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Job Seeker Links

The links from this page go to other areas in the Department of Workforce Development Web site and to external sites. These links should be viewed as informational resources and not as recommendations.

Wisconsin Job Centers have designed a variety of publications to help you get connected to the world of work. Transferable Skills are skills that can be used in every occupation, regardless of the type of work. They are universal skills. This publication provides a checklist for self-identification of your skills.



WISCareers is a career assessment, exploration and planning website designed to provide career development with a Wisconsin focus. The audience level includes elementary, middle school, high school, and adults.  

Quintessential Careers offers a variety of tools that can be used in your job hunting or career development goals. Transferable Job Skills are skills that you have acquired in your daily life, from hobbies, work activities, classes, parenting, sports, virtually any thing can be transferred to your next job or career. There are five key components to the transferable skills section of Quintessential Careers.

O*NET Online – Occupational Information Network makes occupational information interactive and accessible for all. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.

KnowHow2GoWisconsin - Got aspirations to pursue more education but low on cash or don't know where to start, check out KnowHow2GoWisconsin to turn your college dreams into action-oriented goals!

Learn More Resource Center is Indiana's Pre-K to College Connection. Learn More was created to support the Indiana Education Rounddiv's P-16 Plan for Improving Student Achievement. The plan's key principle is that in today's world, students need successfully to COMPLETE postsecondary education. Information is organized into four major headings: parents, students, counselors, or adults.

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Wisconsin Job Centers have designed a variety of publications to help you get connected to the world of work. Each major topic (1) Job Readiness, (2) Job Search, (3) Resumes and Applications, and (4) Interviewing offer many additional sub topics.


Résumés, applications, and cover letters: With this update of a popular BLS article, you’ll find out the best ways to present your credentials to prospective employers.

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Skills Explorer links people, skills and knowledge to job postings. This tool allows Wisconsin workers to search for employment opportunities that match their existing skills and training.

Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. The Career Guide is a companion to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Career Resource Library, from America’s CareerOneStop, brings you resources and guides for your job searching guidance. Topics include resume and cover letter advice, tips on effective networking, and salary negotiation techniques.

Careers in the Military - Numerous occupations are employed by the U.S. Military, be it at the active duty, reserve or civilian level. These positions are within various offices and duty stations around the world. Military careers range from being in IT to Communications to Medical to Attorneys to Business to Education and Training.

Employer Locator allows you to find contact information about a specific employer or list of employers.  The employer information on this site is provided by America's CareerOneStop.

Information for Workers is designed as an index listing of topics of interest to adults looking for work.

Job Search Links puts you in touch with on-line classifieds from many local Wisconsin towns or statewide resources or national classified resources.

Job Seekers & Workers have a variety of programs and services available. This page provides a listing of those services, which are offered through the WI Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

O*NET Online – Occupational Information Network makes occupational information interactive and accessible for all. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.

Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on careers from an occupational perspective. Web site is sponsored by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Students and Career Advisors is designed to provide information on high-growth, high-demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs. This site is divided into sections of Identify your Interests, Explore Careers, Get Work Experience, and Find Education Options. This web site is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Labor.

The Ultimate Guide to Negotiating Your Salary has calculators and expert negotiation advice for job seekers or career changers.

Wisconsin Job Centers is your Wisconsin Employment Connection. This website provides a wealth of information classified into the following categories: Job Seekers, Workers and Students; Businesses and Employers; and Staff and Partners.



WISCareers is a career assessment, exploration and planning website designed to provide career development with a Wisconsin focus. The audience level includes elementary, middle school, high school, and adults.  

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State Occupational Projections information on this site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among States. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one State. New ten-year spans of occupational projections are updated once data for all states has been collected.

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University of Wisconsin System

UW HELP is a Higher Education Location Program. This site contains information about admissions requirement, majors and career directions provided by each of the institutions in the University of Wisconsin System including 13 universities, 13 freshman-sophomore Colleges and UW-Extension. The information is provided to you and your family by the UW HELP, which is a unit of UW-Extension that provides a service for the UW System.

MajorMania is the University of Wisconsin System's tool for discovering which UW System Campus has the major program you are interesting in exploring, includes Teacher Certificate Programs.

Wisconsin Technical College System provides information for students, counselors, employers and parents on all things related to an education at a Wisconsin Technical College.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Scholarship for Service a program that is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of Federal information assurance (computer science and information security are types of study) professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. Be sure to review their What’s SFS area for more information.

Scholarships.com is a free college scholarship search service and financial aid information resource on the Internet. You can create a personal profile and their matching engine will present you with complete and accurate information on the most relevant, attainable college scholarship awards. This site and the SearchForColleges.org are sponsored by National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ( NASFAA).   Please note, that a screen for SearchForColleges.org pops up on Scholarships website.

U.S. Department of Education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is sponsored by the US Department of Education. According to the site: "FAFSA opens the door to the federal aid process. Every step you can take gets you closer to achieving your education goals. Find out what you can expect from beginning to end."

Student Guide to Financial Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. Guides are also available in Spanish.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid. Help is available to make education beyond high school financially possible for you or your child. The information provided here is designed to assist you in your college planning. It provides you with access to and information about the products and services that you will need throughout the financial aid process.

FSA is financial help for students enrolled in eligible programs at participating schools to cover school (a four-year or two-year public or private educational institution, a career school or trade school) expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Most federal aid is need based. The three most common types of aid are grants, loans, and work-study.

Free Wisconsin School Locator website

WI HomeTownLocator website allows you to search for Wisconsin Schools by name, city and zip code.

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Homefair website provides moving guides, school report  and research calculators, plus so much more. Homefair is sponsored by The National Association of Realtors.

Wisconsin Realtor’s Association, Consumer Resources offers many relocation tools: property search, finding a realtor, public affairs, consumer resources and so much more.

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The United States Census Bureau offers an LED Extraction tool which enables streamlined access to the public-use data produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. This tool provides CSV files for the exact variables and characteristics requested by users.

Affirmative Action includes population, labor force demographics and occupational data. Data available on-line.

Wisconsin Economic Indicators are comprised of a series of 22 indicators of data that measure Wisconsin's economic and labor market condition. A comparison of the most recently available data to previous data indicates improvement or decline of economic conditions. Data available on-line.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor.

U.S. Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. The Census Bureau conducts many important censuses and surveys. The most well-known is the official population census of the United States, called the decennial census. Besides the decennial census, the Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred other surveys and censuses every year. American FactFinder displays the results of a census or survey

American FactFinder (AFF) is your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data. American FactFinder displays survey and census results in the form of tables and maps.

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, inter-industry relationships, and the Nation's position in the world economy. These data promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy. BEA, within the US Department of Commerce, along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA are included in the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration.

FedStats is the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them. FedStats offers a full range of official statistical information available to the public. You can use this site to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more.

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Finance Glossary is a third party financial terms glossary with over 700 term definitions related to personal finance.

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Last updated 07/31/2013

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