In a bid to support businesses across the state, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has expanded its Virtual Career Center, a free platform for businesses to swiftly locate skilled job candidates.
This enhanced service, reflecting Governor Hochul’s goal of making New York the nation’s most business-friendly state, allows companies to directly communicate with prospective hires, post job listings, and streamline their recruitment phases. Initially introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic for unemployed New Yorkers, the platform was broadened in 2022, granting access to over 250,000 vetted job listings and career advancement resources. As a result, NY’s half a million businesses can now benefit from the platform’s skills-based hiring feature.
Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon highlighted the efficiency of the virtual tools in connecting businesses with the state’s talented workforce. With more than 80,000 job seekers registered on the platform, its expansion was made possible through a collaboration with Eightfold, an AI-driven talent intelligence platform. Eightfold CEO, Ashutosh Garg, lauded the state’s emphasis on career-building opportunities, emphasizing their pride in the partnership. This enhancement is part of NYSDOL’s ongoing commitment to bridging the gap between job opportunities and job seekers virtually. They also offer free online courses in partnership with Coursera, focusing on in-demand career skills.
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