Workforce Centers provide useful services to job seekers

Looking for a job? Most of us know someone seeking employment, or a new job. Great local assistance is available for job seekers. Area Workforce Centers 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 (or a friend) need to find a job.
Services available at Workforce Centers include:
• 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 Ave., McKnight 36 Plaza, North St. Paul (779-5666). The Washington County Workforce Center is at 2150 Radio Drive, 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.
The guidance office at Century College (White Bear Lake) plus other area colleges can also be of much help in learning about training programs for jobs. Many area employers have said that they have job openings, but lacked qualified applicants. Counselors can help you develop a plan to get on track.
Our nation, state and community is making progress and gradually recovering from the recession. If you are seeking a job, good luck. Continue your search; an opportunity should eventually open. If you know someone looking for a job, do what you can to give them a hand. Help can come in many forms. Whether it is providing encouragement, help looking for a job, being a reference, 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.
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Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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