South Carolina's long line of job seekers soon will have a new tool to help them hunt for work.
On Aug. 30, the state Department of Employment and Workforce will debut a new website, www.SConestop.org, that is a virtual one-stop shop in the search for a job.
It will serve the same function as a the agency's 38 offices across the state. Employers can use it, too.
"We've had other job search engines in the past, but we wanted something more modern, more on the cutting edge of technology," said John L. Finan, the employment agency's executive director. "I think all of our customers, both job seekers and employers, are going to see a dramatic improvement and a much more effective system."
The new website allows online job searches to be conducted from one site instead of going to different places, said Courtney Nowak of the state Workforce Development Program.
"So instead of subscribing to all of these other search engines, when you register at S.C. OneStop, create a resume and start searching for jobs, you're not only looking at the jobs that the agency has recruited on the site, you're looking at jobs that are coming from search engines all over the nation," Nowak said.
People already registered through S.C. JobLink will be automatically transferred to the new site, she said.
Job seekers will be able to access the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any Internet connection, including handheld devices such as an iPhone or a BlackBerry.
Users also can use Resume Builder software, which is searchable by employers, or import an existing resume. Registration is free.