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Vital Information for Connecticut Employers and Jobseekers
Partnerships and collaboration are vital to The WorkPlace’s efforts helping people prepare for careers and strengthening the workforce for employers. The WorkPlace works closely with government agencies (federal, state, local), regional business organizations, employers, think tanks, approved training providers, both non-profit and for-profit, and staffing agencies.
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In partnership with numerous community agencies and local chief elected officials, The WorkPlace has developed a comprehensive four-year plan for the Southwest Connecticut Regional Workforce Development Area. The plan has adopted overarching goals which align with the state plan to serve the needs of job seekers and employers in our area.

The WorkPlace Four Year SWCT Local Workforce Development Plan and Plan Attachments

Business Survey to help WestCOG

Are you a CT business owner in the following towns – Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Weston, Westport, or Wilton? The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region. We are requesting your participation in a Business Survey to help guide WestCOG with the economic development goals and policy in the region for the next five years. 

Take the survey today! Thank you for participating. The survey will be open through December 31, 2016.


The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is in the business of growing your business.

DECD is the state’s lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs that support business growth and innovation. The department offers a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper in Connecticut.


Financing — Learn More
Tax Credits and Incentives — Learn More

Programs for Employers & Employer/Employee Services:
Recruitment & training assistance, tax credits, Step Up initiatives, Labor Relations/ Mediation & Arbitration services and more. Learn More

CTHires (Connecticut Helping Individuals and Employers Reach Employment Success) is the Connecticut Department of Labor’s new comprehensive workforce development system designed to provide integrated services via the Internet to individuals and employers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Learn More

Labor Market Information:
Jobs data, economic forecasts, career info, workforce analysis. Learn More

Wage Laws and Workplace Safety:
Protecting our workforce, wage recovery, CONN-OSHA, helping employers comply with laws Learn More.

Job Search Tips

Follow up with a thank you note right away

Following up with a thank you note is a must after an interview, not doing so is a sure sign to the employer that you are not interested in the position. Thank you notes should be personalized and serve as a reminder of positive points discussed or address concerns the employer may expressed. Remember to demonstrate your enthusiasm and ability to perform in the role discussed.

Have a plan!

Only a small percentage of job seekers find employment through online applications! It is vital that you use strategic approach to your job search, such as identifying and researching target companies for cultural fit, and growth potential! Use a job log to document your efforts and stay organized.

Hiring Tips for Employers

Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process
1. Write better job descriptions
2. Embrace digital trends and social media
3. Focus on soft skills
4. Check social media profiles
5. Fit the personality to the job
6. Improve your interviews
7. Ask the right kinds of questions
8. Let candidates interview you, too
9. Keep an eye on your reviews

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