May 13, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sydney, NS – The Cape Breton Partnership is excited to announce new features in the recently launched Cape Breton Job Board. This tool is the first job board of its kind, made specifically for Cape Breton job-seekers and employers. The Job Board aims to support Cape Breton job-seekers and employers in their search to find the best-suited job opportunities and candidates on the Island and will help shape the future landscape of employment in in Unama’ki – Cape Breton.
“In August of 2020, the Cape Breton Job Board was officially launched,” said Carla Arsenault, Cape Breton Partnership President & CEO. “This tool filled a gap, and will support employers and job-seekers alike. The feedback from users and stakeholders, such as Nova Scotia Works and local employers, helped us fine-tune the tool to identify upgrades that enhanced the user-experience and functionality of the site.”
This free online platform includes special features that allow job-seekers to receive notifications for jobs they are interested in and qualified for. It is easy to use and will make it more seamless for job-seekers to find meaningful work and employers to identify qualified candidates on the Island. The job board has its own dedicated social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and will promote all jobs on those channels.
The Cape Breton Job Board was born out of necessity in 2019, after the Cape Breton Partnership hosted a successful Cape Breton-based Job Expo. During this event, more than 20 employers registered to hire for more than 250 job opportunities. The Job Expo united employers and job-seekers in one setting and was a great success. As a result, a series of job expos were scheduled for 2020, and more than 30 employers were set to participate and hire for 300 opportunities. As a result of COVID-19, the 2020 job expos were cancelled and we were unable to bring Cape Breton employers and job-seekers together due to public health restrictions.
In response to the cancelled events, and as a result of the gap in the market, the Cape Breton Partnership created the Cape Breton Job Board. Since its initial launch, the job board now offers a unique email notification system for job-seekers that is based on the Canadian National Occupational Classification system. Upgrades have also implemented to focus on employers’ intended audience and to maximize the reach of opportunities posted on the platform.
With the website’s new functionality, job-seekers can quickly and efficiently set up a profile to outline their skillsets and career aspirations, and employers can create a profile outlining the types of skills and industry for which they are looking to hire. Another aspect of the website allows job-seekers to sign up to receive notifications in real-time when new job opportunities are posted that match their skillsets.
“Using other platforms, job-seekers often receive email notifications and recommendations for employment opportunities that are irrelevant to their field, qualifications or interests,” says Omar Tag El-Din, Labour Market Development & Immigration Officer with the Cape Breton Partnership. “So, we based the system on the Canadian National Occupational Classification system, which is the standard for employment, labour market information and immigration in Canada. We’ve eliminated all the guess work and gave control directly to the job-seeker to determine what they want to be notified about.”
Ensuring that job-seekers and employers can get access to only the information they need is vital to a seamless job-seeking experience. “This feature is unique to our platform, with the exception of the Canadian Job Bank. We have built a platform matching national standards that Cape Breton can be proud of and now we’re excited to get this into the hands of job-seekers and employers all across Cape Breton,” says Tag El-Din.
The Cape Breton Partnership will offer information sessions about how to use the Cape Breton Job Board for employers and job-seekers as public health restrictions are eased. To visit the site and set up a profile, visit: www.capebretonjobboard.com. Job seekers and employers are encouraged to follow the three dedicated social media pages for this tool on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.
Cape Breton Partnership
About the Cape Breton Partnership:
The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our island as a great place to live and invest; growing a culture that values and celebrates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed. For more information, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com.