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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

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:
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

Use social media to Network, Network, Network!

Most businesses use social media to assess candidates before a face to face interview. It is now standard practice for job seekers to cultivate and market their professional brand online with sites like LinkedIn.com. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce. They will be your new colleagues, hiring managers and decision makers. In order to connect with them you must adapt to current technology and leverage social media.

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

Follow Up Tip

Job seekers need to be aggressive in following up all job leads because employers are not going to call you when hundreds and thousands of other job seekers are applying for the same position. Choose a follow-up method by phone or email and get moving toward a more successful job search!

The bluegreen Research Institute provides grant writing, program development and research services to a variety of public, private and governmental entities that impact workforce and economic development in the United States. As a division of The WorkPlace, we understand the critical factors that impact job creation and accelerate business growth. We are skilled professionals who know how to leverage federal, state and private resources to accomplish clients’ goals and provide economic growth. Visit Website