Philadelphia Works, the city's reconfigured workforce development agency, has launched a new website to connect job seekers and employers.

 

Nikki Woods, director of a Career Link center in Philadelphia, says visitors can find tips as well as schedules for her resume-writing workshops and other classes on the site.

"They can get other information such as labor market information," she said. "They can get information on resume tools that are available through the website."

Job seekers can also access a database of tens of thousands of job openings in Pennsylvania.

Woods'  center serves people with different backgrounds, from those with few skills to those with college or professional degrees.

Martha Rios, a social worker who was laid off in December, says the CareerLink makes the dehumanizing job search process easier to stomach.

"It's not only just on the computer but there are actual live people here human beings who are actually helping people who are human beings seeking for work," said Rios, who was in Rios is in the office to prepare for a job interview. When she heard about the opening, thanks to the center, she was "jumping up and down" after getting the call.

Philadelphia Works connects employers to a skilled workforce and helps individuals develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace. The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation merged in 2012 to create Philadelphia Works.