Rapid Response Information Sheet


The Division of Career Services, Rapid Response Team provides statewide, early intervention re-employment services at no cost to companies and their employees affected by layoffs and closings.  Mandated and funded by the Workforce Investment Act, our quality, on-site outplacement services provide an effective and smooth transition to new employment for all affected employees. (Click here to link to Rapid Response Web information.)


While you may not be able to change the business conditions that make layoffs necessary, calling the Rapid Response Team can reduce the cost of layoffs for you and your employees.  In working with Rapid Response you can expect:

 Rapid Response Services


Meet and Plan with Your Company

When the Rapid Response Team becomes aware of a layoff or closing, we contact company officials to arrange a meeting to establish a good working relationship, to inform you of the available services, and to plan for implementation of those services at your organization.  Responding to the results of our concise company survey and the needs of the company, we will make every effort to schedule meetings and our on-site services in a manner that will be most convenient with your daily operations.


Conduct Employee Information and Orientation Session

After establishing your company schedule of reemployment services, we meet with your employees:


Provide On-Site Individual Counseling

Based, in part, by the information gathered during the employee survey, our team will meet with each employee to discuss his or her needs and to formulate a customized plan of action.  These confidential, individual sessions allow your employees to discuss matters that they may not be comfortable discussing in a group. 


Conduct Job Search Workshops

The Rapid Response Team offers a variety of optional job search workshops.  These workshops are tailored to meet the individual needs of your employees.


Develop Job Leads and Provide Job Placement Services

The Rapid Response Team markets the dislocated worker program to companies in your area and/or industry, and often brings current job leads to the employee meeting to see if there are qualified candidates interested in the positions.  As part of the process, resumes are collected and submitted to the appropriate job leads.  We contact and meet with businesses that are hiring in order to meet our objective of placing employees in new positions before they are laid off.