Job Search by Phone
What Is America's Jobline?
Now, with the proven effectiveness of Newsline, an entirely new service called America's Jobline is possible. Once in operation in any particular state or local area, America's Jobline will deliver information about available employment opportunities to anyone who calls the system from a touch-tone telephone.If you are looking for employment, Jobline is a free public service provided by: the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Alabama State Employment Service with assistance from the National Federation of the Blind and the United States Department of Labor. New jobs are listed on the system each day, and jobs that are filled are removed. All that is required is a touch-tone telephone to establish your personalized job-search profile.
How Does America's Jobline Work?
With America's Jobline, the user enters a search profile into the system using the standard touch-tone telephone keypad to respond to menu choices. As with the job announcement information, the menu choices are presented in a voice-output format. For a brief demonstration, call (410) 539-0818 and use this Ready Reference Guide.
Whom Does America's Jobline Help?States served by Jobline
National surveys have estimated the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities to be as high as seventy percent. While access to job information by computer is now becoming commonplace in schools connected to the Internet, Job Service offices, professional and vocational preparation and training programs, and the growing number of one-stop employment and training service centers sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, persons who have difficulty using it, whether from disability or other causes, are in danger of being left behind. Accordingly, persons who are blind, individuals with significant visual impairments or dyslexia, and those unable to travel to job service centers will certainly benefit greatly from America's Jobline, which can give them an effective means of obtaining 24-hour-a-day access to the same job listings that can be seen on computer screens.
America's Jobline" operates in collaboration with the United States Department of Labor, state job service agencies, and Alabama's Job Bank on the Internet. Using the Internet for the high-speed transfer of computer files, the America's Jobline command center obtains job-orders which are updated daily. The files are then processed and made available for distribution in the full-word speech format.