It’s been available for only a few weeks, but according to Kevin Long from Montgomery College, Emsi’s Job Posting Analytics data is already making a big difference.
First and foremost, JPA data has been instrumental in helping Long get a sense of the current trends in and around Montgomery County, Maryland. In this way, Emsi’s job postings data—which compares de-duplicated postings to average monthly hires—has proven to be a useful complement to the already-rigorous program review process the college has implemented in part by using traditional labor market data inside Analyst.
“The job postings data has proven to be of enormous value in a very short time,” explained Long, Montgomery College’s senior planning and policy analyst. “We’re finding it very useful here in adding some real-time labor market ‘temperature-taking’ to our program review reports.”
“I just did a ‘Hot Jobs’ report and presentation for our community engagement unit,” he added, “and I used historical posting trends, top average posts, top average hires, and job posting yields to identify the occupations that are in the highest demand and hardest to fill (based on intensity and yield), mapping them to geographic companies and cross-walked to typical education requirements. This was a huge hit and very eye-opening.”
As part of the college’s bigger picture, job posting analytics is also helping Montgomery’s data-driven efforts to find key employers to target for industry partnerships. “We are using it to identify new potential partnerships with industries and between college units for better curricular design,” Long said. “A good example of this was at a community engagement meeting, where we noticed great areas of possible synergy between our project management certification and our Tech Leap program to fill the need for more IT project managers in the county.”
Long feels that Montgomery has only begun to tap the potential of the JPA report. “We are also planning to use the feature to identify needed skills and partner with those companies who have the greatest need to create pre-employed cohorts who will have jobs waiting for them upon completion, with their tuition paid for by grants.” But he’s already excited about what it can do. “I love the product! I’m in there using it almost everyday and will be training our other users on how to best maximize the results.”