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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Website: www.job-in-the-city.com

If the length of time between my last blog entry and this one is not a testament to how busy life can get, I'm not sure what is!  How am I supposed to catch up on over a year's worth of experiences?  I guess a bullet list of the some of the bigger events will do:
  • I switched from the day-time MPA program to the EMPA program after my first semester because of an incredible job opportunity.
  • I attended the ICMA conference in San Jose.
  • I attended the UCMA conference in SLC and St. George.
  • Now taking classes with the EMPA program (Statistics, HR, Municipal Bonds)
  • I attended the ICMA conference in Milwaukee.
  • I will attend the UCMA conference in SLC this Friday.
There's a lot more that could go with that list, but I figured I would keep it to work/school related events.  Speaking of work/school related events, the real reason I thought to write this entry is because of a new website I created called job-in-the-city.com.  As I have been contemplating my future career, I realized that there are limited resources to those who are seeking local government jobs.  So, I sought to fill that gap and provide a web-based solution that compiles the job listings of local governments across the nation into one easy to use FREE website!

The word about job-in-the-city.com has already gone from coast to coast.  Within a matter of a couple weeks, our listings were pulled up in the natural results of google (that's a big deal) AND we were mentioned in a news article published in Portsmouth, RI.

I've had this idea for quite some time but didn't really put it to motion until right before the ICMA conference in Milwaukee.  I wanted a live site up so I could get feedback from the conference attendees.  It was really exciting to see how enthusiastic City Managers at the ICMA conference were about the idea of job-in-the-city.com  They related to me how they too find it difficult to search for job opportunities in City Management positions and that this new site would be a great resource for them.

As the site continues to grow, I hope that MPA programs across the nation will find it to be a valuable resource and post a link on their job resource websites so that their students can have access to it.

Still on my way to an MPA!