City announces "Famously Hot" jobs initiative

The City of Columbia is hoping to make that job search process easier through the launch of a new online platform.

Mayor Steve Benjamin unveiled "Famously Hot Jobs" at a news conference on Main Street Thursday morning.

"I expect we'll have a significant amount of support from local business who'll recognize the value of this great public-private partnership," said Benjamin.

The new web site will use social media to connect employees with recruiters.

Emerald Washington moved to Columbia a month ago, when her husband found a better job. With a four year old in school, she's now looking for employment.

"I have a background in human resources and also accounting so, if I don't find anything in human resources I'll fall back on the accounting skills," said Washington.

She calls the city's newest employment effort easy to use.

"The fact that it comes to you instantly, that's what I chose, when I signed up, so I can get the jobs at the time that they are posted," she said.

Columbia has partnered with TweetMyJobs to launch Famously Hot Jobs. 12,000 open positions are posted, at employers that include Palmetto Health and AFLAC.

The city spent $50,000 for the first year. It's free for businesses to post jobs and free for job seekers to apply.

Users will learn about available jobs before anyone else and the site will help employers reach qualified, local candidates fast, first, and at no cost.

A job post on Monster can cost up to $350. Famously Hot Jobs can save businesses millions.

"About a 4.2, 4.3 million dollars worth of job postings already" said Mayor Benjamin.

It uses social media tools, an app, and Twitter and Facebook. Finding a job has never been easier, especially with your smart phone.  All you need is a street corner, launch the app on the new program, scan the street and the job openings pop up.

"(A) tool like this will make it a whole lot easier to find those jobs that I may not primarily be able to find doing searches on the web," said Washington.

Columbia's unemployment rate is just over 31,000.  Right now there are enough jobs posted to cut that number by one-third.

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