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Career Services

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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 Let's Talk Labor Market Article
 Employer Spotlight
 Unemployment Data
Hot Jobs
Fastest Growing Jobs

Let's Talk Labor Market 21-03


"Tell me about Yourself"

Sometime in your lifetime of interviewing, you will be asked in an interview, “Could you please tell me about yourself?” Many employers will use this question as an ice breaker right at the beginning of the interview. This one question can be very important because it will set the tone for the entire interview.


First and foremost, when preparing for this question, it’s important to keep your answer relevant to your professional work experience as it relates to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a customer service position, talk about all of the customer service experience you have or skills you’ve gained that could be used in a customer service role.


Additionally, you want to avoid sharing personal information. For example, telling an interviewer whether you’re married or how many kids you have may prove to be unhelpful. Personal information could cause an employer to make inferences about you that may or may not be true. For example, if you talk about your school-aged kids, an employer may jump to the conclusion that you will be missing a lot of work due to sick children.


It is also important to show enthusiasm. People can see and hear your true interest in your face and your voice. Remembering to smile and show some excitement regarding being able to interview with the employer keeps them interested in you and provides a more pleasant interaction.


Finally, keep this answer short and sweet. This is not the time to be vague. Be clear and concise about your relevant work experience and be careful not to start rambling by getting lost in your answer.


One model that could be used when answering this question is to think about the acronym:

“S.E.T.” – Skills, Experience, and Time


For example, if you were applying for a Customer Service Representative position at an insurance company, one way to apply this framework to your answer could be:


“I’ve been working in the customer service field as a cashier for about 4 years now. I’m thankful for the opportunity to interview for this position today as it will allow me to use the skills I’ve gained and continue to grow in this field that I love.”


S: Skill – I’ve been working in the customer service field

E: Experience – as a cashier

T: Time – for about 4 years now.


From here you can elaborate on why you like the industry and your hopes to continue and expand your career in that industry.


Hopefully, this information is helpful as you prepare for your next interview. Remember to reach out to your FSET Case Manager if you are stuck and utilize them to practice practice practice!






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Employer Spotlight


Back in 1958, Alexander J. Gordon and his son, Jack Gordon, founded Gordon Aluminum Industries, Inc.. 12 years later, they relocated to Schofield, WI where they have been ever since. The entire time Gordon Aluminum has been in business, they have remained a Gordon family-owned company with A.J. Gordon II as their current CEO. Gordon Aluminum currently operates as an aluminum extrusion and fabrication plant. Services include extrusion, CNC machining, bending, assembly and finishing through strong 3rd party partnerships.


Gordon Aluminum practices a “Customer First Philosophy” as they realize that most important measure of success is customer satisfaction. Their annual “Voice of the Customer” (VOC) surveys help them understand the specific needs of the customer so they can do what they need to do to meet those needs. In 2018, their customers gave them top ratings for customer service and quality via this survey.


Gordon Aluminum is hiring! A couple of things to note:


  • While having experience is a plus, it is not absolutely necessary
  • They will provide on-the-job training and mentoring to those who want to learn and advance in the company
  • Shop floor positions earn up to 36 hours of paid time-off in the first year

To view a list of current openings, click here


Remember – if you are interested in applying with Gordon Aluminum, discuss this with your FSET Case Manager. We can help prepare you for an interview and spruce up your resume prior to applying. We are always here to help guide you through 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 03/31/21,

4,430 individuals have gotten jobs in the NorthCentral FSET Program, with 8,287 total jobs attained.

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

For more information, click HERE.

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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)

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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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