ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., Proudly Supports JobGateway Website to Offer Career Direction, Engagement for New College Graduates
May’s graduates from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will be receiving a message from President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., this week, and her message will be one of encouragement and support with some helpful advice for graduates still looking for their first job out there in the “real world.”
The message is intended to let them know about JobGateway (www.jobgateway.pa.gov), a free, web-based application that matches employers’ needs with the skills job seekers possess. It is offered by the State Department of Labor and Industry, and even gives those who use it the opportunity to practice their interview skills online and share their recorded sessions with others to receive immediate feedback.
“The website is engaging and forward-thinking,” adds Dr. Welsh. “JobGateway is one of the best sites I’ve seen that offers our graduates tools for every stage of their job search, including tips and job postings. But the most useful tool is the “Big Interview” feature which allows users to interact in a mock video interview that may be played back and shared with others so the job candidate may ask for advice on enhancing their own interview skills.”
“This is just another thing we can do to help ensure our graduates have success in their lives and careers,” said State System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan. “We’re glad to be partnering with the State in this effort.”
Another advantage for ESU graduates and the Pennsylvania business community will be that employers may post their job openings on the JobGateway site free of charge. The program will sort and filter potential applicants based on the profile elements included in the job listings; then automatically refer the candidates who best match the posting criteria.
Job seekers can create and/or post their resumes on the site, also for free, and automatically receive the job postings that best match their preferences. Once registered, an individual’s information is used to find those matches, typically from among more than 170,000 job openings.
“I’ll be encouraging our new graduates to visit JobGateway in order to do all they can to put their ESU degree to work for them as they prepare for one of the most important steps of their lives,” added Welsh.