Date:February 10, 2014
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LWC upgrades website for employers and job seekers
New features make it easier to find qualified employees, land high-demand jobs

BATON ROUGE The Louisiana Workforce Commission upgraded its system of web-based services for employers and job seekers over the weekend, all designed to make it easier for employers to find qualified workers and for job seekers to find high-demand jobs.

We continue to improve our web-based services so Louisianas employers can continue to satisfy their employment needs, and so more Louisiana residents find and qualify for these high-demand jobs, said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink.

The enhancements enable employers to:

Send messages directly to individuals seeking jobs;

Use keyword searches when reviewing rsums, and to rank, flag and filter job application questions and answers;

Include additional skills, telecommuting availability and criminal background requirements in job posts;

Create job post templates, and add more functions within the Favorite Candidates tab.

New features for job seekers include:

Custom job search options;

More informative job posts, rsum enhancements, and more links to education and training and information for veterans, youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities;

A new career ladder tool allowing job seekers to visualize and plan a pathway in a chosen occupation;

New social media features allowing job seekers to import their employment history directly from their LinkedIn profiles and to share job listings on Facebook and Twitter.

The web-based system is called HiRE, which stands for Helping Individuals Reach Employment. It combines the LWCs employment and job search services and unemployment insurance services, effectively integrating the agencys systems for job seekers, employers and training providers.

With a single login and password, individuals who file for unemployment insurance benefits are simultaneously registered for work, receive immediate access to job opportunities in their area and get connected to employment services and training.

The next phase of the LWCs online services launch, scheduled to go live this summer, will enable unemployment benefits recipients and employers to handle all appeal functions online.

A final phase, scheduled for 2015, will enable employers to carry out all of their LWC business within the web-based system, including filing appeals and paying unemployment taxes online.

Learn more about the LWCs web-based services, new features or sign-up for a free job seeker or employer account at

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