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Shawna McWaters-Khalousi Interview - The Right Job For You

We visit with Shawna McWaters-Khalousi of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce who is helping organize a broad effort to match prospective employers with job seekers.
Shawna McWaters-Khalousi Interview - The Right Job For You

Shawna McWaters-Khalousi

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Show 1209: Shawna McWaters-Khalousi Interview - The Right Job For You

Air date: February 26, 2012

 

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ROB:  WELL IN HER STATE OF THE STATE ADRESS GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN PAID TRIBUTE TO THOSE OKLAHOMANS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.  SINCE 9/11, SEVENTY-SEVEN OKLAHOMANS LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING IN IRAQ, WHILE EIGHTY-THREE OKLAHOMANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN.  THE GOVERNOR ALSO CHALLENGED EMPLOYERS TO HIRE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE COME BACK HOME AND ARE RE-ENTERING THE CIVILIAN JOB MARKET.

GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN:  SOME OF OUR MOST UNIQUE SKILL SETS THAT ARE POSSESSED IN OKLAHOMA ARE FROM OUR MILITARY, OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE GOING TO BE RETURNING FROM THEIR SERVICE WITH THE ARMED SERVICES.  THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND I ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF A MAJOR ONLINE INITIATIVE CALLED OK JOBS MATCH DOT COM, TO MATCH JOBSEEKERS AND STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS AND TO HELP GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND FIND THE EMPLOYEES THAT OUR BUSINESSES NEED.

ROB:  AND TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO MATCH PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS WITH JOBSEEKERS.

FALLIN:  ADJUTANT MAJOR GENERAL MYLES DEERING AND SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RITA ARAGON AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD TO PREPARE FOR OUR RETURNING SOLDIERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE HELP AND THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED TO TRANSITION BACK TO OKLAHOMA.  WE HAVE COMMITED RESOURCES TO HELP THEM TO FIND JOBS, TO RECEIVE COUNSELING, AND ALSO TO ADDRESS OTHER, THEIR OTHER NEEDS.

ROB:  I HAD A CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH THE PERSON WHO’S HELPING ORGANIZE THIS BROAD EFFORT, SHAWNA MCWATERS-KHALOUSI, FROM THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.

WELL LOOKING FOR WORK MAY BE GETTING A BIT EASIER AND BETTER THANKS TO A NEW ONE-STOP SHOP ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB.  WELL I THINK IT ALL IS SAID IN THE NAME, IT’S CALLED OK JOB MATCH; TELL US WHAT IT IS.

SHAWNA KHALOUSI:  OK JOB MATCH DOT COM IS A NEW WEB SITE THAT WE’RE LAUNCHING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE.  IT IS FOR USE BY ANYONE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.  AND WHAT IT ALLOWS YOU TO DO, IF I’M A JOBSEEKER, I CAN GO IN, IF I HAVE A RESUME I CAN INPUT IT, OR I CAN USE A VERY QUESTION AND ANSWER DRIVEN, MENU DRIVEN SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO GENERATE A NEW RESUME.  NOW, WE USE OVER TWENTY MILLION JOB MATCHES THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE PAST.  WE USE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO ANALYZE THOSE, AND THEN WE GET OPTIMIZED JOB MATCHES.  FROM THAT I’LL GET A SERIES OF ONE-TO-FIVE STARS RELATIVE TO THE MATCH, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY AT A TIME; RIGHT NOW THIS SYSTEM SPIDERS MORE THAN TWELVE HUNDRED OKLAHOMA-SPECIFIC WEB SITES, BUT TWENTY-ONE THOUSAND NATIONAL WEB SITES.   THEN I CAN OPEN UP AN EMPLOYER SITE.  NOW WHAT THE EMPLOYER SITE CAN DO IS, EMPLOYERS CAN GO IN AND POST THE JOBS FREE; IN ADDITION, IT ALLOWS THEM TO GO THROUGH A VERY INTUITIVE Q AND A SO THAT OUR SMALL BUSINESSES IN PARTICULAR, IF THEY DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE A WEB SITE, OR IF THEY CURRENTLY DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO IN AND PUT THEIR JOBS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB, THEY CAN DO THAT FOR THEMSELVES.  THEN, I CAN GO IN AND SEARCH THAT POOL OF OKLAHOMANS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR WORK.  NOW, OBVIOUSLY IF I DON’T WANT MY RESUME SEARCHED, I WON’T CLICK ON THAT BOX AND ALLOW THAT FOR THE EMPLOYERS TO COME FIND ME.  SO NOT ONLY WILL OK JOB MATCH DOT COM IMMEDIATELY GIVE ME A WONDERFUL RESUME, IT WILL IMMEDIATELY GIVE ME FEEDBACK ON AVAILABLE JOBS.  IT WILL, ON A WEEKLY BASIS, GIVE ME UPDATES AND IN ADDITION TO THAT IT WILL ALLOW ME TO LOOK AT FUTURE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME MIGHT HAVE UNDERTAKEN IN THE PAST.

ROB:  IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A HEAD HUNTER WORKING FOR YOU.

KHALOUSI:  ABSOLUTELY!

ROB:  TWENTY-FOUR/SEVEN.

KHALOUSI:  ABSOLUTELY!  SO THAT FIFTEEN MINUTE INVESTMENT THAT I’M GOING TO DO TO GET MY INFORMATION TO OK JOB MATCH DOT COM IS GOING TO GIVE ME WEEKLY FEEDBACK OF JOBS THAT ARE NEWLY AVAILABLE IN OKLAHOMA OR MAYBE EVEN OTHER JOB MATCHES THAT I HAVEN’T CONSIDERED IN THE PAST OR TYPES OF CAREERS I HAVEN’T CONSIDERED IN THE PAST.

ROB:  OKAY, SO WHERE DOES SOMEONE START?

KHALOUSI:  THE FIRST THING TO DO IS GO TO OK JOB MATCH DOT COM; GET A USER NAME AND A PASSWORD WHICH IS VERY, VERY EASY TO DO AND GO THROUGH THAT RESUME BUILDER.

ROB:  NOW SHAWNA, THERE’S ALSO A SECTION FOR OUR VETERANS?

KHALOUSI:  OBVIOUSLY, IF I HAVE HAD PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE, I WILL CLICK A BOX WITHIN THE QUESTIONNAIRE AND IT WILL ALLOW ME TO ENTER MUCH OF MY MILITARY DATA IN THERE.  WE ALSO FIND THAT THERE ARE EMPLOYERS HERE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA UNDER GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN’S LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS SECRETARY RITA ARAGON’S LEADERSHIP THAT ARE LOOKING TO HIRE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE HAD PRIOR MILITARY EXPERIENCE.

ROB:  IN ADDITION TO THE HELP JOBSEEKERS WILL FIND AT OK JOB MATCH DOT COM,  SEVERAL STATE AGENCIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO STREAMLINE THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HONORABLY SERVED, AS WELL AS, ORGANIZE JOB FAIRS AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.