Labor MarketVital Information for Connecticut Employers and Jobseekers
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.
Business Survey to help WestCOG
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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.
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
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 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.
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.