Navy Turns to E-Recruiting

FRAMINGHAM (03/20/2000) - Faced with a deluge of e-mails, faxes and phone calls from candidates who see positions posted on various Web job sites, the U.S.

Navy Recruiting Command for months has been scrambling to manually sort, qualify and respond to the queries. But relief is at hand.

The Recruiting Command's "e-recruiting group," in Millington, Tennessee, this week is launching a résumé collection, screening and processing system, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Patrick Casetra, who helped research an automated alternative to the Navy's Web-based recruiting efforts. The system is based on Resumix, from Resumix Inc. in Sunnyvale, California.

"We spoke with [human resources] people at several major corporations before selecting Resumix," said Lt. Steve Zip, assistant public affairs officer for the Recruiting Command. "We wanted to find out what Fortune 500 companies were using."

When electronic-recruiting personnel enter recruit selection criteria into the Resumix system, Casetra explained, the software's search engine performs a keyword search on résumés received over the Internet and matches qualifications with the Navy's criteria to yield a list of the best candidates for the job.

According to Mike Jurkowski, Resumix's business manager for the U.S. government sector, in addition to the search and job-matching capabilities in Resumix 6, the Navy will use Resumix Internet Recruiter, an application that can post openings to hundreds of fee-based and advertising-supported Internet job sites.

Another Resumix component called Luminet lets recruiters mine the Web for résumés that contain specific qualifications.

Zip said that last June, when the Recruiting Command relocated its facility from Arlington, Virginia, to Millington, near Memphis, there was only one member of what is now called the electronic-recruiting staff. Now there are 13.

"We're going after a lot of people that others want," Zip said. "There's a declining propensity to join [the Navy] among young people, and there are fewer [role models] with a declining veteran population."

Zip said he expects that the new system will help and that it possibly will tap into the large numbers of ex-military personnel who are eligible to re-enlist.

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