Alberta Builder Connect opened its door for business on January 10. Jobs are being posted by members on a daily basis and there’s already been some online business taking place between builder and trade and supplier members. The site has already registered about 240 member companies and close to 200 jobseekers. Hits to the site have been have been great, especially for a brand new venture.
The site is being noticed. Val Veldhuyzen of the Calgary Region HBA says “Recently the CRHBA posted two job ads on the Alberta Builder Connect website. The response received from applicants was surprisingly high considering the website is such a new job search tool. I was able to fill one of the postings within a week of listing the position.
A large advertising campaign was launched on January 1. It has been targeted at the general public, urging it to check out the site and to sign up to get job opportunities sent its way. Advertising is done through the internet, radio, restaurants and more. Much of the campaign is a catchy parody on internet dating sites.
Alliances have also been formed with the post-secondary institutions in raising the awareness of our industry with students. There’s advertising at NAIT and SAIT through posters, postcards, the internet and student publications.
Looks back on the first month of the site’s operation and says, “It’s been a bit of a slow build. We knew that would happen, but it’s long term prospects are terrific.” We are planning more information sessions for members across the province to show them how easy the site is to use.”
In the member’s area, companies can post jobs, post and respond to RFPs (Request for Pricing), browse the provincial membership list, and have access to online building and development permits.