Wisconsin.gov Employment Site
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GENERAL

What benefits does the Wisconsin.gov Employment site offer?

Posting job opportunities at www.wisconsin.gov offers many new features and advantages for both Employers and Job Seekers, including:

  • Immediate "real-time" job postings and updates
  • Many links to Employer Web sites for job seekers
  • Advanced job-search capabilities
  • Resume posting by Job Seekers to use with the Career Agent feature and to allow resume searching by registered Employers
  • Career Agent functionality for Job Seekers
  • Ability for Job Seekers to apply online where the Employer has indicated they accept resumes via the Apply Online feature
  • Link to the local Job Center Directory where job search assistance and other services can be provided to Job Seekers

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What kinds of jobs are posted to the Wisconsin.gov Employment site?

Jobs from both the public and private sectors are posted to this site. Jobs are classified by categories and subcategories. For more information, preview the complete list of job categories.

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What browser requirements does the Wisconsin.gov Employment site have?

The Wisconsin.gov Employment site works best with either Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later, Netscape version 6.2 or later or with Firefox 2.0 or later.

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Why do I have to enter information on a page in 30 minutes or less?

For security reasons, the server will terminate your session if there is no activity from your browser in a 30 minute period. If you take longer than 30 minutes to enter information on a page, your session will expire. You will be promted with the Login page, and the data entered will be lost. To avoid this, follow these guidelines:

  • If you are approaching the 30 minute limit, consider saving the incomplete page. If you are entering a resume, you can uncheck the box at the top of the Resume Objectives page so that your incomplete resume will not be visible to others.
  • If you are creating resume information from scratch, consider writing it first in a word processor and then cut and paste the sections into the appropriate pages.

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SEARCH FOR JOBS

How do I search for jobs by Keyword?

A Keyword search looks for matches to Job Title and Job Description text in all active job postings.

To search for by Keyword:

  1. Start from the Job Search page.

    Type one or more keywords. Do not use quotation marks.

    The search engine will look for exact matches to the word or phrase selected. For example, searching for "industrial engineer" returns a list of jobs in which the exact words ""industrial engineer" appear together in either the job title or description.

  2. Click the Search button. Or, if desired, complete the Category section of the search form to further narrow your search and then click the Search button.

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How do I search for jobs by Category?

To search by Category:

  1. Start from the Job Search page.

    Select a category to include in your search.

  2. Subcategories for the selected category appear in the Subcategory list box. Select a Subcategory. Or, to search the entire category, leave "All Subcategories" selected.
  3. Repeat steps 2 & 3 to include additional selections. (Additional selections can be the same category with a different subcategory or a new category.) You can make up to five selections. To make multiple selections, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking. To undo a choice, hold down the Ctrl key and click the selection again.
  4. Click the Search for Jobs button. Or, if desired, complete the Keyword section of the search form to further narrow your search and then click the Search for Jobs button.

For more information, preview the complete list of job categories.

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How can I search for a job by Location?

You can search for a job by location either by Region/Metro Area or City. A search by Region/Metro Area will include surrounding area communities. A search for city looks for exact matches.

To search by Region/Metro Area:

  1. Start from the Job Search page.
  2. Select the Region/Metro Area of your choice: Eau Claire, Fox Valley, Green Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Superior, and Wausau, Northeast Region (Non-Metro Area), Northwest Region (Non Metro Area), Southeast Region (Non-Metro Area), and Southwest Region (Non-Metro Area). To make multiple selections, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking. To undo a choice, hold down the Ctrl key and click the selection again.
  3. Click the Search for Jobs button. If you do not get the results you expect because the city of your choice does not appear in the Metro Area, type the name of the city directly in the City field.

To search by City:

  1. Start from the Job Search page.
  2. Type the name of the city in the City field. You may enter only one city per search. Be mindful of the spelling, as the search will seek exact matches.
  3. Click the Search for Jobs button. If you do not get the results you expect because the city of your choice does not appear in the Metro Area, type the name of the city directly in the City field.

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What geographic areas are included in the Region/Metro Areas?

This map shows which geographic areas are included in the Region/Metro Areas. The regions are identified by the colors show in the key next to the map. Metro Areas are shown in a lighter shade of the Region color and are identified by a name in bold text. Below this map is a text listing of which counties are included in the Region/Metro Areas.
 
Wisconsin Metro Area and Region Map
Regions
Northeast Region:Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago
Northwest Region:Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor
Southeast Region:Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha
Southwest Region:Adams, Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Dane, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, Lacrosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Trempealeau, Wood, Vernon
 
Metro Areas
Eau Claire:Eau Claire, Chippewa
Fox Valley:Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago
Green Bay:Brown
Kenosha:Kenosha
La Crosse:La Crosse
Janesville:Rock
Madison:Dane
Milwaukee:Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington
Racine:Racine
Sheboygan:Sheboygan
Superior:Douglas
Wausau:Marathon, Portage

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How can I search for a job by Employer?

To search for jobs by Employer:

  1. Click the Employer Search button.
  2. The Job Seeker - Employer Search page appears. It provides options to search for employer(s) by letter of the alphabet, view a list of all employers, and search by employer name.

  3. Choose to search by Employer using one of the options.
    • To search for registered Employers with active job postings whose names begin with a certain letter of the alphabet, click the appropriate letter.
    • To view a list of all registered Employers with active job postings, click the "All" link.
    • To search by Employer name (whole or part), type an employer name in the text box and click the "Search by Employer Name" link.

    The Job Seeker - Employer Search Results page appears. The page lists matched Employer Name(s) and the number of active job postings.

    Note: If you do not get the results you expect, click the "Back" link, the "All" link, or one of the alphabet letters to start a new search.

  4. Click an Employer Name to see Employer information and job posting titles.
  5. The Job Seeker - Employer Search - Job Listing page appears. The page displays the Employer's name and address along with the job title, location, and date posted for each active posting.

  6. Click one of the job titles for details.
  7. The Job Seeker - Employer Search - Detail page appears.

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How can I view an entire list of jobs posted on the Wisconsin.gov Employment site? Can I print a complete list of jobs?

This function exists for K12 education positions only. To view or print a list of K12 education job postings:

  1. Start from the Job Search page.
  2. Click the "click here" link in the "TEACHERS: Click here for a printable list of K-12 Education opportunities" line.

The K12 Education Printable Listings page appears. This page lists all K12 education positions by K12 Education Subcategory. It also lists, by subcategory, the K12 education positions posted within the last 7 days. The listings are .pdf files. You have the option to view and print them using Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® software.

Keep in mind that there are a large number of jobs in the Employment database. Depending on the type of Internet connection you have, it may take a while for the K12 Education Printable Listings page to appear.

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Can I save my search criteria so I don’t have to re-enter the same information each time I visit the Wisconsin.gov Employment site?

Yes, you can save your search criteria for future use. To do this:

  1. Log in as a Job Seeker.
  2. Click on the Job Search button.
  3. Type your keyword(s).
  4. Enter your search criteria including one or all of the following: Keyword(s) Category/Subcategory, Metro Area, City, Job Type, Status, and Sort By.
  5. Click the Save this Search button.

Your search criteria is saved and may be reused later by logging in as a Job Seeker, going to the Job Search page, and clicking the Retrieve a Saved Search button.

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LOG IN

When and why do I have to log in?

Login is required for some but not all Job Seeker activities.

You need to log in for activities that involve saving information to the Employment database. This includes creating a resume, using the Apply Online feature, establishing a Career Agent, updating your Profile, and saving Advanced Search criteria.

You do not need to log in to search the Employment database for jobs using either the Quick Search or Advanced Search features.

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How do I register as a Job Seeker?

To register as a Job Seeker:

  1. Click on the Login link on the left side of the Job Seeker page.
  2. Click the "here" link in the "Don’t have an account yet? Click here to create one" line.
  3. The Create New Account page appears.

  4. Complete both the Job Seeker Information and Change User Name / Password sections. Asterisks (*) indicate required fields.

    Note: Either your e-mail address or mailing address, but not both, is required.

  5. Remember your username and password for future reference. They are case sensitive.
  6. Click the Preview Registration button.
  7. The Job Seeker - Preview Registration page appears.

  8. Review your Job Seeker information. If correct, click the Save button. Or, use your browser’s back button to return to the Create New Account page and re-enter the information.

When the registration information has been saved you will receive a confirmation notice indicating, "You have been registered as a Job Seeker."

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How do I log in?

You need to register as a Job Seeker before you can log in.

To log in:

  1. Click on the Login link on the left side of the Job Seeker page.
  2. The Login page appears.

  3. Type your Username and Password in the appropriate fields.
  4. Click the Login button.

The Search Jobs page appears along with a message reading, "You have been logged in."

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I've forgotten my username and/or password. How can I get a new one?

If you've forgotten your username or password, you can use the Employment site's Forgotten Username/Password feature to retrieve it.

To retrieve a forgotten username and/or password:

  1. Click the Login link on the left side of the Job Seeker page.
  2. The Login page appears.

  3. Click the "username and/or password" link in the "Did you forget your username and/or password?" line.
  4. The Forgot your username and/or password? page appears.

  5. Type the e-mail address you used to set up your Job Seeker account.
  6. Note: If you can't remember the e-mail address used to set up the account, click the "feedback" link at the bottom of the page.

  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. If the e-mail address matches an address in the database, the username and password will be sent to that email address.

    If the e-mail address doesn't match an address in the database, you will receive an error message indicating that the e-mail address couldn't be found.

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What is the privacy policy?

The Wisconsin.gov Employment site adheres to this privacy policy.

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UPDATE PROFILE

How do I update my Job Seeker account with new information?

If you move, change e-mail accounts, decide to change your password, or otherwise need to update your Job Seeker account, you can do this by using the Job Seeker - Update Profile feature.

To update your profile:

  1. Log in as a Job Seeker.
  2. Click the Update Profile button at the top of the page.
  3. The Update Profile page appears. It displays your current Job Seeker registration information, except for your password.

  4. Change the appropriate information
  5. Re-enter your existing password or enter a new one in the Password and Password Again fields.
  6. Click the Preview Registration button.
  7. The Job Seeker - Preview Registration page appears.

  8. Review your Job Seeker information. If correct, click the Save button. Or, use your browser’s back button to return to the Create New Account page and re-enter the information.

When the registration information has been saved you will receive a confirmation notice indicating," Your profile has been updated successfully."

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CAREER AND EMPLOYER AGENT

What is a Career Agent?

Career Agent is a tool that lets you know when new job openings matching your criteria have been posted to the Employment site. When you create your Career Agent, you may specify the type of job and job location that interest you. If a new job matching your criteria is posted to the Employment site, you will receive an e-mail notification that includes a link to the new posting.

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How do I create a Career Agent?

Before creating a Career Agent, you must first log in to the Employment site as a Job Seeker. Once logged in, click on the Career Agent button at the top of the page and select the "Career Agent" link on the Job Seeker - Career Agent page. You will be directed to another Job Seeker - Career Agent page. From here, creating a Career Agent is a simple, three-step process.

Step 1 - Enter Criteria

In this step, you specify the Keyword, Categories, and Location criteria for job notifications that you want to receive from the Career Agent.

  • Keyword - Type one or more keywords to describe the type of job you are looking for. These keywords will be used to find exact matches in either the job title or description. For example, if you type "math teacher", the Career Agent looks for job openings where the exact words "math teacher" appear together. Note: Do not use quotation marks when typing keywords.

  • Category - When posting jobs, employers select up to five categories and/or subcategories to associate with their opening. When creating your Career Agent, you may also select up to five categories and/or subcategories. When activated, the Career Agent looks for all matches between your category selections and the employer's job posting selections.

There are two types of job category lists. The default type is General Job Categories and includes a broad range of job categories. The second option is Education Position Categories. It includes only education-related job categories. To target education job openings, select the Education Position Category option and click the View button.

To make multiple category selections, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking. To undo a choice, hold down the Ctrl key and click the selection again.

Hint: To help identify the most appropriate job categories for your Career Agent, review a list of all job categories.

  • Location - You can use either Region/Metro Area or City or both to identify the job opening location.


    • Region/Metro Area - You may select one or more Regions/Metro Areas. The Career Agent will look for matches to these. To select multiple choices, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking on selections. To undo a choice, hold down the Ctrl key and click the selection again.
    • City - Type the name of one city. Be mindful of spelling. The Career Agent will look for exact matches of city names.

When satisfied with your Keyword, Category, and Location selections, click the Next button.

Step 2 - Confirm E-mail Address

In this step, you verify your e-mail address. This is the e-mail address that the Career Agent will use to send you notifications of new job openings that match your Career Agent selection criteria.

The e-mail address displayed in the text box is the one you established in your login registration. If desired, you can set up your Career Agent to use a different e-mail address by typing a new one in the text box. You may choose to save this new e-mail address for the Career Agent and to update your profile by selecting the "Update my profile with this e-mail address" check box.

Step 3 - Confirm Agent

In this step, you review and confirm your Career Agent settings.

Your Career Agent settings for Keyword, Category, and Location (Region/Metro Area and City) are displayed. Review the settings for accuracy.

Click the Inactive button if you wish to make this Career Agent inactive. This means that you will not receive e-mail notifications for new jobs posted that match your Career Agent.

Click the Back button if you wish to make changes to your Career Agent.

Click the Save button if the selections are correct. You will receive a confirmation indicating that your Agent has been activated.

Click the Cancel button if you do not want to save this Career Agent.

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Can I delete my Career Agent?

You cannot delete your Career Agent directly, but you can make your Career Agent inactive. When made inactive, your Career Agent does not send e-mail notifications to you. Career Agents are automatically deleted from the Employment database after 30 days of being set to "inactive" or 30 days of nonuse.

To make your Career Agent inactive:

  1. Log in to the Employment site.
  2. Click the Career Agent button.
  3. Click the "Career Agent" link.
  4. Without making any changes, click the Next button for Steps 1 and 2.
  5. At Step 3 - Confirm Agent, select the Inactive option.
  6. Click the Save button.

You will receive a confirmation that your Career Agent has been saved as inactive.

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What is an Employer Agent?

The Employer Agent is a tool that lets you know when specified Employers have posted new job openings on the Employment site. You may specify up to five Employers that have registered with the Wisconsin.gov Employment site to include in your Employer Agent. If an Employer in your Employer Agent posts a new job to the Employment site, you will receive an e-mail notification that includes a link to the new posting.

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How do I create an Employer Agent?

Before creating an Employer Agent, you must first log in to the Employment site as a Job Seeker. Once logged in, click on the Career Agent button at the top of the page and select the "Employer Agent" link on the Job Seeker - Career Agent page. You will be directed to the Job Seeker - Employer Agent page. From here, creating an Employer Agent is a simple, three-step process.

Step 1 - Enter Criteria

In this step, you select the Employers that you want to include in your Employer Agent. You have three options for searching for and selecting Employers.

  • Alphabet Letter - Click a letter of the alphabet to view a list of registered employers whose names begin with that letter. Note: Employers whose names begin with "The" are not included under "T." They are listed under the letter of the next word in the Employer name. For example, The Bruce Company is listed under "B."
  • All Employers - Click the "All" link to view all registered Employers in an alphabetized list.
  • Employer Name - Enter an Employer name (whole or partial) in the text box, and then click the "Search by Employer Name" link to view a list of matching registered Employers.

The results of your search are listed in the Employer Search Results box. Select the Employer(s) you would like to include in your Employer Agent and click the "Add Employers to Agent" link. You can select up to five. To make multiple selections, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking.

After clicking "Add Employers to Agent", your Employer Agent selections appear in the Selected Employers box. As you review the list, you may want to change your selections. To add other Employers not shown in the Employer Search Results, redo your search using one of the three options. To delete an Employer, select the Employer name in the Selected Employers box and click the "Remove Employers from Agent" link. When you're satisfied with the list of selected Employer, click the Next button.

Step 2 - Confirm E-mail Address

In this step, you verify your e-mail address. This is the e-mail address that the Employer Agent will use to send you notifications of new job openings that match your Employer Agent selection criteria.

The e-mail address displayed in the text box is the one you established in your login registration. If desired, you can set up your Employer Agent to use a different e-mail address by typing a new one in the text box. You may choose to save this new e-mail address for the Employer Agent and to update your profile by selecting the "Update my profile with this e-mail address" check box.

Step 3 - Confirm Agent

In this step, you review and confirm your Employer Agent settings.

Your Employer Agent settings for Employer Name are displayed. Review the settings for accuracy.

Click the Inactive button if you wish to make this Employer Agent inactive. This means that you will not receive e-mail notifications for new jobs posted by employers that match your Employer Agent.

Click the Back button if you wish to make changes to your Employer Agent.

Click the Save button if the selections are correct. You will receive a confirmation indicating that your Agent has been activated.

Click the Cancel button if you do not want to save this Career Agent.

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Can I delete my Employer Agent?

You cannot delete your Employer Agent directly, but you can make your Employer Agent inactive. When made inactive, your Employer Agent does not send e-mail notifications to you. Employer Agents are automatically deleted from the Employment database after 30 days of being set to "inactive" or 30 days of nonuse.

To make your Employer Agent inactive:

  1. Log in to the Employment site.
  2. Click the Career Agent button.
  3. Click the "Employer Agent" link.
  4. Without making any changes, click the Next button for Steps 1 and 2.
  5. At Step 3 - Confirm Agent, select the Inactive option.
  6. Click the Save button.

You will receive a confirmation that your Employer Agent has been saved as inactive.

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CREATE RESUME

Why do I need to create a resume?

You can use the Wisconsin.gov Employment site without creating a resume, but creating a resume makes it easier for you to apply for jobs. Completed and activated resumes can be sent to Employers using the Apply Online feature. Having a resume also makes it easier for Employers to find you because Employers can search Job Seeker resumes to find perspective employees.

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How do I create a resume?

Before creating a Resume you must first log in to the Wisconsin.gov Employment site. Once logged in, click on the Resume button at the top of the page. You will be directed to the Job Seeker - Create Your Resume page.

There are five major sections to the Job Seeker resume: Objective, Experience, Skills, Education, and Affiliations. When creating your resume, you will enter information on a separate page for each of the sections. You can navigate between the resume-creation pages by clicking the Objective, Experience, Skills, Education, and Affiliations links at the top of each page.

Each resume-creation page has one or more of the following Save buttons and links at the bottom. Use these as necessary to save your entries, move between pages, and preview your work.

  • Save & Continue - This button saves your entries and moves you to the next page.
  • Save & Go Back - This button saves your entries and returns you to the previous page.
  • Save & Add - This button saves your entries and keeps you on the current page so you can add another similar item (work experience, skill, education, or affiliation) to your resume.
  • Save & Exit - This button saves your entries, exits the Resume feature, and returns you to the Job Seeker Search page.
  • Skip This Screen - This link allows you to skip a page and move to the next one. Any entries/changes are not saved.
  • Preview Resume - This link saves your changes and lets you preview a printable version of your resume in a separate browser window.

Section 1 - Objective

In this section you enter information that describes the type of job you are looking for including job title, career objective, job category, location, pay range and more. If you want Employers to be able to search your resume, select the "Make this resume searchable by employers" check box. The selections that you make in this Objective section are search choices for Employers looking for Job Seekers.

Complete the following fields and click the appropriate Save button when finished.

  • Title - Type the job title that most closely describes your qualifications.
  • Objective - Type one or two sentences (up to 255 characters) that describe your career objective.
  • Category - You may select up to 5 categories and/or subcategories. To make multiple selections, hold down the Ctrl key (or Apple key for Mac users) while clicking. To undo a choice, hold down the Ctrl key and click the selection again.
  • Job Type - Select the most appropriate job type from the list. Choices are: No Preference, Employee, Intern, Contractor, and Temporary.
  • Status - Select the most appropriate status from the list. Choices are: Part-time, No Preference, and Full-time.
  • Availability Date - Select the most appropriate availability date from the list. Choices are: 1-3 months, Immediately, Less than 1 month, Less than 3 months, Negotiable, and N/A.
  • Career Level - Select the most appropriate career level from the list. Choices are: Entry, Mid-Career, Executive, and Senior.
  • Metro Area - Select the Metro Area you desire to work. If no preference, leave blank.
  • Willing to Relocate? - Select this check box if you are willing to relocate. An empty check box defaults to "not willing to relocate."
  • Salary / Pay Range - Type the hourly or annual pay rate or range that you seek.
  • Pay Interval - Select the pay interval (Hourly or Annual) that matches the salary you entered above.
  • Work Authorization - Select the most appropriate work authorization statement or leave blank.

Section 2 - Experience

In this section you provide detailed work experience information. Describe each work experience separately. They will appear on your resume in chronological order starting with the most recent.

For each of your work experiences, complete the following fields and click the appropriate Save button when finished.

  • Company Name - Type the employer’s name.
  • Begin Date - Enter the date you began working for this employer.
  • End Date - Enter the date you stopped working for this employer.
  • Location - Type the employer’s address.
  • Description - Type several sentences (up to 2000 characters) that describe the type of work you did for this employer.

Section 3 - Skills

In this step you identify your special job skills. Describe each skill separately. They will appear on your resume in the order in which they are entered.

For each job skill, complete the following fields and click the appropriate Save button when finished.

  • Skill - Type a very brief description of the skill.
  • Years - Type the number of years that you have possessed this skill.
  • Level - Select the appropriate skill level from the list. Your choices include: Beginner, Expert, and Intermediate.

Section 4 - Education

In this step you provide detailed education information. Describe each education level separately.

For each education level, complete the following fields and click the appropriate Save button when finished.

  • School Name - Type the name of the school that you attended.
  • School City - Type the city in which the school is located.
  • School State - Select the state in which the school is located. If you attended a school outside the United States, type the Country in this field.
  • Degree Type - Select the appropriate degree type from the list. Choices are: Associates Degree, Bachelor Degree, Certification, High School or Equivalent, Masters Degree, Professional, and Vocational.
  • Graduation Date - Enter your graduation date.
  • Description - Type several sentences (up to 2000 characters) that describe this educational experience.

Section 5 - Affiliations

In this step you provide detailed information about any organization in which you are a current or past member. Describe each separately. They will appear on your resume in the order in which they are entered.

For each membership, complete the following fields and click the appropriate Save button when finished.

  • Group Name - Type the name of the organization.
  • Group Role - Type a description of your role with the organization.
  • Start Date - Enter the date you became a member of this organization.
  • End Date - Enter the date you ended membership with this organization. If you are still a member, select "Present" in the Month field.
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I created a resume some time ago. Now I want to update it. How do I do this?

Before updating a resume you must first log in to the Employment site. Once logged in, click on the Resume button at the top of the page. You will be directed to the Job Seeker - Create Your Resume page. Your last saved entries for each of the fields in the Objective section are shown.

To update the Objective section of your resume:

  1. Change the appropriate information.
  2. Click Save & Continue if you need to update other sections of your resume or click Save & Exit to save your changes and return to the Job Seeker Search page

To edit the Experience, Skills, Education, and/or Affiliations sections of your resume:

  1. Navigate to the appropriate section using the links at the top of the Create Your Resume page.
  2. Locate the work experience, skill, education, or affiliation item to edit. These items are listed below the blank entry fields on the page. You may need to scroll to find them.
  3. Click the Edit link to make changes or click the Delete link to delete the entire item.
  4. Click the appropriate Save button.

To add to the Experience, Skills, Education, and/or Affiliations sections of your resume:

  1. Navigate to the appropriate section using the links at the top of the Create Your Resume page.
  2. Make entries in the blank fields.
  3. Click the appropriate Save button.
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What does it mean to make my resume "Searchable by Employers"?

Employers have the ability to search Job Seeker resumes in an effort to find potential employees. As a Job Seeker, you can include your resume in these searches by selecting the "Make this resume searchable by employers" check box in the Objective section of "Create Your Resume." If this check box is not selected, you exclude your resume from Employer searches.

Employers can search resumes by keyword(s) and/or category. A keyword search looks for exact matches to entries in the Title and Objective sections of your resume. A job category search looks for matches to the category and/or subcategory selections you made when creating your resume.

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Can I still use my resume for the Apply Online feature if I don’t make my resume "Searchable by Employers"?

Yes, you can. Your resume will be active for you to send. It’s also a good idea to preview your resume before sending to confirm that it contains the information you want to send to an employer.

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APPLY ONLINE

Can I apply for job openings directly from the Wisconsin.gov Employment site?

Yes, the Employment site has an Apply Online feature that allows you to respond immediately to a job posting simply by clicking a button. Apply Online sends an e-mail notification to the Employer who posted the job. The e-mail includes a direct link to the resume you’ve created on this site. This feature is activated when an Employer indicates they will accept this site’s online resumes.

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How do I Apply Online?

To use the Apply Online feature you must first log in to the Employment site and create a resume (or have created one previously). Then when viewing a job posting on the Job Seeker - Detail Page, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of that page.

After clicking the Apply Online button, you will be provided with the following choices:

  • Clicking on the "I want to review my resume" link displays a read-only version of your resume in a new browser window. When you have finished viewing and/or printing the resume, close the browser window to return to the Apply Online page.
  • The Edit Resume button returns you to the Job Seeker - Create Your Resume feature. Here you may make the necessary changes to your resume. When finished, click the Save and Exit button to return to the Apply Online page.
  • The Send Resume button sends an e-mail message to the Employer who posted the job. The message includes a direct link to the resume that you’ve created on this Employment site. You will receive a confirmation indicating that your resume will be sent to that Employer.
  • The Cancel button cancels the Apply Online feature for this job listing and returns you to the Job Seeker - Details Page.
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Why isn’t the Apply Online button shown on all job listings?

Employers posting job openings have the option to receive Job Seeker resumes directly or not. If the Apply Online button is not shown for a job listing, it indicates that the employer prefers to receive job applications in another way. You should refer to the "How to Apply" section of the job posting for this information.

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