Workforce Centers offer useful job searching tools
As you may know from your own job searches or through the experiences of others, looking for a job can be a frustrating and testing time for people. Fortunately, there is help out there that will make the job search easier.
If you or someone you know is currently looking for employment, I encourage you to visit your local workforce center. They provide the tools, resources and services needed for job search, career planning and training needs. A visit to the workforce center may offer the help you need to find a job.
They offer several job-seeking tools, such as:
• Workshops and Training – Job seekers have an opportunity to identify their job skills, learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, develop networking skills and more.
• Reference Library – The library provides business and employer directories, labor market information, career planning, development information and more.
• Networking and Job Clubs- Practical courses in networking and organized job clubs where members meet regularly to discuss their job searches, share job leads, improve job-seeking skills and offer support and encouragement to one another.
• Career Fairs – Career fairs attract large numbers of employers who are offering a variety of jobs in various industries.
The Ramsey County Workforce Center is located at 2098 East 11th Avenue, McKnight 36 Plaza in North St. Paul (779-5666) and the Washington County Workforce Center is located at 2150 Radio Drive in Woodbury (275-8650).
Another good resource is the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website, www.deed.state.mn.us. Along with several job-seeking tools, you can also find information on the Unemployment Insurance Program. The program provides temporary benefits to qualified persons out of work through no fault of their own. Its purpose is to help maintain the economic stability within a community.
As the nation and state continue to struggle to create jobs, many of our family, friends and neighbors will be in need. Do what you can to give them a hand. Help can come in many forms. If it is providing encouragement, help looking for a job, being a reference, making a meal for their family or offering financial aid, do what you can to help.
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions about any issue. Please visit my Senate website at senate.mn/senatorwiger. I also encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16.