If the big day hasn’t already come, graduation is just around the corner. Long gone are the days of dorm rooms, dining bucks, and term papers. The realization that rent, car insurance, and piling student loans won’t pay themselves sets in. You’re overwhelmed, confused and terrified of how to even begin applying your textbooks to the workplace. But even if you have all your ducks in a row, chances are you’re forgetting a very valuable resource to consider in your job search – the Department of Labor.
I know what you’re thinking – that’s for people without any options, like the unemployed or the elderly. I’m here to tell you that the Department of Labor is not what it used to be. When I was growing up, the sheer thought of collecting unemployment, let alone admitting you were unemployed, was mortifying. I was always under the impression that the DOL was a place for the “hourly-paid employee” or people on welfare. After entering the recruiting world, I have seen firsthand that that’s not the case. The DOL has proven to be a successful resource for both employers and college graduates, especially the Workforce Development Centers.
Our sister company, APA Solutions, a boutique recruiting firm, recently conducted a search for an IT Specialist for one of its premier clients. After using our Five Fingers of Recruiting, narrowing down our search to five candidates ranging from zero to 10 years of experience, we finally found a winner. Out of the bunch, APA’s client was interested in a recent college grad for two main reasons – a positive attitude and great training potential. However, hiring entry-level candidates comes with a much larger investment than simply choosing the candidate with extensive experience. Luckily, many department branches reimburse employers for their training wage up to 50% and, in some cases, even go as far as 95%.
Companies search far and wide for reliable resources to help them find the right fit for their team. Oftentimes, the Department of Labor is the ticket to lasting new hires. But you need to be in the system to get noticed. I urge job seekers to be open to every possible resource and think outside the box. So register today and make your tax dollars work for you – you never know, it could land you the job of your dreams.