Laid off From Retail?

Move Out of Retail

Were you impacted by a retail store closure like Shopko, Toys"R"Us or Boston Store? We're hosting a transferable skills workshop and an interviewing event in partnership with the WorkSmart Network and Wisconsin Job Service to help workers affected by retail closures. Even if you've since secured employment, you can attend to learn how you can start a new career.

jobUP: How Your Retail Skills Transfer to Other Industries

Learn how your retail skills - like customer service, management and multitasking - transfer to other industries like healthcare and IT. You can either register to attend in-person or receive a link to the video recording.

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Interview Insider

The interviewing event, Interview Insider, offers you a chance to learn about available careers that fit your skills directly from local companies. You have the opportunity to interview with Exact Sciences and UW Health and meet with WorkSmart Network career planners to build and edit resumes, prepare for interviews and job fairs, and receive labor market information. A representative from Covering Wisconsin will also be available to provide information on healthcare options.

Up to five paid internships may be awarded to eligible attendees.


jobUP: How Your Retail Skills Transfer to Other Industries
July 29 | 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
3513 Anderson Street, Suite 104 | Madison

View map for location and parking information.

Interview Insider
August 22 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
StartingBlock Madison
821 East Washington Avenue, Second Floor | Madison

A parking ramp (South Livingston Street Garage) is located one block southwest of StartingBlock on South Livingston Street.

How WorkSmart Can Help

You can meet with a WorkSmart Network career planner before Interview Insider to:

  • Explore careers
  • Get connected to trainings and other local resources
  • Receive a gift card to cover transportation

See more on how the WorkSmart Network can help you meet your career goals.

  • One-on-One with WorkSmart

    You can sign up for a one-on-one with WorkSmart before Interview Insider to receive assistance with resumes and interview preparation. Available dates are listed in white.

    If you aren’t available during these times, please contact Erin Bechen at gro.wcsbdwnull@nehcebe.

  • Contact Us

    If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin Bechen, WDBSCW Business Engagement Specialist, at gro.wcsbdwnull@nehcebe. We serve the counties of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson and Sauk.