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.
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
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.