Arizona’s Business Gazette published a great article about LocalWork.com and we wanted to share some of the highlights. You can find the entire article here on AZCentral.com.
It was 2008, and Ryan Naylor was graduating from college with a degree in business entrepreneurship. He looked around at his fellow classmates at Utah State University and, with the recession under way, knew that a large percentage of his graduating class was unable to find work.
Understanding this was not going to be an isolated pattern, the Salt Lake City native with a passion for economic stimulus and business ownership saw this as a source of inspiration, not discouragement.
“I wanted to be one of the community leaders who could employ these bright people,” Naylor said.
The Phoenix business owner now is accomplishing this goal with LocalWork.com, the job website he created in 2012.
At any time, there are more than 500 job listings on the site, which draws more than 40,000 unique visitors each month, according to company data.
Currently, LocalWork.com attracts nearly 1,400 job seekers each day, Naylor said. In the first three months of operation, it drew up to 30 in a day.
Naylor holds job fairs every few months and has held more than 10. For the first one, he said 400 people attended to apply for 120 open positions. The most recent event in September attracted more than 2,000 job seekers and employers needing to fill more than 1,400 jobs.
“It’s extremely humbling to be involved with this. There are so many great families that are victims of the economy and they’ve got great work ethic,” Naylor said. “To be that extra support system is exactly why we built this company.”
Some of LocalWork.com’s clients were able to take interviews from Arizona Replublic’s Georgann Yarra, on why they have enjoyed working with LocalWork.com
Bashas’ Grocery Stores has participated in at least a half-dozen job fairs, which have yielded positive experiences, said Don Adams, its director of human-resources development.
“They provide us with a cost-effective way to get the word that we have open positions out to job applicants,” Adams said. “They have been very cordial to work with.”
For the past year, Niki Lang, a recruiter for Safelite AutoGlass, has posted job openings with LocalWork.com and participated in a job fair that she described as successful. She was able to fill 25 positions from that single event.
The ease of using the website to post positions and personable service from representatives are among the reasons that differentiate LocalWork.com from other job sites, Lang said.
“There’s a face to LocalWork.com. You see an actual representative. With (other sites), you just see their job board but you don’t have someone who can tell you a better way to post (your openings). And that’s what Ryan brings to it,” she said. “It’s been a really good experience working with them, and we get a good recruitment flow from them.”
For entire article, please visit: http://www.azcentral.com/business/abg/articles/20131010linking-employers-hopefuls.html