Ready for the job huntConstruction isn’t expected to make a big dent at the Wisconsin Job Center, 1805 N. 14th St. The main door to access the center, a one-stop shop for job seekers, has always been on the North 14th Street side of the building. People will just have to get there by driving down Banks Avenue instead of Tower.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Construction isn’t expected to make a big dent at the Wisconsin Job Center, 1805 N. 14th St. The main door to access the center, a one-stop shop for job seekers, has always been on the North 14th Street side of the building. People will just have to get there by driving down Banks Avenue instead of Tower. Parking is available in the lot between C’s Lounge and Screen Graphics as well as along the street.
The Job Center provides 14 computers with online access to search for job openings, resume and cover letter assistance, career planning assistance, workshops and programs such as National Career Readiness and Career Cruising. Sharing the office suite are a number of other agencies focused on employment.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides employment and training services for people who have a disability that makes it hard for them to find or keep a job.
The Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program (CEP) offers training opportunities for job seekers and employers, life-enriching programs for youth, job skills development and special initiatives geared to the workforce needs of Northwest Wisconsin.
Workforce Resource Inc. operates the Wisconsin Works W2 and foodshare programs as well as employment and training programs. It also provides emergency assistance.
The Office of Veterans Services/Disabled Veteran Outreach Program is tailored to help veterans with employment, assistance, job advocacy, and information and referral.
“Most states have people like myself to help them,” said Tom Casey, veterans employment representative in the Superior office. They provide hands-on job help like assessments and workshops and work hook veterans up with other resources and information.
“I’m probably in contact with well over 200 people, veterans in the area,” said Casey, who serves 10 Northern Wisconsin counties with another representative. As long as the veteran served active duty, he said, “we don’t turn anyone away.”
Free Job Club classes on basics like resumes, interviewing skills and using social media in your job search are offered on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. at the Job Center. April classes include resumes, cover letters and thank you notes April 1, interviewing skills April 8, job search techniques and online applications on April 15, and social media and how to use it in your job search on April 22. Anyone is invited to drop by for one or all of the free classes.
People can also earn their National Career Readiness Certificate through the center. Having the certificate, which shows an employer how employable you are, gives job-seekers an edge in many areas of the country, including southern Wisconsin, according to Job Center staff. The test highlights the taker’s abilities and proves they’re serious about looking for work. People can also set up an appointment to take the Career Cruising ability profiler, which indicates jobs you would enjoy and do well in. Both programs are free.
More information is available for each of the agencies.