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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

2017 CT Department of Labor Employer Resource Guide

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

When negotiating salary don’t get stuck on a number!

Most job seekers have a salary expectation based on their last title and salary. Keep in mind how long it took to reach that number in the past and how long you have been out of work. Start by using sites like Payscale.com to research average pay by industry, level of experience and education. Rather than give your number, ask about the range set by the employer, as well as the overall compensation package for non-cash perks that might bridge the gap.

Have a resume and marketing documents that effectively promote your brand and get you noticed!

You must be able to market your brand with a keyword rich resume, by understanding the job/ and company mission! This must be paired with a well written letter of interest or cover letter, which addresses employer’s needs and how your expertise makes you the right person for the job.

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.

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