The City of Flint has announced it is making its entire employment application process paperless through online submission in order to make it more efficient and streamline the means to recruit and select qualified individuals. The push to go paperless is part of a Human Resources shared services collaboration with other area municipalities.

The newly formed Flint and Genesee Area Human Resources Collaborative is the output of a regional shared services effort lead by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and FARO. The City of Flint is the catalyst for this regional cost effective human resources hiring and management service network. The Genesee Intermediate School District is also a key partner serving as the Coordinator of the Collaborative.

The software being utilized by the Collaborative is called Applitrack. As the name suggests, the software keeps track of submitted applications and categorizes them by job description and area for more effective matching of candidates to positions.

Flint is the inaugural municipality to implement the system with the invitation extended to other municipalities to join in the future. Flint Human Resources Director Erycka Hunter says "this initiative not only streamlines the application process, it also reduces both the monetary cost and environmental impact of using paper."

The new system will also make it easier to for potential employers to keep track of applicants and for job seekers to find open municipal jobs. Once linked to the Applitrack website, applicants can view all available jobs for a given field and choose the ones for which they would like to be considered. The new link will soon be found on the City of Flint's website under the "Job Postings" tab on the Human Resources webpage.