Anchoragejobfinder.com aims to connect job seekers to open positions while gathering real-time data on the local job market
Employers across all industries are looking for qualified workers to fill open positions, with many in Anchorage offering new incentives, extra pay and even bonuses for successful referrals. Already focused on attracting and retaining businesses and workforce in the state, the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. has responded with a tool to support the needs of both employers and job seekers: a new, free website that collects all the online job postings across Anchorage in an organized, easy-to-navigate location.
Anchoragejobfinder.com pulls existing job listings into a database that allows job seekers to filter and search by employer, occupation/job title, industry, skill, certification and more. Because the tool scrapes the web for postings that are already active, employers get more visibility on the jobs they post online with no additional steps – their listings automatically show up on anchoragejobfinder.com. There are no fees to use the site, it’s free for job seekers and employers. Additionally, anchroagejobfinder.com links directly to the original postings, ensuring that applications go right to the source.
“Right now, we’re hearing that one of the biggest challenges employers are facing is finding the talent they need as business ramps up again. This website gets open positions in front of more potential workers with no extra effort from employers,” said Bill Popp, AEDC president & CEO. “It expands the reach of existing sites and helps connect employers and workforce, a critical step in getting our economy back on its feet.”
The site uses real-time intelligence data from labor market research software JobsEQ. AEDC already produces a quarterly real-time intelligence jobs report with this same data. The reports, available at AEDCweb.com, detail top employers, occupations, hard skills, soft skills and more in the Anchorage job market at a given time.
“Because Anchoragejobfinder.com is a comprehensive job-search portal, it also gives us valuable information on the local job market. We can see the full picture of what occupations are being frequently posted, what certifications and education employers are looking for, and what skills are in highest demand,” Popp said.
This information can help inform business decisions, from tech schools using hard data to determine which certification programs are most crucial, to businesses using ad duration periods to identify which jobs are easiest to fill.
Anchoragejobfinder.com was created with a grant from the Municipality of Anchorage using American Rescue Act funds.
AEDC is a private nonprofit corporation, operating since 1987. It exists to encourage growth and diversity in the Anchorage economy, promote a favorable business climate and improve the standard of living of Anchorage residents.
Spencer Shroyer, AEDC