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 in local offices, and on several Internet sites:
Outreach - The Region 5 Business Services Representative will 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. Contact the Fort Dodge office at (515) 576-3131, or by
Career and Employment Fairs - Annual career and employment fairs are held in Region 5, offering employers and job seekers the opportunity to interact at a single location. Please contact us for details.
Testing Services - Planning to hire 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 data entry.
Reverse Referrals - This service directs all interested job seekers to apply for openings at the IWD offices, freeing the employer’s time for other tasks.
- A system developed by American College Testing (ACT) for documenting and improving workplace skills.
is implemented in three steps: job profiling, assessments, and
training targets. WorkKeys® allows employers to screen employees with needed skills, determine training needs of entry-level and current employees, and provide schools with information on how to prepare students for the workplace.
Tax Credits - The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WtWTC) offer employers federal income tax credit if they hire persons from certain qualified groups, such as
persons with low incomes or persons with disabilities.
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.
Free Space - Want to interview or test prospective applicants away from your office? IWD offers free meeting rooms to employers for job interviews (when available) and Resource Center space for employers to display and distribute job information.
Employers' Council of Iowa - This group of employers,
known locally as the Employers Network Task Force, holds regular meetings to discuss common concerns and to sponsor seminars on topics of interest.
Work Permits - IWD staff authorizes
permits and certificates of age for young people under 18 years of age seeking to enter the job market.
Required Posters - General requirements and ordering information are available for state and federal required employer posters.
These posters are available
for download at no cost to the public from IWD. (The Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print this file and can be
downloaded free of
Business Closings/Downsizing - Should your business experience 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.
Tax Liability Information - Two IWD tax liability specialists are housed in Fort Dodge to work with new and existing employer accounts. Call them at (515) 576-0741, extensions 3 or 4, Monday through Thursday.
Unemployment Insurance Tax Forms and Publications -
A number of commonly required or requested forms are available
Veterans Services - Our
Veterans Services Representative can assist you with all levels of staffing needs through
the use of a statewide database. They can also provide information concerning employment rules and regulations pertaining to veterans.