Maricopa County partners with LinkedIn, ASU to help job seekers

Thanks to an innovative public-private partnership, people can start searching for jobs in a better way.

Maricopa County, the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn, and Arizona State University have teamed up with community partners to launch Skillful, a new website which allows people to search for jobs by skills, rather than only by tasks and degree requirements.

“We now have another tool to get people back to work,” stated Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor Steve Gallardo, in a press release.

Maricopa County and Goodwill are the anchor partners for this website that helps connect “middle skilled” workers – those who may have a high school diploma but not a college degree – with employers and career pathways.

“It’s another example of the innovation that we’ve got going in Maricopa County,” stated Bruce Liggett Maricopa County Human Services Department Director, in the release.

Representatives from Arizona @ Work: Maricopa County will be able to help job seekers navigate their job search in real time through the website via telephone, webcam, or in person.

“Along with looking for a job comes the education component,” stated Mr. Gallardo in the release. “How do we educate this workforce to be able to look for this new job to advance their career? Workforce development is everything. It helps families. It helps people provide for their families. This allows people to advance in the workforce.”

For more information about the Skillful Initiative, visit www.skillful.com/about.

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