NWJobs: Investing in job seekers, both today and tomorrow

Reprinted from: blog.nwjobs.com –

Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.

As most of the candidates running for local and national office have stated during this long election season, something needs to be done to create jobs during this country’s painfully slow economic recovery. While some insist that this is solely the responsibility of private industry, others argue that government can provide vital assistance for job seekers by enhancing their skills and improving their chances in the job market.

This month, the Washington state Employment Security Department (ESD) did its part to bolster the latter position by announcing its annual distribution of nearly $49 million to the state’s 12 Workforce Development Councils (WDC), which provide counseling, skills assessments, job-search help and training to laid-off or low-income workers and disadvantaged young people.