Q: How can I let people know about job openings at my company?
A: OhioMeansJobs.com is the state’s largest job search engine. All Ohio employers can post open positions to the site free of charge.
We also offer job posting services, and one of our Job Developers can consult with you one-on-one about your businesses needs and all the services that COWIC has to offer.
Q: What is the difference between COWIC and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County?
A: The Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) is the Workforce Development Investment Board for Franklin County and operator of the OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County Job Center. COWIC also funds and provides a variety of workforce programs and services.
Q: Where can I find assistance writing a job description?
A: Our Business Solutions team can assist you with writing an interesting and exciting job description using industry keywords and language to attract the right pool of job seekers.
Q: Is COWIC a staffing agency?
A: No, COWIC is the Workforce Development Investment Board for Franklin County, a non-profit organization that is a major funder of workforce development services and the hub for central Ohio’s workforce development system. While we do assist employers with filling seasonal or temporary positions, our business services are focused on assisting your company with permanent, long term employees.
Q: Is there a fee to work with COWIC?
A: No, our employment services are free to both job seekers and businesses.
Q: How can I get more information about the availability of workers, unemployment rates and business competition?
A: Our Business Solutions team can help you to assess employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings data and reports on the Ohio Labor Market Information website and disseminate how it relates to your business and industry. Or you can visit the page any time.
Q: How can my company participate in or plan a job expo?
A: Contact Jo Youngs, director of Business Solutions at 614-583-1333 or [email protected] for more information about job expos.
Q: My business is reducing staff. Is there a way to help those who will be affected?
A: Once notified of a closure or lay-off in central Ohio, our Rapid Response Team will go to the closing business offering information about unemployment compensation, resume development and job search assistance to make the transition less stressful. Contact Jo Youngs, director of Business Solutions at 614-583-1333 or [email protected] for more information.
Q: What’s the skill level and demographics of the job seekers in your database?
A: COWIC works with jobseekers with skill levels ranging from entry-level to professional. We also work with special populations of job seekers including: mature workers, veterans, job seekers with disabilities, and job seekers who speak English as a second language.
Q; How can I find qualified veterans to hire?
A: Our Veterans Employment Network (VEN) gives central Ohio veterans the opportunity to meet with local employers and develop resumes that translate their military skills into civilian language. To take part in this weekly networking group, interview attending veterans, or let veteran job seekers know about your open positions, contact Mike Simpkins at 614-559-5016 or [email protected].
Q: Where can I find networking opportunities with other businesses in my industry?
A: COWIC brings together businesses to discuss industry-specific issues including sector partnerships, employment barriers (transportation, training) and more. To be a part of our industry-specific networking opportunities, contact Jo Youngs, director of Business Solutions at 614-583-1333 or [email protected].