Newly designed workshops
just for business!
Tune Your Talent!
IowaWORKS of Southern Hills in Creston is pleased to
announce a new series of customizable workshops specifically for
your businesses greatest needs designed for your greatest
assets--your employees. We can bring these to your work site,
or let us handle the location. Topics include time
management, team building, personality differences, generational
conflicts and customer service. Topics for lead personnel,
supervisors and managers include effective employee evaluations,
supervisory boot camp and interviewing. If you don't see a
topic that suits your needs, please call us at 641-782-2119
extension 3 and we would be glad to assist.
Employers' Council of Iowa (ECI)
Iowa Workforce Development
is looking for employers to work in partnership together to meet workforce
needs. ECI's mission is to support the efforts of local employer
committees to advise Iowa Workforce Development, legislators, and other
officials concerning its products, services and policies that affect
employers: as well as provide opportunities for employers to exchange
information and develop education programs for employers.
Meetings often include training sessions that are planned months in
advanced, and include guest speakers and seminars of interest to local
employers and human resource professionals. Regular meeting topics
address labor market information, unemployment insurance from the
employers' point of view and independent contractor misclassification.
Grow your business with
Employers' Council of Iowa and other 2014 Events (Topics and dates are subject to change-dates
will be updated as scheduled upon the availability of speakers).
September 25, 2014 -
Turn Chaotic Messages into Clear Communications
Did you know that the most common complaint from workers who are
surveyed about their work environment indicate that “lack of
communication” is one of the top two issues they would like
improved? Even in a small company/agency, the cost of poor
communication can be substantial in lost revenue, lost time, lost
customers, and/or lost employees who take their skills and
experience with them which costs you again in hiring and training.
Let this traininig give you the tools to use to improve your
communication in your company.
September 16, 2014 -
Annual Osceola Employment
Fair - Mark the date to attend the annual Osceola Employment
Fair to seek potential employees. Take advantage of marketing
your business name to the community.
For more information, visit the
of Iowa web-site.
If you are interested in participating, contact Wendy at the Creston IowaWORKS at 641-782-2119 extension
20 or by email at
Keep up to date with our newsletters. Let us know if you would like the
newsletters sent to you each month by emailing
Recruiting - IWD staff seeks to match job seekers against the
employment needs of prospective employers, and to make appropriate
referrals. No fees are charged. Jobs listed with IWD are posted on several Internet sites:
Iowa Workforce Development's Skill Center and
The Employer’s Resource Library - A variety
of human resource management books are
available on loan at your Creston Iowa Workforce Development Center.
Books are available on loan for four weeks at no fee.
Outreach - Region 14 has a regional Business Services
Representatives to provide area employers assistance with recruitment
needs, coordination of large-scale recruitment such as career and
employment fairs and
marketing of IWD products and services.
Testing Services - Planning on hiring a new secretary who must be
able to type 65 words per minute? IWD staff can administer – at no charge
to the employer or job seeker – proficiency tests for typing, 10 key and
Tax Credits - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare to
Work-Tax-Credit (WtWTC) offers employers federal income tax credit if they
hire persons from certain qualified groups, such as persons with
disabilities or persons with low incomes.
Insurance Tax Forms & Publications.
A number of commonly required or requested forms are available online.
Labor Market Information - Current
Labor Market Information
is available on various economic trends and occupations, including data on
prevailing wage rates and projected job outlooks.
Conference Rooms Available - Want to interview or test prospective applicants away
from your office? IWD offers meeting rooms and a separate office to employers for job
interviews (when available, reservations recommended) and Resource Center space for employers to
display and distribute job information.
Work Permits - IWD staff authorizes
Work Permits and Certificates of Age
for young people seeking to enter the job market.
Business Closings/Downsizing - Should your business experience a
closing or restructuring, IWD staff and its partners are ready to help
employees make the transition to other employment. Laid-off workers are
provided access to services, including financial support and training.
Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms and Publications - A number of
commonly required or requested forms are available
Veterans Career Consultant can assist you with all levels of
staffing needs through the use of a statewide database. The consultant can also
provide information concerning employment rules and regulations pertaining
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a national, portable, foundation works skills
certification designed and maintained by ACT, Inc. Iowa has adopted
this credentialing system, creating an opportunity for individuals to
obtain an applied skills certificate through several community
colleges and Iowa Workforce Centers.
The certificate was created to give employers a clear, standardized tool
to assess the skill level of potential employees assuring job applicants
actually have the basic work skills they seek. Not only will it
assist employers in recruiting new employees, it can also aid in
discovering training needs, and/or to promote incumbent workers based on a
series of three assessments that make up the NCRC. The three
assessments are Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied
Mathematics. These three foundation skills are critical in over 90
percent of all occupations. this credential is noted as an
essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging
This credential is noted as an
essential component in transitioning workers from declining to emerging
occupations. ACT has profiled over 16,000 different occupations and
determined the level of the three foundational skill for each occupation
that share the same identification number as outlined in the O*Net
(Occupational Information Network) Database. The levels associated
with the completed certificates and occupations are Level 3-Bronze, Level
4-Silver, Level 5-gold and Level 6-Platinum.
Individuals wanting more
information on Iowa's National Career Readiness Certificate, and
information on how to get one, please call our Skills Development Team at
641-782-2119 extension 512.
Employers interested in learning
more information call 641-782-2119 and ask to speak to our Recruitment and
Interview Stream-A New Tool for Employers
(at no additional cost!)
We are happy to introduce a new business service
to our region! You can now use Interview Stream if you choose.
This software allows a business to select interview questions and send
to applicants electronically. The applicant then records their
answers via webcam and submits them to you. You may also use this
software when you are completing an initial interview. Please
click on the link below to see a sample. This is a no-cost service
to businesses and applicants. We are using it for 1 year and will
decide to continue based on usage from business and job
seekers. If you are interested, please contact us at 641-782-2119
extension 3 for more details. Call to set up a time for a
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