Conn. Sets Up Job Web Site for Lincoln National Employees

August 23, 2006

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has unveiled a new web site designed to help laid off Lincoln National Corp. insurance employees find new employment more quickly. This specialized site provides the displaced workers with an electronic resume bank that links them to five major Hartford insurance companies.

In July, Lincoln announced it would cut 75 jobs at its Hartford location. The 75 jobs will go to Greensboro, N.C., and Concord, N.H. during the next five months. However, the company noted that all 75 affected workers may not be laid off because the company hopes to move some into open positions. The 75 people work in operations that service life insurance policies and handle claims.

According to Rell, “The goal of this initiative is help maintain an important workforce in our capital city by directly connecting the displaced workers in a simple and efficient way with insurance companies that are currently hiring.”

The web site will give affected workers the ability to post their applications online to five insurers — Aetna, Mass Mutual, Phoenix, The Hartford and Travelers. Once employee information is in the system, the companies can review the various qualifications noted in the applications and contact individuals directly. Participating companies can also sort the electronic information by several criteria, including desired positions and the date an individual will be available for employment.

She thanked the insurers for working with the state on the project.

“Losing a job is never easy and this initiative simplifies the process of finding new employment,” Rell noted. “Many of the affected workers have specific and highly-sought skills that other insurance companies are seeking.”

The web site is hosted by the Connecticut Department of Labor in partnership with the state Department of Economic and Community Development, the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, Capital Workforce Partners and Capital Community College.

Source: Gov. Rell’s Office

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