"Workforce Weekend" Like a Dating Site for Jobs

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Over half of Humboldt County employers say they've had difficulty in hiring. At the same time time, local job seekers, especially graduating college students, say they'd like to work locally but can't find quality jobs. How can both of these things be true? There is a disconnect between employers and job seekers and research into data by the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) shows that. " Workforce Weekend " is a tool AEDC is hoping will bridge the divide. "It's kind of a cross between Match. com ... and a job fair," says AEDC's Susan Seaman, "we're building a portal that helps everyone find their right fit." Seaman described how the data gathered by the county workforce development board and HSU's school of business gave her the clues that led to creating the online platform. "In the HSU research they asked employers how professional they thought applicants were and it was very low. And they asked applicants how professional they felt they were and it was very high." One

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