People use the Internet for just about everything these days. It used to be that looking for a job meant scouring through newspapers, looking for words like “Help Wanted” or “Hiring.” Now, it seems most people resort to job-search websites and cell phone applications to aid in their search.

The State of Ohio, through collaboration with, has created, a job-search website aimed at helping prospective Ohio employees and business owners find what they are looking for in the jobs market. Ohio has seen many positive signs in recent months that indicate jobs are returning. This website hopes to link those openings to people who may have lost their job during the economic recession and are now looking to get back to work.

It is probably safe to say that not all states are pushing similar initiatives. Last month, 44 states experienced an increase in their unemployment rate. Fortunately, Ohio’s unemployment rate managed to stay the same and remains more than a percentage point lower than the national average. The national economy remains sluggish, but in Ohio the creation of 11,000 jobs in July ranked fifth in the country.

That makes this website that much more important. The site—accessible by both computer and as an app on handheld devices—provides a forum for jobseekers to post their resume online and also allows them to search through thousands of jobs postings to find an area or job they are interested in.

The site is also great for business owners looking to expand their businesses because they can post jobs, as well as search through a more abundant supply of resumes before choosing the right candidate for their job opening.

There are more than 100,000 jobs currently posted on the website, encompassing a wide range of degrees and skill-sets. In the end, the goal is not only to increase the number of jobs being posted, but also to increase the number of jobs being filled.

Finally, I would also like to invite you to attend any of the Manpower Job Fairs, which are held each Wednesday from 9 AM to noon at the Geauga Job and Family Services facility. Everyone is encouraged to bring an updated resume and to invite friends and family as well.

Geauga County frequently hosts jobs fairs. For more information, log onto the Geauga County Job & Family Services website, And as always, if you have any questions about the job fair, Ohio Means Jobs or any other state-related issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


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