Advocate Health Care, an eight-hospital system based in Oak Brook, Ill., is dedicated to boosting minority representation in its executive suites. It has placed 20 open positions in the job bank at www.diversityconnection.com, the new World Wide Web site of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management.
That makes Advocate the most active employer user of the job bank among the 64 that have signed up.
"We've just started using it," says Melissa O'Neill, Advocate's management recruiter. "We've gotten a good response so far."
By Oct. 31, the Web site had 505 job candidates, up 37% since the month before, says Peck Lee, manager of the institute's career resource center. In addition, 194 mentors have volunteered to assist the young careerists.
Of the 505 candidates, 177 are entry level, 236 are midlevel and 92 are executive level.
Registrants at the site can be matched with potential employers or candidates. All services to job candidates are free. Employers pay the freight.
In October, 1,104 users viewed the Web site.
It's hard to gauge how effective the service is, Lee says, because candidates and employers who make a match aren't required to notify the Web site. "Occasionally, we have a candidate who calls and says, `Thanks a lot, I found a job.' "
Hersher Associates, a search firm in Northbrook, Ill., has advertised a chief operating officer position on the site.
"It was our first experience to purchase a service like this," says Linda Hodges, executive vice president. Hersher received a lot of responses from minority candidates, but most were too junior for the position, she says.
The service was "much too costly given the numbers," she notes. A specific search costs $5,000. The institute needs to beef up its reservoir of mature candidates before it's a viable option for most search firms, Hodges says. However, Hersher found one qualified minority candidate for the COO position through the Web site, and the firm would use it again, Hodges says.