“We have jobs!” FranklinCountyWorks.com
That simple message on billboards, Facebook, radio and other media attracted a lot of attention in 2012, and helped area residents find jobs during a challenging economic period. It also helped both large and small employers find the workers they need.
The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation created the recruitment website in 2011 and enhanced it in early 2012 with a job board.
An affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the foundation launched the job board with assistance from Volvo Construction Equipment, which provided $3,000 to market the site. Employers can post a single job opening or use the website again and again.
FranklinCountyWorks.com has reached more than 16,000 job seekers since January 2012, and there are more than 900 registered users of the job board.
“The Web site is making area residents aware that there are good jobs available in this area, in a wide variety of fields,” said Noel Purdy, executive director of the foundation. “In order to attract the talent needed to meet labor needs of area employers, we, as a community, need to recruit folks to the area and grow our own.”
Similar to careerbuilder.com and Monster.com, the Franklin County Works job board makes it easy for employers to look for workers, examine resumes and manage accounts. For job seekers, information about employers, quality of life, education and training resources is available, as is information about careers and associated pathways.
Menno Haven Retirement Communities, Summit Health, Manitowoc, F&M Trust and Orrstown Bank sponsored the website with annual contracts in 2012, and that gave them unlimited job listings. Their sponsorships also made it possible for the foundation to offer members of any Chamber of Commerce in Franklin County with 25 or fewer employees the opportunity to post jobs for free. Twenty-five small businesses used this benefit in 2012.
The Institute For Caregivers Education is one such business that used the free job listing benefit.
“Franklin County Works is a wonderful opportunity and benefit for small businesses and chamber members,” said Annette Sanders, president and chief executive officer of the institute. “Posting job openings on the Web site has proven successful in finding qualified candidates to join our Institute team.
Using this vehicle to find employees is smart business.”
Work-force development is a constant, according to Purdy, particularly in a county that is growing as fast as Franklin County. It is the fourth fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau reports.
“Franklin County Works is a great enhancement to regional recruitment efforts,” Purdy said.