Connecting with the IowaWORKS team provides many benefits, including:
- Access to no-cost training and workshops
- Opportunity to earn training certificates
- Access to career and skills assessments
- Coaching and assistance in writing a resume
- Assistance with completing electronic applications
- Personal assistance in locating employment opportunities in your desired field
IowaWORKS workshops are a great tool to help guide you toward a new career. Virtual presentations are held regularly. Contact your local office for more information.
Don't have time to attend a workshop? Check out our top virtual presentations below!
A step by step presentation on how to confidently navigate within the IowaWORKS.gov website, and also learn about the core partners within an American Job Centers and how they can assist you! Visit this link to view the presentation.
CREATE A GREAT RESUME
Learn to get the interview you want by preparing a resume that sells you to prospective employers! Visit this link to view the presentation.
This workshop is for those that have completed “Create a Great Resume.” You will learn to change your skills summary and to write “Prove It” stories that match the qualifications in job postings.
Make your interview stand out by gaining up-to-date interview tips and learn how to answer tough questions. Visit this link to view the presentation.
S.M.A.R.T. PLANNING FOR YOUR MONEY: FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS
These workshops focus on financial education and provide many valuable tips for saving, credit usage, investing, retirement planning and more! A series of financial literacy workshops are available in conjunction with the Iowa Insurance Division and IowaWORKS. Visit this link to view the workshop schedule for 2023.
ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR JOB SEEKERS
Learn about the resources and services available to job seekers in the IowaWORKS American Job Centers, including O*NET Assessment, Job Searching, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, and more! Visit this link to view the presentation.
COMPLETING YOUR WEEKLY CERTIFICATION
A step-by-step guide to complete your weekly Unemployment Insurance claim.
MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Explore how to stay positive and to manage the stress from a job loss or career transition.
DEVELOP A CAREER PLAN AND RESEARCH INDUSTRY TRENDS
This workshop will help you discover what is important in planning your career and will show you how to put that plan into action. You will also learn how to use labor market information to inform your career planning.
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CONDUCT A JOB SEARCH
Participants will learn how to search and apply for in-demand jobs that fit your interests. You will explore how to network and tap into the "hidden job market."
BRING YOUR A-GAME
This two-part series will review the skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
VIRTUAL JOB CLUB
Features a different workshop each week on a variety of work-based topics designed for any job seeker.
Learn how a mock interview with IowaWORKS can prepare you to ace your next interview.
SMART PLANNING FOR YOUR MONEY
The Iowa Insurance Division presents on topics related to financial literacy.
NAVIGATING AGEISM IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Tailored for job seekers over the age 50 to minimize stereotypes and amplify the positive qualities of an experienced worker.
Other Resources to Help Your Skills
SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW GUIDE
Successful Interviewing Guide provides valuable information to both employers and job seekers on the application and interviewing process. This guide developed by Iowa Workforce Development with input from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. View the guide at this link.
The Successful Interviewing Guide provides information on:
- Writing a Job Description
- Advertising the Job
- Discovering an Applicant’s Qualifications
- Avoiding Discrimination During the Hiring Process
- Workforce Resources for Employers
SKILL UPGRADES AND TRAINING SERVICES
Skill upgrades and training services are available to help you to get a good job in high growth and emerging occupations. Training services are provided by training providers and eligibility requirements must be met to qualify for these services. Contact your nearest IowaWORKS Center to determine eligibility.
OFFICE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
The Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) System is the premier PC and office skills testing suite. With an array of over 30 tests, the OPAC System is the perfect tool to measure job applicant PC and office skills.
ACT WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.
Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States. If you are interested in taking the NCRC assessments, you may schedule a time at one of the IowaWORKS Centers. The calendar of testing times and locations is available on the IowaWORKS website.
O*NET is the United States’ primary source of occupational information, and O*NET OnLine is the the premier interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.
LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related resources available in one platform. It includes academic skill building in reading, writing, math and science. It also offers standardized test preparation, soft skills training, job search and career advancement, college admissions test preparation, professional licensing and certification test preparation, high school equivalency test prep and much more.
For more information regarding any of these resources, contact your nearest IowaWORKS center.