Government work website gets makeover, relaunch

The government's job-seekers' web portal, Work Site, will receive a make-over and new content input later this month and will be officially relaunched in early 2004.

The government's job-seekers' web portal, Work Site, will receive a make-over and new content input later this month and will be officially relaunched in early 2004.

Work Site's first iteration was launched in July this year however failed to attract much attention from either within government circles or beyond. Project manager Greg Sloane puts that down to a lack of awareness of just what the site has on offer.

"It's a really important asset and it's slowly working its way through the system as people realise what it can do for them. They go away saying 'this is great, I wish I'd known about it sooner'."

The site doesn't simply list situations vacant, it's an "information portal" says Sloane.

"Our role is to provide our users with the opp to find information they need in the context they require it and then they can go get that information."

The site offers advice on careers, education and training courses as information for those that employ staff and those that work for themselves.

Sloane says the new look site will offer all that and more.

"It's a very different look to the site and we like to think it's a much more exciting look. It's starting to look more like a portal than a website."

Personalisation is important to the site's development as well.

"We have been thinking about personalisation and we're starting to kick off that with the ability to subscribe to publications from the site."

The new site will expand its brief to the private sector as well as the public.

"We are including private sector information as well as ACC and IRD information."

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