Biz Chat 016 The Smart Place Jobs Tool with Lucia Cape
@asmartplace is a campaign of @huntsvillealcoc that connects job seekers with open positions & students with careers across North Alabama. It includes http://www.asmartplace.com with a job search & career awareness portal along with dedicated staff & programming. Our team includes Workforce Director Georgina Chapman @glchapman, Career Engagement Specialist Kent Ballard @kentballardjr1 & a Workforce Recruitment Director: coming soon!
The career awareness portal has hundreds of occupational videos, many featuring workers from the Tennessee Valley, as well as online courses. @asmartplace also hosts Industry Insights – tours & discussions with HR professionals for regional high school career prep & career tech teachers & counselors. We’ve focused on health care, cyber, engineering, advanced manufacturing & construction so far. #BizChatAL
Workforce is the #1 factor for new & expanding companies. We have low unemployment but high misalignment between post-secondary student pursuits & high-demand careers. We also have a high % of high school seniors who graduate without any career or education plans. New this spring @asmartplace is hosting Senior Sprint, a hiring event for 12th graders who don’t have plans after graduation. Dozens of employers signed up. We are also planning round 2 of our Second Chance job fair for the un/underemployed. #BizChatAL
Awareness of the jobs currently available in North Alabama is the top priority for @asmartplace. From K12 students to senior-level professionals in other parts of the country, we want everyone to know about the job prospects here & the quality of life a “smart” career can bring. A smart career is one that provides a living wage & growth potential across any of our regional industries. Check out this list for North Alabama jobs that will be available through 2027. #BizChatAL
Build a profile, explore careers & follow the education links to the best options for your career choice. We’re fortunate in North Alabama to have a lot of strong 2- and 4-year schools that can prepare students for a smart career, as well as @aidtedu. We really encourage parents to engage on the portal with their children. Most adults don't even know what opportunities are out there or how to help their kids pursue them. #BizChatAL
@huntsvillealcoc is engaging our new and expanding employers to provide content & post jobs @asmartplace to increase their pool of applicants. Our goal is to give them more & better qualified people to hire, now and in the future. We encourage our Chamber partners across the region to use @asmartplace as part of their workforce programs, too. Contact Georgina Chapman (email@example.com) @glchapman to get engaged. #BizChatAL
Thank you, Lucia!
Want to be part of the statewide #BizChatAL conversation? Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us as a featured guest, or hop in the chat every Thursday on Twitter from 2-3PM/CST on our twitter account: @mtlakeschamber or by following the #BizChatAL hashtag.