Workforce Wednesday: Developing Your Skills

A job search can be a lot like dating. Just ask Napoleon Dynamite: To get a date you need skills.

Likewise, to get a job you need skills. Ask yourself: Do my skills and experience match what employers are looking for? Skills can be learned in a variety of settings: employment, life experience, education, hobbies and volunteering. If you're looking for employment or a change in careers you will need to identify your skills as they relate to specific jobs. Doing so can help you stand out from the crowd and give you a better chance of securing that better job you've been looking for.More...


Workforce Wednesday: Reauthorizing Workforce Services

Today marks the start of the new state fiscal year, but it’s also the day House Bill 21 goes into effect. The Utah legislature passed H.B. 21 “Department of Workforce Services Sunset” this past session, thus affirming the mission of our agency in helping Utah’s economy thrive by supporting our workforce. We thought it fitting to take a brief look back on our department’s work.

The Department of Workforce Services was created in 1997 when the state legislature combined five existing state entities: Office of Family Support, Department of Employment Security, Office of Job Training, Turning Point, and Office of Child Care. At the time, a sunset of July 1, 2015, was included in the bill.More...


Workforce Wednesday: What Millennials Want

While it’s important for job seekers to know the job market, it’s also beneficial for employers to have a good grasp of the workforce. So for today’s Workforce Wednesday post, we’re getting a little help from the Utah Foundation, which recently released part two of a series called “Millennials and Boomers.”

Their report looks at what millennials want from their employment, which, it turns out, doesn’t differ too much from other generations. Here are some highlights of the Utah Foundation report:More...