Dislocated Worker Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a Dislocated Workers Program?
A Dislocated Worker Program helps you find work after a layoff. This program has three major components: career counseling, job training and job placement assistance.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who has been laid off or terminated and is eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
How do I sign up?
Call (612) 752-8400. The process for getting Dislocated Worker Program services begins with attending an orientation meeting. In turn, that leads to being assigned a counselor and the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your counselor.
Is there any cost to join?
There is no cost or fees. The program is funded with unemployment taxes paid by employers.
Can you help with training to get a new job?
Yes! We have funding available to help you upgrade your skills. Your counselor will meet with you and develop and approve a plan. The Dislocated Workers program is all about helping you find new work.
How can you help if I want to start my own business?
We provide seminars on how to start your own business. We also have many resources to refer you to. We cannot, however, provide any capital to help you start your new business.
I’m worried about getting a new job that paid as much as my old one. How can you help?
Our staff will help guide you to higher paying occupations. Your counselor will work with you to develop a marketing plan to optimize your wage potential.
Can I collect unemployment and still go to school?
Yes. The State of Minnesota waves the job search requirement if you are in a full time training program.
Are you the same as unemployment and job service?
We are actually separate programs. We do work as a team but we not issue unemployment benefits.
What are Support Services?
Money that is available beyond unemployment benefits for emergency expenses while you are out of work. This includes assistance with medical bills, transportation and housing.
What services do you offer?
- One-on-One Counseling
- Assessment of career interests, abilities and skills
- Career counseling
- Career exploration workshop
- Job Seeking Skills workshops
- Computer lab
- Resume assistance
- Office support including computer labs, fax machine, laser printing, telephones, copy machines
- Job Placement Assistance
- Job interview coaching
- Job leads
A New Job, a Better Job, a Whole New Career!
Disclaimer: The above has general guidelines and cannot be construed as a contract or promises made by Employment Action Center.
Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Greater Twin Cities Area of Minnesota