The Job Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge

The Department of Labor has teamed with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to create a new website that brings together more than 600 online job search and career advancement tools.

The Job Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge is using the power of crowd-sourcing to get your input on what tools work best, and what you would like to see improved.

During December we recruited businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and others to share their online job tools with us at www.dol.gov/challenge. And the response has been terrific.

From national job boards, to industry and occupation-focused niche tools – the Challenge has attracted nearly resources from across the spectrum.

Now, it's your turn.

Through Friday, January 15, we are asking you to review the tools posted on our Challenge site, recommend the ones you like best, and give feedback on what works when it comes to online career resources.  But, just as important, use this site as a resource to apply for openings at companies and organizations that are seeking talented workers now.

Also, pass the link on to others who might be interested in taking part in the challenge, or to those who just want a one-stop online resource bursting with useful job information.

We are already seeing this become a great competition among a number of the sites, and are looking forward to seeing which tools rise to the top in the different categories.  At the end of January we’ll publish which tools received the most recommendations.

And the best part is this website will remain active as a source for information about all of the resources that took part in the Challenge -- an easy-to-access online gateway to jobs in nearly every occupation and location nationwide.

I encourage you to visit the site, try out some of the resources, and let us know what you think. Together we can help get America back to work.

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Hilda Solis is Secretary of Labor

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