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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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 Employer Spotlight
 Unemployment Data
Hot Jobs
Fastest Growing Jobs

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How to Recover from Job Loss

Losing your job can be one of life’s most stressful life events whether you were laid off or fired. The emotional toll of needing to find a new job quickly to alleviate making financial stress even worse can be devastating.

Currently, many people are seeing what couldn’t have been foreseen: massive job loss due to COVID-19. According to the US Department of Labor, more than 20 million people in the United States lost their job in only one month’s time, mostly due to the pandemic.

So - what is a person to do? Here are a few suggestions:

  • The very first thing to do is to allow yourself time to process what happened. Decompress, be frustrated, and/or grieve. The important thing is to not get lost in your grief and to move forward as quickly as possible.
  • While losing your job may be completely or partially out of your control, how you respond to it is fully in your control. Take this as an opportunity to turn something seemingly negative into a positive – opportunity being the key word.
  • While it can take time, it is important to not take the job loss personally. Being told an employer does not want you to work for them anymore can be emotionally taxing. Accepting their reasons is crucial – whether they were downsizing or were unhappy with your work, remember that they had to prioritize keeping their business running. Either way, there are more opportunities for you around the corner.
  • Do not criticize former managers or your employer in future interviews or when talking to others outside of your closest circle. This can rarely serve you well as it will make you look unprofessional and bitter to new employers.

  • If you have been fired and are at fault, consider asking your employer for feedback on what you could do better or if they have suggestions for you while you search for a new job. This should only be done if appropriate in your situation, but many times it can show humility and the willingness to learn from your mistakes.
  • Look into community agencies that can help you transition through this time. FSET, for example, offers employment and training support which includes help with writing/updating your resume, mock interviewing, workshops, transportation financial assistance, education assistance and much more. FSET will also refer you to other community resources to get you back on your feet in no time.
  • Network! Think of people you have worked with in the past and start reaching out to them again. Let them know your circumstance and see if they know about any jobs available that you would be qualified for. Networking is a great way to get the word out there and to establish new connections.
  • While you are at it, make sure your references are current and that they are aware that you’ll be putting their information down on applications. Make sure you have their current e-mail and phone information, so employers have no issues getting in contact with them.
  • Update your resume. With your recent job loss you will need to edit your existing resume. If you have never had a resume, now is the time to create one as many employers are requesting a resume in the application process. Plus, this is an opportunity to advertise and showcase yourself as you want to.
  • Practice interviewing. If you have not had to interview in a while, it is important to prepare. Many employers have moved into behavioral based interview questions which can be difficult to answer if you are not prepared. Preparing via mock interviewing is also helpful. Remember to figure out what to say when asked why you left your last job and practice your response. FSET has many suggestions to help you with this!
  • Consider your goals. Were you happy in your last job that you lost? Maybe a career change to a different industry would be better for you, or perhaps pursuing further education opportunities would be a good idea. Explore your many options with your FSET case manager before rushing into the first job that is offered to you.

These are only a few suggestions on what to do after losing your job and how to recover. Remember – everyone is different and requires a different amount of time to transition to their next opportunity.

FSET is here for you and ready to help you find a job that meets your needs, skills, and life goals. Just call ­­­715-421-8608 for more information!





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Employer Spotlight


SEEK Careers/Staffing was founded in 1971 by Carol Ann Schneider, CPC, SPHR, from Grafton, Wisconsin.  The name SEEK was actually created from a combination of initials from members of Carol's family.  It was a tradition that names derived in such a way, would bring success to that person or business. So, from Carol's home, SEEK assignment employees were sent to serve the temporary needs of Ozaukee County business people.

The business grew and was eventually incorporated in 1975. The Grafton office expanded from Carol's home to several other buildings in town before finally settling in 1997 at their current location on Opportunity Drive in Grafton.

Carol still remains the leader of the company serving as its CEO and Chair of the Board.  Her son Joel Schneider serves as President and other members of the Schneider family are currently employed and moving up the ranks of the family-run business.

Currently, there are 17 branch offices located throughout Wisconsin with local offices serving the NorthCentral FSET Region in Stevens Point and Wausau.  A recent acquisition has expanded SEEK's portfolio to four branch offices in the Twin Cities market as well.


The Stevens Point Branch is located at 5474 US Highway 10 East, Suite 4 and provides services to Portage, Waupaca, and Wood Counties.  The Wausau Branch, located at 210 Grand Avenue serves Marathon County as well as Marshfield in Wood County.  Both fill many openings daily, weekly and monthly in various industries, including positions in banks, call centers, and in office and clerical settings.  A large number of positions can also be found in warehousing and inventory, CNC machining, general labor and production, agriculture, lawn and garden, lumber, and food production.


If you are interested in pursuing employment at SEEK, please contact your FSET Case Manager.  We are here to guide you through the application and hiring process!



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Referral Spotlight

Phil enrolled in the FSET program in March and his main goal was to find full-time employment within the truck driving field. During his first few FSET appointments, Phil and his FSET Case Manager focused on creating a resume which highlighted his experience within the truck driving industry. He also connected with Megan, Career Services Specialist, who talked about potential jobs to review and employers FSET has relationships with. During FSET appointments, Phil and his Case Manager reviewed and completed job applications, as well as practiced interview preparation questions.

In April, Megan reached out to Phil’s Case Manager to share a new connection with Gordon Aluminum, specifically because they had CDL openings. Phil completed the online application the next day with his Case Manager. A direct referral was sent, and Megan was able to connect with Gordon Aluminum in regard to Phil’s application.

Phil was called for a phone interview and a subsequent in person interview and was officially hired. Phil started his new job as a CDL Truck Driver in June and is working full-time. He is now completing the Job Retention period through FSET and receiving support services to help. With the support of Phil’s Case Manager and Career Services Specialist, he is now working in his desired field.

Through 9/30/20,

4,160 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)

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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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