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January 2012 - Monster signs contract with DWP

London, Friday 13 January 2012: Online careers and recruitment provider Monster has signed a contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide a managed online vacancy taking, filling and automated job matching service. This is part of the DWP Digitisation Programme aimed at providing easy online access to appropriate Government Services and will ultimately enable jobseekers to find more suitable job vacancies more quickly.

The four-year agreement will transform the DWP vacancy posting and job matching service, replacing the current service with Monster's 6Sense technology, which matches skills and experience with the opportunities available more accurately.

The new system, due to launch in autumn 2012, will also benefit employers by giving them free access to a easily searchable database of jobseekers, expanding the talent pool they can actively recruit from via the Business Link website.

Monster’s semantic search technology has proven to be a leading online recruitment tool. It will be available for jobseekers and employers throughout the UK via the internet. Monster’s 6Sense technology differs from traditional keyword search because it understands the meaning and context of search criteria. It also ranks results based on how closely they match the search requirements, reducing the need to wade through irrelevant vacancies or CVs.

According to Julian Acquari, Managing Director of Monster UK & Ireland, the launch of the service should mark a turning point for the UK's unemployed allowing them to trawl more efficiently a vast database of vacancies and identify jobs that match their skills.

"Monster's semantic search technology has proven to be a leading online recruitment tool, and we’re delighted that it will now be used by the DWP to help get the unemployed back to work sooner," Acquari said.

"The agreement between Monster and the DWP will help transform the job searching process by reducing the length of time it takes to find suitable vacancies."

"Employers will also benefit from the ability to access the system and search for candidates according to the skills they require. This will provide them with an easily accessible talent pool at a time when many sectors are still suffering from skills shortages."

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Founded in 1999, Monster is the leading provider of online careers and recruitment resources committed to connecting organisations with individuals.

Monster has expanded from its roots as a "job board" to a global provider of a full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management products and services. Monster is changing the way people think about work and helping both job seekers and employers actively improve their lives and their workforce performance with new technology, tools and practices.

For candidates, in addition to providing the most advanced job searching and matching solution, Monster offers personalised advice to guide individuals on a range of topics including choosing the right profession, crafting a winning CV, preparing for interview and dealing with issues in the workplace.

For employers looking to recruit the most qualified candidates, Monster offers a suite of leading products and technologies to meet employers’ needs for recruitment as well as talent and career management.

At the heart of Monster’s success is innovation. In 2010 Monster launched the most advanced way to match job seekers with employers’ opportunities. Powered by Monster’s 6Sense(TM) semantic search technology, Power CV Search will pinpoint ideal candidates that precisely match criteria set by hiring companies. Candidates also have access to the same powerful technology to find the jobs that best match their profile and requirements.
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