Why Use a Third Party Provider for Your OFCCP Compliance Outreach?
By: Recruiting Specialist
As a federal contractor, it is very important to have a comprehensive good faith effort in your hiring program in support of OFCCP compliance. Obviously, that means that are several specific tasks that contractors have to engage in and be accountable for as per dictates of certain laws. The first order of business for federal contractors is to post all their jobs in national job sites and/or post them in social media sites and also make it accessible through mobile phone applications. The idea is that such jobs should reach every nook and corner of the society so that they are accessible to all job seekers including minorities, women, veterans and the disabled. In addition, one has to post these jobs in specific niche job sites catering to the above groups. For VEVRAA, these jobs must be sent to One-Stop Centers and posted to state job sites.
For effective outreach, jobs must be posted to national and niche sites for maximum visibility. Now, posting to these national job sites could cost as much as $400 per job and posting to the niche websites could cost almost $200 a job. So it can add up very quickly. Additionally, posting to the state job systems, especially if you have multiple states to cover, as well maintaining updated lists of Community Based Organizations and One-Stop Centers can be very time consuming and labor intensive. It could also turn costly if you need personnel to manage all of this book-keeping.
A better alternative does exist. Third party providers such as America’s Job Exchange (AJE) can provide such services at a much cheaper rate. What’s especially appealing is apart from keeping costs low they also provide more expertise, efficiency and an understanding of how the process works. Third parties like AJE have over the years developed state-of-the-art web platform, job distribution technology and search methodologies. They are also intertwined in the ecosystem in a way that enables them to form enriching partnerships with niche job sites, community organizations and employment agencies which allows them to get jobs posted at a much cheaper rate. In addition, most of the third party providers have in-house specialists who can advise in specific scenarios when special support is needed and engineers who are domain experts. Most importantly, like any business, when a third party does the same thing over and over again for a variety of customers, they gain certain efficiency over time just from the repetitive process. Just like if you want to do some home improvements yourself it may take more time and might end up costing you more as you may not have the right tools and equipment and therefore it might make better sense to hire a contractor for lower cost and a better final product.
Sometimes people may be unaware of the fact that such third party vendors can also provide additional benefits like driving more traffic to your jobs and career site, offer a full range of products that develop your company’s brand for recruitment and offer a full suite of technology services like career site development and hosting. To top it all, vendors like America’s Job Exchange can provide live customer service and assistance in the event of an audit by providing pertinent data, reports and expertise to navigate the audit process.
The tasks are huge and the costs are substantial, so getting help from a third-party provider is highly beneficial. We encourage you to reach out to us and see for yourself how we can assist you!
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