Labor Market

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.

Your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

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.

 

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

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

Interview with confidence!

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!”

Resume Writing Tip

Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. Attract more interview offers and ensure your resume doesn’t eliminate you from consideration by following these six key tips:
1. Format Your Resume Wisely “Do the Hiring Managers” Work for Them
2. Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions
3. Quantify Your Accomplishments
4. Cater Your Resume for the Industry
5. Replace your Objective” with a “Career Summary”
6. Network. Network. Network.
With a solid resume in hand you’ll greatly increase your odds of earning a closer look and getting that interview.

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