The state's new job-connection Internet site, JobCenterofWisconsin.com, is a new, free, interactive site accessible around the clock.
On it, job seekers, from young people to older workers, can post resumes and search for work.
In addition, employers can search the site for workers with the skills and abilities they need.
Introducing the site, Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce Development Roberta Gassman said, "While the national economy is having an impact on all states, good jobs are available in Wisconsin for people with the right skills or the ability to learn those skills."
Secretary Gassman said the new Job Center of Wisconsin site is for everyone, whether they have years of job experience or are just starting out, and whether they have an advanced degree or are just graduating from high school.
Job seekers can access the JobCenterOfWisconsin.com site and explore job opportunities from their home computers or at Job Centers, libraries or any other places with public Internet access.
"With a majority of our skilled workforce expected to retire in the next 10 years, it is important that we connect the 700,000 workers who are unemployed or underemployed in Wisconsin with the training and technology they need to be able to fill the jobs of our Wisconsin employers," Secretary Gassman said. "This site makes it easy and convenient."
JobCenterofWisconsin.com replaces the state's JobNet system, which was created in 1993 and has become outdated.
Among the most significant improvements from the state's JobNet site:
- An easy, fill-in-the-blank feature helps job seekers create professional-looking resumes that can be saved, e-mailed or printed;
- Users may keep resumes confidential or make them available for search by employers;
- Employers can search for skilled employees through key search terms;
- Job seekers can find a list of job fairs and other employment and training events in their area;
- A toll-free help number connects callers with trained staff who can provide assistance and information about employment and training; and
- Upgrades will be added in December, including workshop sign-ups; wage, job trend and career information; and simplified methods for employers to save job postings. Users will also be able to view short demonstration videos that describe various careers.