New Resource Available for Boone County Job Seekers
Boone County residents now have an easy way to find a job in their neck of the woods.
“WorkInBoone.com is designed as a free resource for Boone County employers to recruit employees and provides an easy way for job seekers to connect with local businesses,” says Amy Hammerle, workforce and community development manager with the Boone County Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC). “The website links job seekers directly to local companies via their career website or email address.”
An initiative spearheaded by Boone EDC, WorkInBoone.com offers Boone County employees and employers with a simple, one-stop-shop for finding and filling jobs. Complete with an easy-to-use map, the website currently hosts job listings from nearly 100 Boone County employers, ranging from large corporations to small businesses.
In putting the site together, Boone EDC had one major factor in mind.
“The number one thing that we wanted with WorkInBoone.com was simplicity,” says Boone EDC executive director Molly Whitehead. “We wanted it to be easy for people to connect with employers in the area. And on our end, we also needed it to be easily maintained.”
In launching the site, Boone EDC made sure to educate Boone County businesses on their efforts in hopes that they’d add their info to WorkInBoone.com.
“We connected with them via email, e-newsletters and personalized emails,” Whitehead says. “Amy Hammerle even went door-to-door to visit with our employers. It’s important to note that we really canvased the Boone County area to make sure that employers were aware.”
This being said, WorkInBoone.com will always be an ever-growing database, as more and more employers list their job openings.
“We’re constantly adding to it and getting more employers plugged in,” Whitehead says.
Although all businesses are welcome to be a part of WorkInBoone.com, the site provides extra information on a selection of featured Boone County businesses.
“You’ll see on the main page when you first pull it up that we do have the logos of our featured partners,” Whitehead says. “Being a public/private organization, that’s one benefit we’re providing to our members at a certain level.”
These featured partners are given the opportunity to bolster their profile a bit with additional information. Current featured businesses on WorkInBoone.com include local mainstays like Fanimation Ceiling Fans and Ken’s Foods.
“Many people may not be aware that Ken’s Foods actually manufactures Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce,” Whitehead says. “By clicking on those individual [featured partner] icons, job seekers can learn a little bit more about the company. It just helps people to know what they might potentially be doing.”
Looking ahead, Boone EDC will make sure it’s continually improving the user experience on WorkInBoone.com as well.
“As we start to get some data on how many people are using the website, we may make some changes,” Whitehead says. “But we really want to keep it simple to start out with. Let’s see how the site does before we get too complicated.”
To get a look for yourself, type WorkInBoone.com into your internet browser. There, you’ll find a tab for finding jobs, as well as a tab where you can post your company. For any further questions, be sure to contact Boone EDC via BetterInBoone.org.