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!


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

New Free, Open Access App for Work Opportunity Data

Interactive resource launched for industry and job market information

Seattle, Wash.- The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is pleased to release an interactive, open access resource for community members in Seattle-King County, including job seekers, career counselors, researchers, students or potential students, employers, educators, the press and more. The application can be accessed via seakingwdc.org/talent-pipeline-app.   

This new, web-based application offers easy to use dropdown queries that quickly result in providing clear data on industry-specific information related to job opportunities in Seattle-King County specifically. Users are able to cross reference information by wage, education level required, occupation, and industry. This new app will allow users to search for specific occupations in high demand, access wage data for those jobs. 

The application is self-serve, and can help users identify surpluses and shortages for occupations in a variety of industries and industry clusters. Career counselors will benefit from helping individuals walk through what opportunities exist and what education or training is required. A regional map shows where programs are located in local educational institutions like training providers, community colleges and more, so users can take the next step in their career pathway. Employers can see where talent is coming from regionally as well.

“We are confident this new tool will be valuable for employers, educators, and those seeking long-term, living-wage jobs in King County,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

Attend one of two “Resource Showcase” virtual events on Tuesday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00pm or Wednesday, November 2 from 1:30-2:30pm. Register via Eventbrite, here

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

Funding Awarded for Re-entry Pathways for Incarcerated

$500,000 to connect current and formally incarcerated with work opportunity and access

Seattle, Wash.The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is honored to accept an award of $500,000 from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to support employment opportunity access for persons having been involved in the criminal justice system throughout Seattle-King County. The WDC is one of ten recipients nationwide in an effort to improve re-entry outcomes for community members returning home from confinement. 

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez commented regarding the grant’s announcement: “Why wait for inmates to be released before giving them support they need to re-enter the workforce? (I’m) proud to live in a nation of second chances.”

This Workforce Integration Project will establish a One-Stop American Job Center site, known locally as WorkSource, in the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent which is a part of the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Partnerships with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, King County, and South Seattle College will make this great work possible. The project will establish a coordinated system of re-entry pathways designed to help persons reconnect to employment and education opportunities, as well as access the wrap-around services needed to be successful community members and reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Executive Dow Constantine comments: “King County is committed to reducing recidivism and creating employment pathways for people who need a second chance. As part of our commitment to equity and social justice, we support the progressive efforts of local organizations and justice leaders as they foster the potential of all people and build stronger, safer communities.”

“This partnership will build upon our region’s robust employment system,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “With this project, we hope to lead systemic change efforts in serving adults who face barriers to employment and self-sufficiency after incarceration.”

“This support from the Department of Labor will allow us to advance our mission of making sure past offenders have the tools, education and support to find good jobs as they transition back into their communities,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said.  “We look forward to working closely with our partners in providing these citizens with the opportunities they deserve to achieve stability and success.”

Pamela Banks, CEO of the Urban League, remarks: “This grant in partnership with the Workforce Development Council and partners furthers the Urban League’s mission of empowering communities to thrive by securing educational and economic opportunities. We are honored to engage in this work of supporting our residents’ self-sufficiency upon returning to their community and families.” 

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