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Posted on May 29, 2014

More than 17,000 recent graduates of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including California University of Pennsylvania, will be getting a message from their institution’s president over the next few days. Just a helpful hint, if you will, for those still looking for their first job out there in the “real world.”

The message is intended to let them know about JobGateway, 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.

“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.”

Employers can post their job openings for free on the JobGateway site. 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.

Cal U students and graduates also have access to Hire CALYOU, an online career center that includes job postings and a space to upload your resume for employers to review. Hire CALYOU also includes tools that allow job seekers to take a career assessment, practice interviewing skills, view resume samples and a salary calculator, and more.

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