Schuette, The Real McCoy
employees seeking employment in the Fort McCoy area should become
knowledgeable and develop a strategy to ensure they achieve their
goals, said the instructor of a job-search workshop held at Fort McCoy
Kathleen Olson tells attendees at
a Job Search-Interviewing workshop about some of the strategies
to get a new job.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Olson of KO Employment Training and Consulting presented the
three-hour workshop, which was sponsored by Fort McCoy Army Community
the first steps job-seekers can take are assessing their work
interests, skills and the job market for the area they’re seeking
employment, Olson said.
is, to a large degree, a sales and marketing activity," Olson
said. "The assessment is a start to identify the strengths of
what you can offer to an employer."
number of good Web sites exist to help get the search started, Olson
said. The U.S. Department of Labor Web site at http://online.onetcenter.org
offers a site that helps users identify their job strengths and
interests and search for suitable jobs in the area.
said the state of Wisconsin also has a good site at http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet
or the general job center Web site at http://www.wisconsinjobcenter.org.
these methods and networking through family, friends and colleagues
are all good, Olson also recommends cold calling and visiting work
locations in person. These should be done in fields where the
applicants have job skills and/or experience and have identified the
potential job market.
allows personnel to show employers what skills they can bring to a job
and what they can do for employers to help them earn a profit.
Sometimes this may result in an employer creating a job for that
person, she said.
also allows employees to observe a potential work site to see how they
fit in and what their potential co-workers would be like. Job
applicants can see if these personnel have their values and how they
would be treated as co-workers.
prepared for some no’s," Olson said. "Persistence can pay
off. Make them tell you ‘no’ in a firm way (don’t call us back)
before you give up. Each position is different and has a different
pool of applicants."
Clarkin, Fort McCoy Financial Readiness program manager, said ACS has
a number of resources at the ACS Resource Library at ACS, building
2111, South 8th Ave., that can aid job seekers.
also offers courses covering a variety of topics, including financial
next employment workshop ACS will sponsor is a spouse Job Search
Interviewing Workshop Thursday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.-noon in building
2111, South 8th Avenue.
of the Fort McCoy community are welcome to visit the ACS Resource
Library and register for upcoming workshops. To register for upcoming
workshops or for more information call (608) 388-3505.
spouses seeking employment assistance can contact Clarkin at (608)
388-6812 for an appointment.
information also is available at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com.