NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you recently joined the ranks of laid off workers in Connecticut, you might not know where to go immediately.
After the shock wears off, the next step is probably your local unemployment office, or at least a phone call with them. Then it’s time to get the resume updated and out there. But what if you’ve done the same job for 20 years, and your skills are not up-to-date?
Enter the Workforce Investment Act, which provides grants of up to $3,000 for worker re-training. The process can take some time, but in the program you can learn a new skill. You can choose from schools around the state to train in a variety of fields. A quick tip though: first, you have to have the Labor Department certify you as a “displaced worker,” which means you and the Labor Department believe you are not likely to find adequate employment in your previous field of work.
The Labor Department also offers classes from beginner resume writing to interviewing skills, which you can use at the same time as WIA.
To apply for WIA funds, call your local unemployment office to register for a meeting to start the process.
It also helps to use your local library, for classes on online job searches and for networking groups, for example.