Maricopa County partners with LinkedIn and ASU to help job seekers

Maricopa County, the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn and Arizona State University have teamed up with community partners to launch Skillful. The centerpiece of the initiative is a new website (www.skillful.com), which allows people to search for jobs by skills, rather than only tasks and degree requirements.

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

“It’s another example of the innovation that we’ve got going in Maricopa County,” Bruce Liggett, Maricopa County human services department director, said in the 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.

Representatives from Arizona @ Work: Maricopa County (formerly Workforce Connections) 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,” Supervisor Gallardo said 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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