How is the SW MN PIC connected to the WorkForce Center?
The SW MN PIC is a non-profit dedicated to assisting the communities of Southwestern Minnesota. The government has contracted us to offer workforce services to our 14 county area.
Can you help me find a job?
- Yes! Our job is to help you find a job. WorkForce Center Staff are available every weekday to answer questions and provide technical assistance pertaining to employment/training issues.
- Please see the Contact Us page to find your nearest Workforce Center.
- To start looking right now, please see our Get Jobs page.
What services are offered for job seekers?
The following comprehensive services are provided by the SW MN PIC and partners in the WorkForce Center. We also serve as a one-stop resource for seeking education, training, and finding community resources for needs such as transportation, housing and childcare.
- Free computer use
- Job listings
- Internet access
- Labor market information
- Resume writing assistance
- Free fax service
- Job search workshops
- Job placement services
- Community resource information
- Adult education and literacy programs
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Senior employment assistance
- Post-secondary education
- Trade Adjustment Act
- Veterans employment and training programs
- Community-based agency assistance
- Unemployment insurance
- Assessment of skills
- Assistance with layoffs
- ADA compliance and accommodation information
And more…just ask!
Can you make a resume for me?
We can help you learn how to make one. There are resume templates available on the lobby computers. If you are not comfortable using the template and would like more guidance, you can sign-up for a Resume Workshop, take our resume workshop listed under the “Workshops” section listed above, or schedule an individual appointment with an Employment Specialist.
Do you have workshops I can attend?
Who can use the services at the WorkForce Center?
The Workforce Center is open to anyone, regardless of nationality, who is looking for employment, and any businesses needing assistance with hiring, retention, labor laws, etc. However, for specialized services, such as tuition assistance or work experiences, certain eligibility requirements must be met and preference is given to residents of Southwest Minnesota.
What do I do if I have a criminal history and need to find a job?
People who have been involved in the criminal justice system may face specific barriers returning to the workforce. There is help! You can obtain assistance with applications and interviewing from our resource area by utilizing books, videos, or you can make an individual appointment with one of our employment counselors. Also you could try contact Legal Aid Online to see if your criminal record can be sealed.
I am a senior citizen and need to work. How do I find a job?
At the WorkForce Center, we work with people of all ages and experience levels to find jobs. Or you may contact an Experience Works representative who may offer additional resources. The local contact person can be found by calling your local WorkForce Center.
How do I apply for Unemployment?
All claims must be filed online or by telephone through the state, either through the web (www.uimn.org) or by dialing 1-877-898-9090.
What is the difference between disability and workers’ compensation?
Disability is for off-the-job injuries or illnesses, while workers’ compensation covers on-the-job injuries or illnesses. Information on Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation Program is available at www.doli.state.mn.us/workcomp.asp and information on Social Security Disability can be found at www.ssa.gov/disability.
Can my employer terminate me for no “valid” reason?
Yes. Minnesota is an employment-at-will state. The employment-at-will doctrine is a judicially created common-law rule that states employment is for an indefinite term and is presumed to be at will. Contact the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at www.eeoc.gov or in Minnesota contact the Minneapolis Area Office at 1-800-669-4000 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Who do I contact if I don’t think my employer is paying me fair wages or I feel that I have not been compensated for my time?
The Department of Labor enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act which sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. For additional information or assistance, visit their website at www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages/index.htm or call the Labor Board at 1-800-342-5354.
How do I file a complaint if I feel that I have been a victim of discrimination or harassment?
If you feel that you are a victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment, you may visit the Minnesota Department of Human Rights website at www.humanrights.state.mn.us/intake/index.html to file a complaint.
Where can I learn more about the basics of WIA (the Workforce Investment Act)?
We have created a basic, 15 page powerpoint that walks you through WIA 101, including definitions of major terms and themes. View it here.