JobsMercer fills the gap between employers who find it difficult to identify candidates with appropriate qualifications for entry or semi-skilled jobs, and job seekers looking for opportunities that meet their current skills and compensation requirements. Our goal is to gather and disseminate information in a way that increases employment opportunities and improves employment decision making
We connect qualified workers and available jobs by offering a "virtual hiring hall” in which workers would register their skills, experience and availability, and local employers could post job openings. For-profit temporary agencies already perform this function to some extent, but we do not think they provide a direly needed role as advocates to prevent and correct the chronic abuses to which these workers are too often exposed.
Furthermore, agency fees can be prohibitive for small and medium size employers, whose profit margins are razor-thin. Whereas larger employers, with well-staffed human resource departments, have extensive recruiting resources at their disposal, small employers frequently struggle in finding willing, qualified workers.
JobsMercer is a project of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF). Founded in 2004, LALDEF has been committed to serving low income Latino immigrant families in the Mercer County region for over a decade. Our organizational mission is to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate its access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding.
Our clients have skills and a work ethic that is prized by many employers in the area with openings for these kinds of workers, mostly performing manual or physically demanding tasks, and often for seasonal or temporary work, primarily in the service sector. However, our clients experience a number of barriers in finding employment, related to their low levels of English language fluency, low formal education, lack of access to their own means of transportation, or knowledge about the local job market. They are also often the victims of unscrupulous employers who seek to exploit these disadvantages by disregarding prevailing wage, insurance and workplace safety regulations. That is why we created JobsMercer.