Have you been sending out resume after resume with no luck?
One group in Iowa is trying to give some unemployed people an edge over the competition, which is especially stiff in Lee County.
The Iowa Workforce Development is teaming up with over 100 businesses in Lee County to use their National Career Readiness Certificate to help filter through job applicants.
Wendy Petersen is among a large sector, over 9 percent, of Lee County's population that is unemployed.
Petersen said she's been on the hunt for her next paycheck.
"I have been looking for about the past six months and sending out resumes, lots of resumes," said Petersen.
After a fruitless search for employment Petersen was encouraged by staff at The Iowa Workforce Development to take the National Career Readiness Test.
William Stuflick of the Iowa Workforce Development said people who take the test earn a certificate that outlines the person's skills.
"It's just a pre-screening tool. It's again free to the business so they might have had some testing they were doing on their own that costs them some money where this is free to the business, free to the participant" said Stuflick.
The exam tests people on math, reading and locating information and rates participants using a gold, silver or bronze rating on those skills.
Stuflick said they worked in conjunction with local businesses to develop the certificate to help companies like Siemens and Fort Madison Community Hospital in their hiring process.
"We've listened to businesses. We've had industry sector meetings where we invited health care and retail sales to ask them what skills they're looking for potential employees," said Stuflick.
Petersen said she hopes the certificate gives her an edge over the competition.
"I think they think I maybe take it a little more serious than just the average person just applying for a job," said Petersen.
If you would like more information about the certificate you should call the Iowa Workforce Development Center at (319) 753-5181.
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