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Guest Column from State Representative Rick Carfagna: a Valuable Resource for People of All Ages

May 9, 2017
Republican Newsroom

It is no secret that continually advancing technology is changing the way we live our everyday lives. As a state representative, I think it is important that government seek ways to use technology and other resources to help make the lives of Ohioans easier.

One way in which this is already being utilized is through the website, In case you are unfamiliar with the site, it offers up-to-date listings of job postings across the state, both for those looking for a job and for business owners looking to hire. The site is simple to use and allows individuals to post resumes or job qualifications. It also is broken down into categories based on a person’s needs or interests, including for veterans or people with disabilities.

Besides just being a host for job listings, has helpful resources for young people looking for future educational opportunities. For example, clicking on the “K-12” link opens up a number of options, including opportunities for scholarships and career readiness advice that help students identify potential professional interests. Simply typing in a few key words or job titles opens up a massive field of information that can be helpful when looking at avenues for higher education and future employment.

As we often hear, we are living in the “information age,” a time when pretty much every piece of knowledge or information can be accessed with the click of the finger. But while this can no doubt be helpful, in many ways it can also be intimidating. That is why I believe is such a valuable tool for individuals who are looking for employment and educational opportunities.

Of course, it is in the best interest of our entire state to have people working. My goal as the representative of the 68th House District is to support initiatives that will lead to more job growth. There are plenty of job openings available, but, as many small business owners will tell you, it can be difficult to fill those jobs if people are not aware of them. For young people, the same can be true for things like scholarships and career readiness programs.

For beginners, even provides guided online tours so that no one misses any of the helpful resources contained in the website. I encourage everyone to take a look at, and as always do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions.