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Media Release

Office of Mayor Annise Parker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2013

 Contact: Janice Evans-Davis
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Jessica Michan
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 Mayor Annise Parker Launches New Initiative to Help Houstonians Find Jobs
State of City Address also Includes Announcement about Competition for Business Startups

Mayor Annise Parker announced the launch of a new citywide online jobs platform to help Houstonians find work during her State of the City address.  “Tweet My Jobs, Houston” uses innovative technology to combine the popularity of social media and the convenience of a smart phone application.  The free service already has more than 150,000 Houston job postings from entry level to senior level corporate positions.

“Houston is the biggest economic success story in America, but the best can always get better,” said Mayor Parker.  “This free and user-friendly online tool is the new way to find a job and hire in Houston.  Job seekers will have instant and direct access to thousands of jobs via Facebook, Twitter, email or their mobile phone.  Starting today, you can walk down the street and view on your smart phone all the jobs available in your immediate proximity.  Likewise, this will greatly simplify the hiring process, providing any employer, regardless of size, with the same fast and free access to the best and brightest recruits available.  This is truly a game-changer for Houston.”

Tweet My Jobs, Houston is available at www.houston.tweetmyjobs.com or in the application store for your mobile device.   Just push a button to find jobs or to post a job listing to every corner of the digital landscape.  The unique integration with Twitter and Facebook allows job seekers to receive job notifications via text message, email or through social media.  It’s also possible to see if Facebook friends are connected with the hiring company.

The online platform will allow the city to track the number of residents pursuing job opportunities, the type of positions being sought, the level of position and the industries in which job seekers want to work. It will also be able to show the number of jobs employers are posting over time as well as the type, industry and location of available opportunities.

“TweetMyJobs has launched in other cities throughout the U.S. and we have seen firsthand what our mobile platform can do to bolster job growth and economic development,” said Robin D. Richards, Chairman and CEO of TweetMyJobs. “We are excited to bring this unique tool to the 4th largest city in America and we commend Mayor Parker for her proactive approach and desire to adopt the latest recruitment technology available to support her initiatives for job creation in Houston.”

Tweet My Jobs, Houston is being funded through a $300,000 grant from the Houston Housing Finance Corporation.  It will be administered by the City’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO).  “The Office of Business Opportunity, through its Houston Business Solutions Center, provides a suite of services to help small and medium businesses get started, sustain and grow,” said OBO Director Carlecia Wright.  “Tweet My Jobs, Houston will expand the network of candidates available for hiring, while reducing recruitment costs. This platform is directly aligned with the Mayor’s priority to create and sustain jobs, right here in Houston.”

Mayor Parker’s State of the City speech also included an announcement about a business plan competition to engage individuals seeking to start a new business utilizing resources available at the Houston Public Library and OBO.  Participants will be provided with the resources and mentoring to research, develop and present their business plans. They will receive more than $1,000 in in-kind services.  There will be three cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for the top finalists.

 About the City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity
The City of
Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) is committed to creating a competitive and diverse business environment in the City of Houston by promoting the growth and success of local and small businesses through a wide range of services from start up business assistance to certification for established businesses seeking contract opportunities with the City. Through OBO’s Houston Business Solutions Center, we provide resources that help with the start-up, sustainability, and growth of businesses. For more information about the Office of Business Opportunity and our suite of services, please visit www.houstontx.gov/obo or call 832-393-0954

About TweetMyJobs
TweetMyJobs is the leading global social recruiting platform. Users receive highly relevant job matches and control where the matches are delivered (i.e. social media, email, text, etc.) and how frequently the matches are delivered (i.e. instantaneously, daily, weekly, etc.). TweetMyJobs pushes jobs into Twitter through more than 10,000 job channels segmented by geography, job type and industry giving the service an unequaled ability to instantaneously connect employers and recruiters with targeted job candidates. In addition, jobs get distributed to the Who? button, TweetMyJobs’ Facebook application, which allows jobseekers to use their Facebook network to find referrals with companies they are interested in. For additional information, please visit www.TweetMyJobs.com.

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