MGM Springfield brings innovative software to job seekers

by Jim Kinney,

MGM Springfield is bringing what it calls innovative job- and employee-searching technology to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday for a jobs showcase.

The showcase is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Hall of Fame on East Columbus Avenue. No one needs to bring paperwork with them, organizers say. It is necessary to register beforehand; to do so go to the showcase’s website here ».

The fair comes not only in advance of MGM Springfield’s plan to build an $800 million gambling and entertainment complex in Springfield’s South end, but also prior to the November referendum that could rescind the state’s casino law and scuttle the whole deal. Jobs provided by the casino has been a major talking point of casino boosters seeking to defeat the ballot question.

The technology is a set of computer algorithms called SkillSmart, a sort of computer program job seekers will use Wednesday at temporary kiosks set up at the Hall of Fame. SkillSmart gets employers and job seekers away from  the now-common procedure of scanning resumes into a system and then searching them for keywords to identify the best applicants, said Mike Knapp, CEO of SkillSmart which is also the name of the company.

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Officials: Cooperation Needed to Meet Jobs’ Demands

Kevin James Shay,

Education, government and business leaders must collaborate to take advantage of the region’s standing as a national leader in cyber security job openings, officials said during a meeting in Silver Spring last week.Collaboration between officials


“It’s not an opportunity, it’s a requirement. We can’t address the significant challenge ahead unless we work together,” said Jason Green, co-founder of SkillSmart, a Germantown-based business that matches job seekers and employers based on skills.

Green is a member of the regional advisory board of Per Scholas, a New York-based nonprofit organization that organized last week’s meeting and provides technology education and job placement. The group has an office in Silver Spring.

The cyber security field is changing quickly, participants said. While a recent security breach at JPMorgan Chase is one of the more publicized threats, there were about 1.5 million cyber attacks monitored in the U.S. last year, according to Per Scholas. Three-fourths of the breaches occur at smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees.

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Skills are the new currency in the workplace


Five candidates waiting for job interviews

Effectively, what all studies point to is the growing need for developing the skills employers are demanding. But even if someone sets out to pursue a “demand-driven” approach to education, it’s difficult to find a scholastic path that aligns educational offerings to employer needs. Though a simple concept, it’s not how most education providers or employers are currently designed to operate. Historically, those who hire and those who educate have not communicated effectively. It’s time to change this.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SkillSmart Part of Team Awarded Maryland EARN Grant

For-Immediate-ReleaseSkillSmart platform will be used to place skilled healthcare workers within four of the county’s healthcare systems as part of State grant over the next two years.

“SkillSmart, the next generation job placement platform that matches job seekers to employers based on skill proficiency, is partnering with Montgomery County Business Development Corporation (MBDC) to implement a 2014 EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Grant, awarded by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Together, SkillSmart, MBDC and the other grant partners will use this grant to address the workforce skills gap, and to advance workers in the county’s healthcare sector.”

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Are You One Skill Away From Your Dream Job? Meet the Man Who Will Help You Find Out


“When it comes to serving his community, Jason Green has a lot to live up to. He’s the son of a preacher, and the great great grandson of Garey Green, a carpenter who helped build his Maryland town’s first school for African American children in 1874 — offering opportunity when there was none. Walking through the creaky two-room school house, which still stands today, Jason can’t help but feel inspired.”

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Who is The Challenge Cup DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup?

“In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail has proudly partnered with 1776, the Washington, DC-based startup incubator, to bring you the Challenge Cup – a global competition to identify the hottest startups in education, energy, health, and smart cities.Earlier this week, the first Challenge Cup was held at 1776 in DC, where 36 startups vied for the four regional winners’ spots within their respective category.”

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What’s the human experience of long-term unemployment? and the Rockefeller Foundation team up to capture the real-life experiences of job seekers and employers.

Long-term unemployed job seekers face a range of challenges in seeking, interviewing, attaining, and retaining satisfying work experiences. From stigmatization due to past history to the inability to properly translate valuable skills developed during unemployment, job seekers often face storytelling struggles during the application process. To add to these barriers, the modern online method of job seeking has led to aimless applying, ignoring qualifications or level of interest. More »

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