Labor MarketVital Information for Connecticut Employers and Jobseekers
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.
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.
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
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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
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.
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
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.