Job Seeker Resources
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COVID-19 Information and Related Updates For Job Seekers
State Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
- Internal Revenue Service – Information about the Economic Impact Payments (one-time relief checks) and Coronavirus Tax Relief
- Federal Program Summary (CARES Act and The Continued Assistance Act of 2020) – An information page from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development about the expanded unemployment benefits, including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program among others.
- Implementing the Continued Assistance Act of 2020 – Find updates and a timeline for when Unemployment Insurance programs become available.
- Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information – An FAQ page from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development for people laid off during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Txhais lus Hmoob (Hmong) and En Español (Spanish)
- Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 – Compiled by UW-Extension. En Español
- Coronavirus Information and Resources – Compiled by 211 Wisconsin. Call ‘211‘ or Text your zip code to ‘898211′ for assistance. (Help available in 180 languages).
- Protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic (English) – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Proteja sus finanzas durante la pandemia del Coronavirus (En Español) – Oficina para la Protección Financiera del Consumidor
Information for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- COVID-19 Business Resources – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and Loan Services – US Small Business Administration
- Managing a farm during COVID-19 – UW Extension Farm Management
- Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers – Outlines COVID-19 (Coronavirus) programs and contacts for USDA assistance programs
For access to additional resources and for help with your job search, please contact your local library or visit your library’s website.
Find My Library
You will most likely need an email account before you start your job search if you don’t already have one. Your local librarian is happy to help you get started.
Increase Computer Skills – Digital Learn has free and easy online courses to help you get started.
Basic Computer Skills MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – Free from the University of Wisconsin.
Covers computer skills divided into Learning Activities. Begin the course by signing up or signing in to Wisc-Online using the links in the upper-right corner of the page.
You will need to be signed in whenever you are working on the Basic Computer Skills Course. Before starting the Learning Activities, watch the navigation tutorial under Get Started.
Complete the Pre-Assessment Test to help determine which sections you may want to complete to improve your skills in that targeted area.
Email Basics – A recommended resource for anyone new to email.
Getting Started with Email: Gmail – Wondering which free email service to use? We like Gmail for ease of use, but there are lots of others out there.
Find Job Listings
Explore jobs through major job listing websites:
- Reference Solutions – Log in with your library card to search for jobs, research U.S. businesses, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more. (Once you’ve logged on, go to U.S. Jobs / Internships to get started– scroll to the bottom of the U.S. Jobs / Internships page for more jobseeker resources and tutorials.)
Learn more about potential career options based on skills and past experience:
- LearningExpress Library: Learn More about a Career – Career exploration information, including career descriptions, interviewing and networking suggestions, and career-specific test preparation.
- Apprenticeship Awareness Toolkit – Explore apprenticeships in Wisconsin.
Use job hunting tools from Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development and other state resources:
- Dislocated Worker Information – Find resources for dislocated (‘laid off’) workers from the Department of Workforce Development
- JobCenterofWisconsin.com – Find resources for job seekers, employers, and labor market data
- Department of Workforce Development – The online portal to all job resources and services from the state
- Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
- Resources for Veterans – Employment resources for veterans
- Vocational Rehabilitation – Employment resources for people with disabilities
- Farmers Transitioning to Non-Farm Work – Farm-to-Non-Farm Work Transition Resources
- Skill Explorer – Skill Explorer looks beyond job titles to match you with new opportunities related to the skills and training you already have. Jobs you may not have considered. It’s a smart way to widen your career options and find a great job.
Apply for Unemployment Insurance
Learn how to apply for Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance and submit required weekly claim forms.
- My Unemployment Wisconsin – Access Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance benefit services, also available in Español
- Handbook for Claimants – Provides details on applying and receiving unemployment benefits. Español and Lus Hmoob.
- Information Needed to Apply – A list of the documents needed to apply
- How do I Apply Online? -Step-by-step instructions to apply
- How to Apply for Benefits Online : YouTube Video
- Filing a Weekly Claim-Step-by-step instructions, days and times to fill out
- How to File a Weekly Claim Online : YouTube Video
- Unemployment Insurance Tax Notice – Unemployment benefit tax information includes link to more information
Create a Resume
Resume Writing Basics – Perdue University OWL
Resume Examples Online – One of the best ways to learn how to write an effective resume is to study examples.
Google Docs Resume Templates – Make a copy to use in Google Docs with your Gmail email account.
How to Use Google Docs – Google Docs is just like Word, but it saves automatically and you can revisit, re-edit, and print your document from any computer that allows you to access your Gmail email account.
Services and Supports
Find services and programs to support families.
- Workforce Connections – Individualized job search assistance, energy assistance and more.
- 2-1-1 Wisconsin – UnitedWay of Wisconsin’s statewide service provider and assistance search.
- ACCESS – Wisconsin’s website to apply to programs for health, nutrition, childcare, and employment. Guide to apply available in multiple languages including – Lus Cob Qhia (Hmong) and Guía para postularse (Spanish).
- Housing – wihousingsearch.org – Search for housing, including low-income, senior, and for people with disabilities. Includes resource page with shelter and supportive housing listings
- Transportation – Transportation Resources – not all resources or programs available in all counties
Education and Training
Brush up on skills, or find out something new with training programs.
- Gale Courses – Log on to with your Winding Rivers Library System library card. Here you will find a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online through Gale Courses, also known as ed2go. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
- Adult Career and Special Student Services: Education and Career Programs – Career and education workshops from the UW-Madison
- Workplace Skills Training – Self-guided resources for Adult Learners
- Training Programs – Find training programs through the Job Center of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Technical College System: Workforce development partner providing opportunities for apprenticeships and technical training.
- LearningExpress Library: Job Search and Workplace Skills – “Soft skills”
- EdX – Take free online language courses, learn computer coding, and more.
Create an account on the Job Center of Wisconsin website (you will need an email account to register) to search for jobs, to RSVP to workforce-related events and courses, to learn about your local labor market, and to create a resume with the Job Center of Wisconsin’s resume builder.
Creating a resume with the Job Center of Wisconsin (be prepared to answer the following questions):
- Professional Summary: The professional summary describes your relevant experience, skills, and achievements. The purpose of this career summary is to explain your qualifications for the job in 3-5 sentences and convince the manager to read the whole resume document.
Example: “Reliable and detail-oriented X. Previous experience working in the X industry for 2+ years.” (500 character limit)
- Describe your skills in detail (1000 character limit)
- Certifications, Licenses, Awards (optional)
- Job history: What type of job(s) have you had? Be prepared to list dates worked and duties performed at each job. You may enter up to 10 employers.
- Education history: Employers can search based on your education level! Be specific and provide details about your education credentials. You may record up to 5 entries.
A wide variety of employment programs and services can be found on the DWD’s website, including the following:
- jobs for people with disabilities,
- assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work,
- promoting employment in the state through Wisconsin Job Centers,
- linking youth with jobs of tomorrow,
- protecting and enforcing worker’s rights,
- processing unemployment claims, and
- ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.