Submitted by: Andy Pollard
Describe your idea. How does it work and who does it help?
The majority of ideas for enhanced services in the on-line recruitment sector already exist, both governmentally and in the private sector, they have to, because it's a competitive market, continually seeking an edge. Searches by location, trade, job type, salary etc., finding associated childcare, understanding the skills needed for particular occupations and where to find the training aren't new concepts, they're just spread around a bit .....
The trick is in better utilisation of the information & services that are already out there and providing members of the public with a service that allows them to bring together the information they want, not the information we think they want.
Job Search Plus could exploit the unique potential of national and local government by surfacing a wealth of information and on-line services tailored to the individual's needs.
By provision of a basic set of services:
- Public Transport links
- Local childcare provision
- Education & Training
- Company/employment sector data
We could offer a user definable service, which, once created by one user, can be re-used and built upon by others.
If someone wants further information outside the basic set, these can then be added
Consider the scenario; a member of the public runs a search for plumbers jobs and finds 40 matches in their area. They can then overlay this data onto a map to show where each job is. They could check on public transport between their home and the prospective employer or run a route-finder for driving. They could look up other employers in the area in the plumbing sector or look at local training or childcare provision .... the possibilities are almost endless, with the ideas coming from the service users themselves.
Offering an organically growing web experience puts government information at heart of a public service, but ownership and future development in the hands of the service users.
What information or services do you need?
National job search services (Job Centre Plus / Direct Gov)
Maps (e.g. Google Earth etc)
Public transport links & services
Route Mapping service (AA, Multimap etc)
Chilcare Provision (Direct Gov)
Education & Training (Direct Gov)
Company data (Jobcentre Plus / various)