Wisconsin Tech Colleges

Find your next job candidate with Wisconsin TechConnect

By Erin Eagan

 

We are in the midst of a worker shortage in Wisconsin that will worsen as baby boomers retire and new jobs are created. No industry is immune to this worker shortage, with an unprecedented amount of positions going unfilled in health care, manufacturing, IT among others. And, as you know, the longer a job remains unfilled, the bigger the economic impact on your organization.
 
With the need for skilled workers on the rise, a growing concern for HR professionals is finding the right candidates — those who possess the necessary skills, experience, educational qualifications and credentials to be successful. In a 2016 SHRM case study on Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages, 51% of organizations cited a low number of applicants as a leading factor. Another 50% pointed to a lack of needed work experience among the candidates, while 49% cited candidates’ lack of technical skills.
 
A question you may continuously find yourself asking is: Where are all the qualified candidates? Since 1999, Wisconsin TechConnect has been helping to bridge the gap between employers and graduates. Wisconsin TechConnect is a free, statewide online employment connection where employers can post job openings and find Wisconsin technical college graduates to fill them. When employers post jobs on Wisconsin TechConnect, they are getting in front of students from all 16 technical colleges across the state. These are students who have had hands-on, specialized training and are qualified to do the work.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to www.wisconsintechconnect.com
  2. Click on the word “Register” and select “Employer”
  3. An employer posts a job opening, which can be viewed by all graduates and registered students
  4. That job posting is emailed directly to those students/alumni who match specific program/skills criteria and are registered for this service
  5. Once the position is posted, typically within three business days, the employer can login and review resumes that may be available for the job posting. Students may also apply directly to the employer.

Wisconsin TechConnect is also a place where technical college graduates and students seeking employment in a specific area can find you. Your job posting will be viewed by those looking for certain job requirements, who desire your job location and who want your job type (full-time, part-time, internship).
 
Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) has a long history of working with Wisconsin TechConnect to post for positions that require specific technical skills, like Medical Assistants. “I appreciate the ease of use and the ability to target program areas, not only in Madison, but throughout Wisconsin, with simply one posting,” said Karen Colwell, Human Resources Specialist for GHC-SCW. “We have a small HR department and I am the only one placing our ads. Wisconsin TechConnect is like a one-stop-shop, it really frees up my time.”
 
When you make a hire, you are investing in your future. So put your company in the position to hire the most qualified candidates. They’re out there looking for employment, and you’re in search of them. All that’s left is to make the connection.

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