The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is partnering with an online program in attempt to help local employers recruit qualified workers.
In April, the Chamber teamed up with NationJob.com, a website specializing in electronic recruitment. The volume of activity on the site reached a point this week that now any Chamber member with 30 or fewer employees may post job listings free of charge.
Close to 415 Terre Haute employers fit that category and can now use the website as a recruiting tool.
Dan Doan is the Regional CEO for Old National Bank, one of the site’s 13 featured employers, and co-chairs the Chamber’s Committee for Workforce Development. Doan said the objective of using NationJob is to make sure employers can recruit from a well-qualified candidate pool.
“Even existing employers in Terre Haute and Wabash Valley have a number of jobs that they’ve had difficulty filling, and many of those have required some skill sets that you don’t typically see day to day,” Doan said. “We are working to do everything we can to develop our residents to be ready for employment, another piece of this was how can we recruit from the outside across the country.”
Ken Brengle, President and CEO of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce says the program offers employers a unique resource.
“They’ve got a great track record, and they’re one of the largest job boards on the internet,” Brengle said. “They’re as big as the other big players out there, but they do it a different way – they do it by working with local communities.”
The program has already had an impact on area employers and job-seekers. Since the partnership began in late April, more than 300 local jobs have been posted. Over 62,000 visitors have viewed the community page, and businesses have received more than 1,420 inquiries and applications through the site.
Doan said the program will likely have effects beyond the business landscape in Terre Haute.
“Terre Haute has a long history of maybe a less than favorable perception, but perception is reality, and now getting folks to understand what the Wabash Valley has to offer in terms of a place to live,” Doan said.
“It’s absolutely another means to get to people. Come look at the employment opportunities – and oh, by the way, this is a nice place to live and raise a family.”
The site currently lists openings for a variety of positions, from engineers to janitors to Indiana State University professors.