Until Jan. 15, 2010, all members of the public are invited to explore the participating sites, review them and provide feedback to the DOL. All of the participating job search and career sites have agreed to allow job seekers free access as long as they enter the sites through the DOL's Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge Web portal -- http://dolchallenge.ideascale.com/.
The Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge represents DOL's first effort to bring together online job search resources. It also job seekers, and workforce professionals, to vote for their favorite job search and career sites.
In late January, the DOL will announce the job search sites receiving the most positive feedback from the public. An alphabetical list of all tools that were submitted during the contest will be posted on the Department of Labor Employment and Training Services Web site as a lasting job search and career information resource for job seekers.
"Even in these challenging times, there are jobs out there waiting to be filled," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in a press release. "By leveraging the resources of hundreds of private and public sector career Web sites, we have created a major online asset for job seekers and an innovative way to gauge which tools appeal most to consumers."