WINGS, a new jobs website created by Mississippi State University’s nSPARC (National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center), was introduced to MMA board members at the Jan. 15 board of directors meeting in Jackson. Curiosity and excitement had many members pulling up the site, www.mississippiworks.org, on their phones during the presentation by Dr. Mimmo Parisi and his colleagues.
The Workforce Investment Network Global Services (WINGS) project was developed in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The goal of the WINGS development project was to create a fully integrated, federally compliant system easily accessible
by anyone, anywhere, anytime that assured high-performance data quality and integrity.
The site and app function as a one-stop shop, allowing job seekers to search for openings based on job type, location or academic degree required, and allowing employers to post openings at no cost and make connections with qualified candidates. The system can also advise job seekers how completely their qualifications match a particular job opening, helping them understand what additional education, training or experience they may need to further qualify. Once job seekers create a profile, they can receive automatic text or email notifications when new jobs that match their qualifications are posted.
The Mississippi Works system features specific portals for both returning veterans and college students. Graduates can search for openings based on their academic degree at msgradjobs.com. To date, more than 13,000 college students have registered for this service.
Mississippi Works also aids the Mississippi Department of Employment Security in quickly identifying Mississippians who have filed for unemployment benefits and then matches those individuals with appropriate jobs that need to be filled in the state. MDES was recently awarded
the 2013 Full Employment Best Practices Award from the American Institute for Full Employment. The agency won the award because of its success in reemploying people who have filed for unemployment insurance.