Volume 43 Number 3
Website of the Month: Scoring One for the Environment -- Water Website Recruits Online, www.water-marketplace.com
Tabbed as "the leading online supplier database for professionals in the water, waste and environment sectors," www.water-marketplace.com provides links to companies as sources to provide answers on a multitude of water-related recruitment issues. It also offers training courses, software and posts an updated classified section for those seeking employees or employment. As one can see, there's much to explore at this site. For this review, we'll concentrate on the more appealing and unique components of www.water- marketplace.com.
Hesitant to enter such a grandiose category, I steer toward less-congested waters. I spot something manageable like "Health & Safety" with only 101 entries. Of course, I have failed to mention that each category has two sub-categories listed, breaking it down even further for you. Anyway, "Health & Safety" pops up and I scan the first 30 entries. Twenty-eight happen to be based in the United Kingdom, so now I’m feeling a vibe here. Either this site has its origins in the UK or 90 percent of the health-conscious world lives in England. After pondering the point, I select the former explanation.
Each company also has a link. I choose #9 because the company’s name is Square Root Limited and, well, that has a catchy ring to it. Never should anyone say I don’t think things through scientifically. Clicking on Square Root brings me what I expected -- a mailing address, fax and phone numbers, email addresses and a contact name with a company title. Plus, I'm given "additional details" on specific services supplied by Square Root. Sorry, math aficionados, I find it hard to believe that "hand arm vibration assessments" will help you determine the square root of 7,744. (It’s 88, by the way.)
In all, 23 main categories are listed alphabetically. We won’t list them all here, but suffice it to say no stone goes unturned here with regard to the water industry. Some of the more notable include Certification, Liquid Monitoring Testing & Measurement, Training, Wastewater Treatment and Water Treatment.
Beneath the surface
As stated before, www.water-marketplace.com has a "job center" feature that allows both prospective employers and employees to scan the site for possible openings or applicants. The button can be found by scanning under the newsroom button at the left of the home page. It’s titled "environmental job centre." Once there, you're presented with current "Hot Jobs." Thirteen positions are posted in this instance with everything from an "environmental sales consultant" to a "contract hydraulic modeller." Looking down the list, one in particular grabs my attention -- "SHE Advisor." Naturally, I click on it. I am greeted with the message, "Access to this part of the...website is restricted to registered users only."
Flummoxed, I scroll down and see "Jobs Offered" and "Jobs Wanted." Also supplied are recruitment agencies. An "info pack" offers articles and links to career-related issues. If there's one main cog of this site, this would be it. Job seekers in this arena are a small, select group to begin with and the site recognizes that fact, using numerous resources such as a technology database, software guide, a "powersearch" among other tools to assist qualified applicants to find something in their field of expertise. On the other hand, companies are compelled to use this site as a valuable resource in finding that "perfect fit" for their operation.
"Information/documents" gives visitors a search engine (as a great service to any visitor, search boxes are found everywhere on the site including near the bottom of the home page) that allows only specific information from pertinent websites. Type in a word and the websites come to you. "Products and Services" provides access to the site’s technology database. With the help of another search engine, visitors can obtain information by category or company (over 100 are listed).
Open 24 hours a day, "Training courses" lets visitors search for specific courses in numerous types of disciplines. It’s also broken down by company provider. The good news is that some of the course information is available to be downloaded for free. The "Software" button basically allows you to compare offerings from various companies along with their contact information. Finally, "Events" provides a schedule of programs, conferences and expos that deal directly with water and environmentally-related topics. Though it displays the present month through 2003, only the majority of 2001 and July and September 2002 are accessible. Still, a noteworthy resource.