Headlines: October 2nd, 2000

Traditional recruitment practices for public service jobs are about to change as the Internet challenges vacancy adverts in newspapers and journals. Later this month jobs4publicsector.com will launch a new service which will slash advertising costs and speed up the recruitment process. Other dotcom recruitment start-ups are believed to be developing systems to capture a slice of 300,000 annual adverts which make up the public sector jobs market.The on line service will do more than replace traditional adverts. Job seekers will be able to store their CVs and apply for vacancies on line. Prospective employers can present much fuller information about their organisation and what a job entails. Recently Liverpool City Council launched a recruitment drive for senior posts with a CD Rom included with an edition of the Local Government Chronicle. The CD Rom included a voice and text introduction from the Council Leader and the Chief Executive. It presented a video image of Liverpool and a vision of the city of the future. It will soon be possible to make this presentation on line at a fraction of the cost and in a greatly reduced timescale.