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GeorgiaHire Links Employees With Employers

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Atlanta — February 9, 1999

A new University System of Georgia economic development initiative which offers a one-stop, cost-effective way for companies to recruit qualified employees was presented to the Board of Regents today (Feb. 9). The initiative, called GeorgiaHire, allows students and alumni of Georgia’s public colleges and universities to add their resumes to a statewide database for review by employers and to search for jobs posted by companies.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to post their resumes to a central location,” said Dr. Barry Fullerton, vice chancellor for student services. “It gives them a chance to put themselves into the job market whether they are still in school, or graduates of one of our institutions.”

Funding for start-up of this project was provided by the University System of Georgia. The initial $70,000 was allocated for hardware, and included challenge grant monies from participating institutions. An additional $30,000 provided by the System was used to cover the cost for licensure fees, customization and the development of a public service announcement. The System’s $100,000 contribution came from the Board of Regents’ special funding initiative, Connecting Students and Services.

The program is a facet of Georgia’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP), which helps the University System of Georgia play a strategic role in elevating Georgia’s economy. ICAPP Access, of which GeorgiaHire is a product, is one of four major operating components which provide user-friendly access for businesses to the resources of the University System.

“GeorgiaHire is another way to leverage the System’s contribution to the state’s economic development,” said Annie Hunt Burriss, assistant vice chancellor for development and economic services. “We have conducted surveys of businesses to see what they desire from our students, and now we are presenting them with a pool of potential employees from which to choose.”

Companies can conduct searches of the resume database by inputting key words, which target individuals matching a company’s particular workforce needs. There is no charge for students to post their resumes, and a small fee for companies to post job openings and company profiles. Companies can broaden the impact of their participation by linking their home page to GeorgiaHire’s web site.

GeorgiaHire is powered by JOBTRAK, one of the largest and most popular employment sites on the internet. Prospective employers or employees can locate GeorgiaHire on the internet at http://www.GeorgiaHire.com

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