New app for Nassau job seekers, businesses launches Tuesday

A new smartphone application will message job seekers A new smartphone application will message job seekers in Nassau when there is a possible match with a job posting. Photo Credit: Ana Maria Rico

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A new app to help job seekers find employment faster and local businesses connect with more qualified workers in Nassau County will officially launch Tuesday.

The smartphone application, NassauWorks, functions like most career websites: Job seekers build resumes on the website or through mobile devices and apply to job openings posted by companies.

The service is free for businesses, which could aid Long Island mom and pop shops that may not have the resources to advertise their job openings online. Some career websites, like Monster.com, charge up to $395 for one job posting.

The app will "improve the local business climate by providing local employers, regardless of size, with access to the same tools that are available to Fortune 500 companies," said County Executive Edward Mangano, who will unveil the app Tuesday.

Nassau County hired TweetMyJobs, a Burbank, Calif.- based social job matching service, to build NassauWorks. The county looked at how the platform worked in Atlanta and Newark, and spoke with local business owners before moving forward, said Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin.

The TweetMyJobs software also helps match job hunters with openings and notifies them of jobs via text or email.

Currently, NassauWorks features jobs only at large corporations like JPMorgan Chase and Starbucks, but the county will be publicizing the app to encourage small businesses to list jobs, Nevin said.

Employers like Bethpage-based King Kullen supermarkets, AriZona Beverage Co. in Woodbury, and Lake Success-based Astoria Federal Savings Bank have committed to posting future job openings on the application, he added.

NassauWorks is a county project, but Suffolk residents will also be able to use the app. Although Suffolk County and New York City do not use TweetMyJobs' services, job seekers using NassauWorks will be able to access openings in those areas if businesses post jobs through tweetmyjobs.com, the company's universal platform.

Nassau County plans to spread word of the app through mail advertising to county residents and businesses. Executives from TweetMyJobs will visit local chambers of commerce to teach company owners how to use it.

"We're doing a lot of work to get local businesses . . . in particular any businesses that may not post electronically, to work through the county and post their jobs," said Bo Kemp, vice president of client services for TweetMyJobs.

The NassauWorks application also includes features such as a map with location pinpoints of jobs, and an interactive function where job openings pop up as users walk and look at a view of the street through their smartphone camera. Users can sign up at nassau works.com or download the free app.

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