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Centers Link Employers and Workers

Entrepreneurs recruiting employees now have a new tool to add to their search arsenal. The federal government has created a partnership with state and local governments as well as various private and public organizations to establish more than 350 One-Stop Career Centers nationwide. About two-thirds of the states already have one, and every state is scheduled to be online by 2000.

The centers recruit and pre-screen prospective applicants, allow employers to post positions online in America's Job Bank (http://www.ajb.dni.us ), and provide job and industry growth trends and forecasts as well as wage data and other labor market information. They also offer information on complying with federal employment legislation.

In conjunction with the centers, a pilot project called America's Talent Bank (http://www.atb.org ) enables employers to peruse a database of resumes for potential employees. The service is currently available in Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Utah, and will be available nationwide if the pilot project is successful.

All of these basic services are available at no charge; more customized assistance, i.e. information not already included in the database, is provided for a fee. The One-Stop Centers may be called by different names in each state; to find the location nearest you, check the state government pages of your phone book under headings such as "One-Stop Career Center," "Employment Services," "Job Services" and so on. For more information about the entire One-Stop Career Center system, visit http://www.doleta.gov .

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: National.

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