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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 21-05


Experiencing insecurity in any area of life can be a challenge, to say the least. Job insecurity, or when a person feels a lack of assurance that they will be able to keep their job, is no exception.

A few things that may threaten job security include factors outside our control, such as downsizing, outsourcing, layoffs, or even new technology. It is a rarity nowadays for someone to stay in one job for their entire career, as used to be the trend a few decades ago. In fact, as of January 2020, the median number of years that workers stayed with their current employer was 4.1 years.

Even if you do feel particularly secure in your job, don’t become complacent. The only thing that’s constant in the labor market is change, so it’s important to take a proactive approach to your career. Even in stable times, make sure you are prepared so you can be confident when change inevitably happens.

A few tips to ensure you are always on the ready:

1.) Keep your Resume Updated – It’s important to have your resume updated to reflect your most recent employment, even if you’re currently working there. You never know when an opportunity will arise to submit your resume for consideration.

2.)  Stay Positive – As the saying goes, “Whenever one door closes, another one opens”. If you do lose your job, regardless of fault, you will likely be able to explain the departing in an interview. It will also allow you to share about your skills and experiences that make you the perfect fit for the new job.
3.)  Accept Job Uncertainty – Worry is not preparation. Many aspects of your job are beyond your control, and job uncertainty is something that we should be prepared to expect and count on. Control what you can, such as working hard and doing what’s asked of you and beyond, and let the rest go.
4.)  Be Proactive – Start learning about other departments or areas that you could train in that are different from what you normally do. Be as well rounded as you can be. If you are afraid that you might get downsized, look for possible transfers within your company to consider.
5.)  Pay Attention to Available Jobs – Even if not actively looking, keep an eye open for other opportunities in your industry or new industries of interest. It’s always good be aware of what’s out there in case you find yourself needing to look for a different job.
6.)  Show Your Value - Within reason, it’s important to do more than just the minimum expected of you. Be willing to help others with tasks, including those that may not be considered “your job.” Show your manager that you will do what you can to help the company succeed.
7.)  Stay Current – Keep your skills updated. If there are new computer programs, social media accounts, certifications, etc. that are expected in the field that you are working in, learn as much as you can. You never know what could be valued at another company in another position.
8.)  Save Your Money – When possible, try to save some money in case of an emergency. While this may not always be feasible, trying to reduce unnecessary spending and build up a savings can really help if you are ever suddenly and unexpectedly out of a job. This would also allow you to take the time to find the right job for you rather than having to take the first job offer you receive. Even a small amount of savings will be beneficial.

Bottom line – while it may seem scary or overwhelming at first, living with job insecurity is not that unusual anymore. It doesn’t have to be a negative or stressful experience, as a job change shouldn’t be feared if you’re properly prepared for it. By following the tips above, you will have a good start to turning an unexpected change into a new opportunity.  






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Employer Spotlight

Allied Cooperative is based in Adams County and has a proud history of serving the farmers of West Central Wisconsin.  Its company roots go back to the late 1910s and early 1920s, when farmers in several local communities formed cooperatives to improve their purchasing and selling power.  This in turn improved the stability of their farming operations.

Over the years the cooperatives merged and acquired new businesses and joined forces to form Allied Cooperative in 2013 Allied Cooperative exists for their members and takes their relationships with their member-owners very seriously Allied has a number of additional businesses, both retail and agricultural in the Adams, Portage, and Wood County areas which include:  Cenex Pump 24 in Adams, NAPA Auto Parts in Adams and Mauston; Mauston Tire Shop; LP and fuel services; grain facilities in Adams, Mauston and Wisconsin Rapids; agronomy facilities in Adams, Mauston and Plover and Pest Pros crop consulting services in Plainfield.   The company also has operations in Arcadia, Blair, Galesville, Mindoro, Tomah and West Salem.  

Allied Cooperative began its partnership with the North Central FSET region in January of this year.  They are excited to provide job leads to those we serve in Adams, Portage and Wood counties.  Openings can range from a Tire-Service Technician position in Mauston, to an Auto Parts Counterperson opening at NAPA of Adams, an Agronomy position in Plover to a seasonal Grain position in Wisconsin Rapids. 


Candidates do not have to have a farming or fertilizer background to work at Allied. They are a proud partner willing to work with candidates who are seeking an entry-level position to those who bring a more direct skill set to their position

If you are interested in working for Allied Cooperative at any of the locations throughout Adams, Portage, or Wood counties, please visit their career page at https://www.allied.coop/careers  to see a complete list of their openings and to submit an application For further information and additional insights on applying to Allied Cooperative, check with your FSET case manager. 



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Referral Spotlight

When Steven enrolled in the FSET program, his goal was to gain full-time employment so that he could find secure housing for him and his daughter. Due to lack of reliable transportation, Steven was looking for a job within walking/ biking distance or accessible with public transportation.


Steven completed many steps in his endeavor to gain employment. He updated his resume to better represent his past work experiences. He also focused on his existing strengths and skills and how to communicate them to employers.


Steven learned that Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling was hiring and let his case manager, Ruthie, know. She discussed the employer with him as FSET has a partnership with this employer. A direct referral was sent by Megan, Career Services Specialist, to Great Lakes Coca-Cola on Steven’s behalf further communicating to the employer all of the positive things that Steven had to offer as a prospective employee.


Because of Steven’s hard work and focus, he was offered a full-time job as an Order Builder with Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling. Congratulations, Steven!


Through 08/31/21,

4,591 individuals have gotten jobs in the NorthCentral FSET Program, with 8,773 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

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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)

 CountyJuly '21

June '21

May '21





 Wisconsin   4.1  

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Fastest Growing Jobs (per North Central Workforce Development Board)

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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