Labor MarketVital 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.
Where work pays: How does where you live matter for your earnings?
Educational and occupational choices matter for your earnings, but where you work matters, too. Employment opportunities and wages in some occupations vary substantially from state to state, county to county, and city to city. Click here to use the interactive page to compare your median earnings to the national average. For the full article by Brookings, click here.
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. In April 2018, we are providing updates to the Plan.
The WorkPlace Local Plan update – 2018 SWCT Local Workforce Develop Plan with Update, 2018 Local Plan Update Brief, and 2018 Updated 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.
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
Deliver responses for any question with confidence by knowing your brand, demonstrating a great attitude through non-verbal cues and be prepared to give specific examples of your past accomplishments. Be ready for behavioral interviewing, where employers are looking for specifics on past actions or accomplishments. Beware showing signs of desperation or anxiety. It’s okay to feel it; it’s not okay to display it with statements such as I’m willing to do anything!”
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.
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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