Policies Released for Public Comment, Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Two policies of the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), regarding Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) and Supportive Services, have been released for public comment. 

Please send comments to info@seakingwdc.org by Monday, December 5th.

Visit by clicking on the image, or via our "Policies & Guidelines" webpage, here.

Thank you!


Recording: Virtual "Resource Showcase," Talent Pipeline Application

Thanks to our over 30 attendees at the virtual "Resource Showcase" of our new Talent Pipeline Application. The app is at your fingertips via our website--for industry, education and training, job seeker, and research use. See below for the recorded event, and please spread the word! Here's the direct link as well. #seakingwdcapp

You might also want to check out... 
"5 Tips for Using the New Talent Pipeline Application," here
Contact our Communications Manager, Hannah Mello: hmello@seakingwdc.org // 206.448.0474 ext. 3014

Forging Career Pathways for Untapped Talent in Seattle-King County

New Unleashing the Power of Untapped Talent Program Launches

Seattle, Wash.- A creative new pilot has launched out of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County this fall—connecting adults and youth to career pathways. Partnerships throughout the local area make this project powerful, with three nonprofit service providers on the adult side—the Asian Counseling Referral Service, Pioneer Human Services, and the YWCA; as well as and three on the youth side—YouthCare, El Centro de la Raza, and IKRON.  The Workforce Development Council looks to achieve best practices to sustain this work. The lessons learned during the demonstration period will become the foundation for future work to lead a system change in serving youth and adults who deal with employment barriers, as well as inform how best to help transition individuals to self-sustainability.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County was awarded the 2016 “Trailblazer Award” from the National Association of Workforce Boards because of innovative approaches to addressing local employer and jobseeker needs. The Unleashing the Power of Untapped Talent initiative is one such trailblazing program. Braiding and blending federal, state and private funds, the project gives adults and youth opportunities to connect to not just a job, but a career pathway toward self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The program strategically addresses employer needs so participants are made ready for industry while providing integrated, wrap-around services so participants don’t just get the training and job readiness they need but are supported in the process. 

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org  | (206) 448-0474

5 Tips for Using the New Jobscan Tool for Résumés

The word is out! We're proud partners with Seattle-based Jobscan and WorkSource Seattle-King County staff are already using the tool with customers. 

Here are just a few tips on how to make the most of the resource--if you're a job seeker yourself, a staff person or career coach, or just curious! Special thanks to James Hu, CEO at Jobscan.co for this great info.

First of all... Why Resume Optimization Matters

Applicant tracking systems are only your enemy if you don’t know how they work. The more effectively you tailor your resume for a specific job, the better your chances are of getting an interview. Jobscan’s resume analysis tool helps you become an expert in crafting your resume for Applicant Tracking System (ATS). 

Jobscan is pleased to be a part of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County’s WorkSource services delivered to customers. 

1. Consider Word Count

A lot of people don’t realize that a cluttered resume containing too much extra information could actually cost them the job. Many ATS use something called signal-to-noise ratio. Signal-to-noise ratio is a comparison between relevant and irrelevant information. The more irrelevant information in your resume, the lower your resume will rank. 

With this in mind, always shoot for a shorter resume with less text. If you have less than 10 years experience, you should aim for a one-page resume. There are, however, exceptions like academia, which requires a curriculum vitae (CV) that can be more than one page. 

2. Use Measurable Results

Jobscan’s resume analysis tool can tell whether you have measurable results in your resume or not. Five or more measurable results are recommended.

Measurable Results

Measurable results are what set the great candidates apart from the good candidates. A good candidate might simply list their job duties below each job. A great candidate will describe their contributions to the company using percentages, dollar amounts and time periods.  

For example, “increased sales by 50 percent in 16 months” sounds a lot better than, “managed multiple accounts on a daily basis and worked to improve sales”. Most candidates can list what they did, but few list measurable accomplishments.

3. Shoot for an 80% or higher Match Rate

The resume match rate is a score, on a scale of 0 to 100 percent, of how well your resume matches up with the job description you selected. At Jobscan, we have found that a rate of 80% or higher is ideal. 

Match Rate

remium users have access to live scoring, which gives you suggestions for soft skills and hard skills to improve your rating as you make updates to your resume.

Your match rate is based on hard skills, education level, soft skills and other one-word keywords. 
Again, the more Jobscan learns about you, the better it can help you. Filling out your profile (located in the drop down menu) with information like your industry and position in the job search process, will give you more specific and specialized tips. 

My Profile

4. Include Skills/Keywords

Jobscan has a skills comparison function that uses the skills on your resume to compare against those in the job posting. Most ATS use keyword frequency as a factor in the way that they rank. 
Keep in mind, there is a fine line between using a keyword more than once and keyword stuffing--be sure to stay on the non-keyword-stuffing side of the line and wordsmith the skill naturally into a brief sentence.

When you scan your resume, Jobscan pulls out every skill from the job description and tries to match it with the skills in your resume. However, not every skill is as important as the next. Jobscan puts much more emphasis on hard skills, and so should you. Hiring managers and recruiters search for hard skills in ATS, such as “data analysis,” much more often than they do soft skills, such as “passion” or “verbal communication.

5. Take Advantage of Job Recommendations

When you scan your resume and a job posting using jobscan, a list of jobs related to either the job posting or your resume (your choice) will be automatically generated. These job opportunities come from Indeed.com. You might not even realize which jobs you are best-suited for until you take a look at the jobs recommended for you!


Don't forget... Utilize Your Scan History

Another great new feature to Jobscan is the scan history capability. Scan history saves your previous scans, allows you to star jobs you’re interested in, makes previous version of your resume and job descriptions available to you. Scan history makes a big difference in your job search by keeping different versions of your ATS-optimized resume on hand for easier tracking.

Each row of your scan history is grouped by a unique job description. You can “view related scans” or “hide related scans” to check out past scans for the same job. You can also record which jobs you ended up getting an interview for. 

Scan History

To access your scan history, locate the drop down menu on the upper right position of your home screen. About halfway down, you’ll see “Scan History”.

Scan History - 2

A successfully-tailored resume is the surest way of getting through ATS. Jobscan’s resume analysis tool is an easy and thorough way of creating the perfect tailored resume for every job. 

New Résumé Tool at WorkSource Locations, County-wide

Seattle-King County WorkSource Sites Equipped with New Resource, Free for Jobseekers

Seattle, Wash.- The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is pleased to announce that WorkSource sites throughout Seattle-King County serving jobseekers and employers, are now using “Jobscan”—a powerful new tool that assists jobseekers in their résumé-building process. Seattle-based start-up, Jobscan, has extended their “no-cost” offer of 50 free résumé scans to all of WorkSource’s qualifying customers. Staff at all WorkSource locations across King County are able to provide free Jobscan support to customers free of charge as well.

Applying to a job online almost always means that résumé screening software stands between the job seeker and an interview. A candidate needs to rank highly in recruiter keyword searches within resume screening software, also known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Jobscan's web tool helps job seekers' résumés rank higher in an ATS so that word choices do not stand between them and an opportunity to interview. Through Jobscan, jobseekers can also find out the number of times certain skills are mentioned so they can prioritize those skills on their résumé.

WorkSource is committed to helping jobseekers in their path to not just the next employment position, but on their journey towards a career they choose and are proud of. This new resource is all the more powerful in conversation with WorkSource employment specialists and job coaches.

Employment Specialist and Job Coach, Anne, comments: “As an employment specialist in the Seattle-King County WorkSource system, I reviewed countless resumes. My normal process was to manually underline or highlight keywords and compare those to the job description. It was very time consuming and heavily dependent on staff assistance. Jobscan takes away all the guess work, saves time for staff AND customers, allows a higher percentage of resumes to successfully pass through the ATS, and provides a more accurate result than a manual scan does.  In addition to the scan, I love that it gives job recommendations based on both your resume and the job description. I'm  a big fan of saving time. I'm a huge fan of Jobscan!”

Jobscan, based in Seattle, Washington, and is committed to building the best tools for job seekers. To learn more about Jobscan, please email marketing@jobscan.co for media contact. For more information about WorkSource sites and resources for both jobseekers and employers, visit www.worksourceskc.org.  

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
hmello@seakingwdc.org  | (206) 448-0474