 years.

Every one of us should run, not walk, to read the newest editions and an old one (1998 or earlier- they have special gifts!) and work the books' exercises--- Then MEDIA-types- INTERVIEW the elderly and robustly Mensan BOLLES! So much of The Old Methods are so irrelevant, as are many of the uses of The New-Fangled Time-Fritterers. Each method MUST be seen through the eyes of the Best Practices of the Left-Brained Bolles, AND the eyes of BARBARA SHER the Right-Brained, for effectiveness.

NPR is a perfect place for these conversations, as The Work of Effectively Finding Work is not Rocket Science- nor is it a Sound Bite. I take 16 to 58 hours to take folks from inconsolability in Job Hunt Failure to Fishing FOR Them to teaching them How to Fish for Themselves for a Lifetime. I even take client-learners out to live work sites to do their initial Practice or Information Interviews.

I hope to join you on the noon Twitter Party, if I can. I live in Center City Philadelphia, and base most of my work in the Delaware Valley, but I am here in Jamaica, Queens to do some transitional elder care, and I will be doing phone workshop samplers at the end of this week for folks from everywhere. Feel free to call me at 215-618-1572, my voice mail-only line, if you want help in shaping such conversations. Thank you- all- for investigating the ultra-new methods of job-hunting. Please put them all in the context of well-researched Wisdom.

Apr. 09 2013 11:34 AM

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