Online tool helps Hoosiers be career ready

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, June 12, 2020

With nearly 700,000 Hoosiers filing for unemployment insurance since mid-March, some may be saying to themselves, "It's time to look for a new job." Whether making a career change, reentering the workforce or searching for a first job, Indiana Career Ready can help.

Indiana Career Ready is an online tool designed to prepare jobseekers for in-demand careers, whether they have a little experience or 20-plus years in the workforce.

Hoosiers can access customized training and tools, like a job portal and resume builder, based on their previous background and experiences. Specific resources are also available at indianacareerconnect.com/vosnet for those in the military or living with disabilities.

To address Indiana's skills gap, businesses are partnering with the state to help pinpoint areas that need more workers. Indiana Career Ready is taking this information and aligning trainings for jobseekers, or matching employers with Hoosiers skilled in the industry.

Employers can also benefit by accessing the Employer Portal for help attracting talent, and tips on improving job descriptions, recruitment and updates on Indiana's labor market. Job creators in key industries can apply for Employer Training Grants offered through Indiana's Next Level Jobs, which provides $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months after participating in the program.  

Young adults between ages 16 and 24 who may have dropped out of high school and didn't earn a diploma can connect with local WorkOne Career Centers to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam, or with area employers, as well as participate in leadership and mentorship programs. Indiana Career Ready and the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services partner with WorkOne Career Centers and other state agencies to support Hoosiers with an intellectual or physical disability to prepare for, obtain and retain a job. For a comprehensive list of resources, visit indianacareerready.com/jobseeker and scroll to the "Job Seeker" section.

Whether searching for a new job or additional career training, Indiana Career Ready can help. For customized training and tools, create an account at indianacareerready.com/jobseeker and begin opening doors to new opportunities.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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