Through partnership and education, Commerce has created a Recruiter Network, which allows collaboration among businesses and recruiters to connect people to career opportunities while serving as a resource network.
Goals of the Recruiter Network
Commerce held an employer focus group meeting in September to determine the needs and goals of the network. An intake survey with the focus group members was also conducted. The survey results and discussions identified three major goals:
- Share best practices
- Help attract people to North Dakota
- Sounding board for retention/hiring issues
With these goals in mind, a preliminary slate of deliverables has been developed, including a series of quarterly meetings and an annual event to network with other experts who understand recruitment/retention issues. During these meetings, members will receive information on North Dakota hiring events and the upcoming Find the Good Life events, including the opportunity to send a list of available positions or attend events in tandem with Find the Good Life. Meeting topics will include a best practices sharing piece/education aspect such as company information sharing, reading military resumes or retention plans. A virtual space for resume sharing and distribution has been developed and an out-of-state WARN notice outreach program has been outlined.
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Reading a resume with military experience
Hiring an applicant with military experience can be valuable to your business for many reasons. They have leadership skills, perform well under pressure, have a respect for procedures, and can contribute to teamwork effectively. They also have job skills that they have likely done consistently for the period they were enlisted or perhaps, deployed. But, reviewing their resume for their qualifications to the advertising position can be a battle.
Knowing a basic terminology can be helpful. The concept of enlisted/non-commissioned officer versus officer/warrant officer is the same across the board for all branches. Each of these will have an entry level up to present skill level. An
and what the civilian experience level could be equivalent to would benefit any HR department.
Additional questions regarding hiring military personnel or understanding military resumes can be directed to
North Dakota Compass update, legislative district info available
and have teamed up to create demographic and socio-economic profiles for North Dakota State Legislative Districts. Available information includes statistics on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for all legislative district. Each profile compares district information with North Dakota and the United States. The goal of these publications is to inform, educate, create awareness, and generate discussion.
Connect with North Dakota workforce development programs
- Job Service North Dakota – Post jobs, search resumes, receive applications, and access current labor market information, all online. Business services consultants meet personally with employers and assist in developing recruitment strategies that may include company-specific hiring events, labor market information and suggestions for creating effective job postings on the state’s primary job exchange website.
- Operation Intern – Available to North Dakota employers for North Dakota students, this program provides up to $3,000 in matching funds per student, per term for a maximum of $6,000 per student, and a maximum of $30,000 per employer in a biennium.
- Apprenticeship – Registered apprenticeship provides paid on-the-job training with related technical instruction in a highly skilled occupation. It is used for both non-union and union career opportunities.
- Workforce 20/20 – Provides matching funds to employers to offset the cost of training North Dakota incumbent workers and new employees. Training focus is on production, manufacturing – new methods or technology.
- North Dakota New Jobs Training – Provides incentives to primary sector businesses that are creating new jobs. The program provides a means for businesses to obtain no-cost funding to offset workforce related cost associated with startup and training of new employees.
- TrainND – State supported program for the four designated training institutions of higher education (Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science, Bismarck State College and Williston State College). Provides comprehensive, customized worker training to meet employer-defined needs.
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