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CSS Team

Our Career Services Team specializes in our local labor market. They have formed connections with local employers to facilitate opportunities for FSET customers. They also work with labor market experts to gather the best information available about the trends in the NorthCentral Region.

 Ronda Seubert

 Career Services Specialist

 (Adams, Portage, Wood)

 (715) 315 - 0191



 Megan Stanchik

 Career Services Specialist

 (Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas)

 (715) 216 - 0144


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How to Recognize

Work-From-Home Scams


As the concerns of Covid-19 continue into the new year, many job seekers are searching for work-from-home opportunities now more than ever.  A new surge of available remote positions also brings an increase in scammers promoting positions that may appear to be legitimate, but in reality, are not. 


What can you do to ensure you do not fall victim to a remote position that is actually a scam?  During your job search, always read and trust any red flags you come across that tell you this position may not be legitimate.  Make sure you research the company you are pursuing, let the opportunities come to you, and always connect with the company directly.  Once you obtain an interview, ask questions right away and often throughout the entire hiring process. Never give a potential employer any money or personal information in order to receive a position or even an interview.  Remember, in a scam there is never a job available – it is just a desire to steal your money.


Below are some additional warning signs that a remote position may be a scam:


∙ The employer is extremely eager to hire you.

∙ If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

∙ The job promises you will make lots of money by doing little work.

∙ The employer has no digital footprint.

∙ You have to pay fees up-front to work.

∙ The employer requires a lot of your personal data right away.

∙ The job posting has many spelling and grammatical errors in it.

∙ There is little or no information available about the company.

∙ During the application and hiring process, you never speak to a real person.

∙ The employer uses a generic or personal email account to connect with you.


Below are some common work-at-home scams to be aware of when searching for any remote opportunities:


1). Stuffing Envelopes

This scam is a “pay-for-no” scheme.  The employer will ask you to pay in advance to stuff envelopes for them, but there is no work to perform.  They send you a letter stating the only way you will actually make money is to recruit others to buy into the same envelope-stuffing business. 


2). Medical Billing

Even though this is a legitimate business, this type of work is never done by one person in a remote setting.  A scammer can make good money from their targets by requesting them to buy software and equipment.  They will tell you they have a list of clients to contact, but the list is most likely fake as they have already made their money through their equipment and software requests to you.


3). Assembling Products

In order to earn money, you must invest a great deal of money up front for any supplies and equipment needed to make or assemble the product.  After spending many hours and much money, you are told the final product is not up to standard of the company who promised to buy them.  In fact, your work never will be good enough and you are stuck with a loss of investment and time.


4). Mystery Shopping

In this scenario, the employer is looking for people who will dine or shop at particular stores or restaurants, paying them in return for a report on their experience.  Some scammers may request additional funds for fake certifications or even ask you to deposit checks or wire money back to them before you and the bank realize the checks aren’t real.  Bottom line: you should never have to pay to be a legitimate mystery shopper.


5). Pyramid Scheme

In this scam, you build a pyramid of others who you bring into the scheme.  As you bring others into the fold, you build your profits. The only problem is the product you are promoting has no real substance, and by the time you find out it is not a legitimate product or service, it is too late for the hope of making money honestly.


The good news is that there are some legitimate work-from-home jobs out there. Our NorthCentral Programs offices are here to join you in your job search efforts. Let us answer your questions and support you in your job search!











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Employer Spotlight




The AmericInn franchise was founded by Jim Graves in Minnesota with the first location opening in 1984.  A decade later, the hotel chain began franchising their hotels and today has 240 hotels in over 20 states, found mainly in the Midwest and on the East coast. Wyndham purchased the AmericInn Franchise at the end of 2017 and took over in early 2018.

The Plover AmericInn was built in 1996 and has 64 guest rooms, including five whirlpool suites.  The hotel has had a number of owners since its opening 24 years ago, with the current owners being with the hotel since 2006.  They are a local family who have made a number of changes throughout the years, listening to the voices of their guests as well as keeping up with trends in the industry. 

The AmericInn in Plover is an award-winning hotel. For three consecutive years, 2017-2019, they won the Best of AmericInn award.  In addition, they hold 3 diamonds with Triple A, 4.5 out of 5 stars with TripAdvisor, and 8.8 out of 10 with Hotels.com.

Currently there are 14 staff members working both at the front desk and in housekeeping. Derek, General Manager at the hotel states he trains his staff to show guests that stay with them that they are family. Not only guests, but all those who come to visit them are family.

The hotel offers open swim for people in the Plover and Stevens Point area and has a Hospitality Room that can be used to hold company meetings or birthday parties with the use of the pool.

When looking to fill his open housekeeping or front desk positions, Derek turns to the FSET Program first to find qualified candidates before looking anywhere else.  If you are interested in a position at the AmericInn in Plover, check out their current openings on the Portage County job leads page on MyFSET.net or stop by in person to pick up an application. 

If you need help with your application, contact your case manager as we are here to help you through both the application and hiring process!




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Referral Spotlight

**From the perspective of Sandra, NorthCentral FSET customer**

Sandra attended her first FOCUS job leads and labor market appointment with a Career Services Specialist from the NorthCentral FSET region on June 9, 2020.  She indicated her goal was looking for and securing a first shift, part-time position in Stevens Point.  Sandra indicated she would like a position on the bus line for her to be able to get to her job.


During this session, the Career Service Specialist shared a number of part-time job leads with Sandra in the Stevens Point and Plover area.  They did not talk again until a second FOCUS session was scheduled on August 4th.  During the conversation, they discussed current openings for UWSP Dining Services and Sandra was encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

UWSP Dining Services is an employer partner that works with the NorthCentral Region FSET program and at the time had many positions that needed to be filled before the new school year began. The Career Services Specialist mentioned they were hoping to bring individuals on board as soon as possible. 


Sandra completed her application for a Food Service position soon after and things moved very quickly for her.  On August 18th, the Career Services Specialist sent a direct referral for employment to the FSET employer contact at UWSP Dining Services.  Sandra quickly received a request for an interview on August 19th and only a few short days later she was hired.  Sandra started her new position, on the bus line near her home, in early September.  Sandra was very excited for this opportunity, its flexible hours, being close to home, in addition to allowing her to learn many new and interesting things in her new role.   


To date Sandra is doing very well at UWSP Dining Services.  When asked about how FSET helped her in pursuing a job, Sandra pointed out FSET allowed her to find a position quicker than she could have on her own, and that she felt supported in her search by those she worked with, as they did not allow her to give up on her search.  In her role as Dishwasher, what Sandra likes best about her job is working with people, learning new things, and working in a space where she can be herself.  Sandra remembers during the early days of her new position, a colleague told her, “You are going to like it here.” Sandra agrees and she is grateful for the chance she was given and the potential her supervisor saw in her to do a good job.










Through 11/30/20,

4,234 individuals have gotten jobs in the NorthCentral FSET Program

Hot Jobs

The following are the most in-demand fields in the NorthCentral Region:

Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Sales, Manufacturing

Registered Nurses

General/Operations Manager

Medical Assistant



Insurance Sales Agents


Construction Workers

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Unemployment Rates

NorthCentral Region Rates

Unemployment statistics pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics run by the United States Department of Labor. For more information, go to https://data.bls.gov.

(not seasonally adjusted)

 CountyOct '20

Sept '20

Aug '20





 Langlade5.0 4.76.6
 Lincoln4.0 3.75.2
 Oneida5.1 4.76.3
 Portage4.3 3.94.7
 Vilas5.14.6 5.8
 Wood4.94.6 6.2

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Fastest Growing Jobs (per North Central Workforce Development Board)

Please head to the NCWDB's website for more data regarding the NorthCentral region!

As you can see, many of the fastest growing jobs are entry level positions, and they pay a lower wage. But don’t let this discourage you if this is not what you want to do long-term! Everyone needs to start somewhere.


Keep in mind that all these positions allow you to gain experience and knowledge that you can take along with you as you travel along your career path.


All of these industries are growing and have a lot of potential. Click on the links below to view graphics showing possible outcomes from starting out in some of the industries noted above!

Janitorial/General Cleaner


Personal Care Worker


Retail Sales

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