Since the start of this year, Ohio has added 98,300 new jobs – making us the number one job creator in the Midwest. Our efforts to create an attractive business environment that enables companies to grow and expand are showing results, but we obviously have more to do.

One of our biggest challenges remains matching job seekers with those positions that best match their skills and qualifications. I frequently hear from individuals who have grown frustrated with their job search because it seems as though there are no openings in their chosen profession. Conversely, many employers who are hiring often encounter difficulties in finding the right people to fill open positions.

To help address these issues and get more Ohioans back to work, state officials have partnered with the education and business community to match job seekers with work. The Office of Workforce Transformation coordinates the efforts of dozens of state and federal programs to offer job seekers a single location for assistance in looking for work or obtaining training for those fields that have jobs waiting to be filled. It also offers hiring and business services for employers with job vacancies.

Another great resource for both job seekers and employers is OhioMeansJobs.com. This one-stop web site allows individuals to post their resumes and search through thousands of listed positions – everything from internships to entry-level positions to those requiring more advanced degrees. Job seekers can apply online for any positions they may be interested in, as well as learn about upcoming job fairs and workshops near where they live.

In addition, employers can use OhioMeansJobs.com to search through resumes and post job openings at no cost to them. Resumes can be searched by keyword, location, title or other categories to help provide the best candidates possible. Employers can also access information regarding job-training incentives, wage trends and regional talent reports showing in-demand job titles and the skills of those who applied.

One of our state’s greatest resources is our workforce, which stands ready and willing to help propel businesses in all sectors to success. Resources like the Office of Workforce Transformation and OhioMeansJobs.com play a critical role in ensuring that companies are able to find and hire the employees they need to move forward, and my colleagues and I will continue to pursue opportunities to improve Ohio’s business climate. Doing so will give job creators the stability and confidence they need to grow and expand – creating more jobs for Ohioans.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. You can reach my office by phone at (614) 466-0626, by e-mail at Oelslager@ohiosenate.gov or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.

State Senator Scott Oelslager represents the 29th District for the Ohio Senate, which includes portions of Stark County. For more information, please visit http://OhioSenate.gov/Oelslager.
 
 
 
  
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