With low Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims in today’s labor market, some states are having challenges meeting their projected Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) activities.
So the U.S. Department of Labor is offering state workforce agencies flexibility to provide RESEAs to additional UI claimants, besides the currently targeted populations. The currently targeted populations are UI claimants determined most likely to exhaust benefits and transitioning military veterans.
The expansion to additional UI claimants must be supported by local labor market and economic information. Examples of additional populations include claimants in rural areas, claimants approaching the end of UI benefits, claimants from specific industries, and claimants in areas with higher-than-average unemployment rates.
States that wish to serve such additional UI claimants must submit an application and receive approval from their ETA Regional Office.
“One Door. Millions of Success Stories.” That’s the theme of a U.S. Department of Labor infographic describing the investment story of the American Job Center network. The 2,400 American Job Centers across the nation provide career, job search, and training services to job seekers and the unemployed under WIOA.
“In the last program year, more than 13 million Americans—roughly 1 out of every 12.5 people in the U.S. labor force—got the help they needed through the American Job Center network,” states the infographic.
Other infographic highlights for the program year include the following:
American Job Centers serve a wide range of individuals, including displaced workers, veterans, ex-offenders, youth, victims of natural disasters, workers with disabilities, and older workers.
81 percent of people who received job training found employment.
156,000 people with disabilities found work.
98,500 adults and dislocated workers obtained a credential.
360,000 unemployed military veterans got hired.
2.6 million people receiving unemployment insurance obtained jobs.
We’re in the fat times now for the job seeker. The current labor market is starving for employees, and some companies will hire anything that breathes. It might take a minute, but it won’t last, because I promise you lean times follow fat times, and the economy will tank.
So as a seasoned and ruthless job interviewer, I want to lay out some thoughts for you. A well-known fact of job search is it’s an art and a science. What isn’t so well known is it’s show business. When you get to a job interview, it’s show time, and you’re the show. It’s you acting and you putting on the play. You’re the director, script writer, creative designer. You arrange the stage. When you get an interview, you’re forced to get on that stage, step into your spotlight, and do a song and dance about yourself on key and on time.
Most job seekers fail to understand this complicated fact. They don’t understand it’s their play and their dialogue, and they have to learn their lines and dance moves. Your show has to be an award winner or else you get poor reviews, and you don’t get the job offer. I find it absolutely amazing how many people think their next job is going to last, and they disregard the critical need to learn how to be self-directed job seekers who understand they will be looking for jobs for the rest of their working lives. There is a new order in the labor market. Those who are skilled actors in the art and science of job search and interviewing will have an immensely easier time navigating the 21st century labor market.
Job search is a comedy drama. In my 30 years in the field of human resources and workforce development, I have seen some seriously funny and unfunny stuff when it comes to my fellow humans when I’m the interviewer. It’s like watching people drive a car with a 5-speed for the first time. It’s funny stuff until they plow into a barn or strip out the clutch, and that’s how people act when in a job interview. Over the years, I’ve interviewed a slew of job seekers and booed 9 out of 10 of them because their act wasn’t together. As an interviewer, I’m the audience, the critic, the guy who boos and brings down the curtain on your hopes. When you do it right and you’re the 1 out of 10, it’s because I love your show, and I’m standing and applauding you because I’m offering you the job. You’re the act I’ve been looking for, and I want to see a lot more of it.
Interviewers don’t have a lot of patience though and are natural critics. That’s what they get paid to do. They get paid to judge your performance and make critical decisions about your life because if you don’t get a job offer, that’s a serious impact on you. Interviewers seem nice, and as people they probably are, but as interviewers they’re meat eaters, and they’ll have you for lunch. So if you’re not prepared to give it your all when you get up on that stage, be prepared to have your lunch eaten.
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