When Manuel Guerra's wife graduated in California, the couple decided to relocate to Oregon. Manuel was familiar with California's one-stop workforce development system, so he got on the Internet and found WorkSource Oregon's resources.
Oregon's workforce development system provides a lot of information online so people can find WorkSource Oregon Centers and partner services 24/7. A WorkSource Oregon site links people to Oregon's workforce development network and its resources. Another site, Working-In-Oregon, features Oregon's award-winning online job matching tool - iMatchSkills. Workforce and economic information, including geographic data that can help with relocation decisions, is available on the Oregon Labor Market Information System site (OLMIS).
The online resources helped Manuel find information about the area, WorkSource Oregon Centers, job opportunities and the labor market while still in California. He started his work search before the move by entering his skills and abilities in the iMatchSkills job matching site.
"So when I got here, it made it really easy," said Manuel. "Excellent program, I'm use to using the one in California, Cal Jobs, but this is far better. I'm really happy with this one."
Once Manuel and his wife arrived in the Willamette Valley, he met with staff in WorkSource Oregon Centers located in Oregon City, Salem, and finally Woodburn. He was able to fine tune his résumé and iMatchSkills information, find information about job opportunities, and was soon matched to an employment specialist position.
"It was a good support group of people that helped me with this transition. It's difficult to move from one state to another - when you're thinking it's a crazy move - but meeting the folks at the offices made it all worthwhile. It put me at ease, Manuel said. "I give WorkSource Oregon a ten. I'm really happy. I've been here two and a half months and I wasn't expecting to find employment as quickly as I did. The help I got was excellent."
What advise would Manuel offer the job seekers with whom he now works?
"I'd recommend WorkSource Oregon to anybody. I noticed a portion of the Web site was done in Spanish, and I will promote that to my clients so they can look for work from home or on their own."
Visit http://www.worksourceoregon.org/, http://www.workinginoregon.org/, and http://www.qualityinfo.org/ to get connected to Oregon's workforce development resources.