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Career Services

CSS Team

Our Career Services Team specializes in our local labor market. They have formed connections with local employers to facilitate opportunities for FSET customers. They also work with labor market experts to gather the best information available about the trends in the NorthCentral Region.



 Ronda Seubert

 Career Services Specialist

 (Adams, Portage, Wood)

 (715) 315 - 0191

 seubert@changewithin.net

    

 Megan Stanchik

 Career Services Specialist

 (Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas)

 (715) 216 - 0144

 stanchik@changewithin.net

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 Let's Talk Labor Market Article
 Employer Spotlight
 Unemployment Data
Hot Jobs
Fastest Growing Jobs

 Let's Talk Labor Market

20-07


 

Too Much or Too Little:

What to Reveal about Your Background in an Interview



The interviewing process can be an overwhelming experience no matter what type of skills and qualifications you may bring to the table.  But if you have a misdemeanor or felony in your background, it can sometimes be a treacherous terrain to maneuver through during the interviewing process.


For the most part, applications ask candidates about their felony conviction records but not their misdemeanors. Always read the application carefully and only provide the exact information that the question is asking for.  Do not provide “additional” information thinking it will help you further if you explain yourself.  This holds true for the interview as well.


There is a fine line between being honest and saying too much that may sabotage your interview.  Be honest, but also make it a point to talk about your strengths.  After fielding questions about your conviction record, let the interviewer know how you have grown since that time and emphasize how you have improved your life.  State anything positive that has been a result of your conviction, and if you are unable to do so, be brief with your answer and move on.


To prepare yourself for interviewing, practice talking about your conviction record in a mock interview before the real thing.  Cynthia Brackett, senior director of vocational services at the Center for Employment Opportunities, suggests using the following template when interviewing and asked about your conviction record during an interview:

“I served [X] years of time at a correctional facility [X] years ago.

Here’s what I learned from it [list two to three learning lessons]. ...

Here’s how I changed my life [point to two to three tangible examples/proof of change]...

Here’s how I’ll bring value to your company [mention two to three ways you’ll contribute]...”


Remember, your conviction record should not be the main focus of your interview.  Once you have disclosed your background, refocus the interview back to your skills and experiences, and why you are the best candidate for the position.  Highlight your strengths and what you can bring to the job.  Discuss your education and the training you have had along the way.  Allow the employer to see you have a plan for the future and that you can make a difference in the job you will do now if they hire you.


We are here to help you at the NorthCentral Region FSET office.  Let us answer your questions and support you in your job search.


Sources:

https://work.chron.com/necessity-disclosing-misdemeanor-employment-24957.html

https://work.chron.com/answer-interview-questions-felony-record-5676.html

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/criminal-history-job-interview-1126

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/when-can-job-applications-ask-about-criminal-records-2060479

https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/exoffenders/create-plan/disclose.html

 

 

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Employer Spotlight



 

SEEK Careers/Staffing was founded in 1971 by Carol Ann Schneider, CPC, SPHR, from Grafton, Wisconsin.  The name SEEK was actually created from a combination of initials from members of Carol's family.  It was a tradition that names derived in such a way, would bring success to that person or business. So, from Carol's home, SEEK assignment employees were sent to serve the temporary needs of Ozaukee County business people.

The business grew and was eventually incorporated in 1975. The Grafton office expanded from Carol's home to several other buildings in town before finally settling in 1997 at their current location on Opportunity Drive in Grafton.

Carol still remains the leader of the company serving as its CEO and Chair of the Board.  Her son Joel Schneider serves as President and other members of the Schneider family are currently employed and moving up the ranks of the family-run business.

Currently, there are 17 branch offices located throughout Wisconsin with local offices serving the NorthCentral FSET Region in Stevens Point and Wausau.  A recent acquisition has expanded SEEK's portfolio to four branch offices in the Twin Cities market as well.

 

The Stevens Point Branch is located at 5474 US Highway 10 East, Suite 4 and provides services to Portage, Waupaca, and Wood Counties.  The Wausau Branch, located at 210 Grand Avenue serves Marathon County as well as Marshfield in Wood County.  Both fill many openings daily, weekly and monthly in various industries, including positions in banks, call centers, and in office and clerical settings.  A large number of positions can also be found in warehousing and inventory, CNC machining, general labor and production, agriculture, lawn and garden, lumber, and food production.

 

If you are interested in pursuing employment at SEEK, please contact your FSET Case Manager.  We are here to guide you through the application and hiring process!

   

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Referral Spotlight


Phil enrolled in the FSET program in March and his main goal was to find full-time employment within the truck driving field. During his first few FSET appointments, Phil and his FSET Case Manager focused on creating a resume which highlighted his experience within the truck driving industry. He also connected with Megan, Career Services Specialist, who talked about potential jobs to review and employers FSET has relationships with. During FSET appointments, Phil and his Case Manager reviewed and completed job applications, as well as practiced interview preparation questions.


In April, Megan reached out to Phil’s Case Manager to share a new connection with Gordon Aluminum, specifically because they had CDL openings. Phil completed the online application the next day with his Case Manager. A direct referral was sent, and Megan was able to connect with Gordon Aluminum in regard to Phil’s application.


Phil was called for a phone interview and a subsequent in person interview and was officially hired. Phil started his new job as a CDL Truck Driver in June and is working full-time. He is now completing the Job Retention period through FSET and receiving support services to help. With the support of Phil’s Case Manager and Career Services Specialist, he is now working in his desired field.




Through 9/30/20,

4,160 individuals have gotten jobs in the NorthCentral FSET Program



Hot Jobs

The following are the most in-demand fields in the NorthCentral Region:




Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Sales, Manufacturing

Registered Nurses

General/Operations Manager

Medical Assistant

Welders

Accountants

Insurance Sales Agents

Carpenters

Construction Workers




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Unemployment Rates

NorthCentral Region Rates


Unemployment statistics pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics run by the United States Department of Labor. For more information, go to https://data.bls.gov.


(not seasonally adjusted)

 CountyAug '20

July '20

June '20

 Adams

8.0

9.0

11.6

 Forest14.2
15.2
18.5
 Langlade6.6
 7.18.1
 Lincoln5.2
 6.27.0
 Marathon4.6
5.6
6.9
 Oneida6.3
 7.18.7
 Portage4.7
 5.47.5
 Vilas5.8
 7.19.0
 Wood6.2
 6.68.6
 Wisconsin6.1
7.1
8.7



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Fastest Growing Jobs (per North Central Workforce Development Board)

Please head to the NCWDB's website for more data regarding the NorthCentral region!





As you can see, many of the fastest growing jobs are entry level positions, and they pay a lower wage. But don’t let this discourage you if this is not what you want to do long-term! Everyone needs to start somewhere.

 

Keep in mind that all these positions allow you to gain experience and knowledge that you can take along with you as you travel along your career path.

 

All of these industries are growing and have a lot of potential. Click on the links below to view graphics showing possible outcomes from starting out in some of the industries noted above!


Janitorial/General Cleaner

Farmworker/Laborer

Personal Care Worker

Cashier

Retail Sales


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111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

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