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Career Advisor

Date Posted:  Oct 14, 2021
Requisition ID:  263307

Hammond, IN, US, 46320


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):   

Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth. 


Salary and Work Location: 

This role is typically filled with a starting salary of $30,082.  This position is located in Hammond.


About the Job:

As the Career Advisor, you will provide WorkOne program expertise to clients and co-workers. You will perform case management activities for clients interested in career counseling services and job training programs.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 


  • Gather and appraise background information on clients concerning work history, activities, goals, adjustment problems, and physical abilities and limitations
  • Develop vocational aid plans which include recommending continued counseling and/or training programs in order to provide best vocational alternatives
  • Recommend assessment instruments when appropriate, and administer and interpret aptitude, interest and skills tests
  • Explain services available from other public assistance agencies within the community and make referrals when appropriate
  • Assist clients with job searching and resume building activities
  • Maintain contact with clients in order to assist them with employment related issues
  • Formulate employability plans with clients that may include training or other interventions leading to the employment objective
  • Speak at community groups about the series provided by DWD
  • Advise clients on the status and coordinate resolution of issues related to various income support programs associated with job training programs
  • Advise veterans as to legal rights, benefits included in the G.I. Bill, home loans, educational benefits, life insurance, hospital care, vocational rehabilitation, and other veterans organizations


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

Education and Work Experience

  • The ideal candidate in this position should minimally have a High School Diploma or HSE (High School Equivelancy) and two years of Customer Service experience or some classes in high education.



  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and resolve complex problems and escalate as necessary
  • Evidence of strong leadership capabilities or previous supervisory experience
  • Ability to manage relationships, motivate and assist customers at various levels


Technical Proficiency

  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Demonstrated Microsoft Programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook preferred.
  • Ability to utilize State’s current client services program.
  • Ability to utilize the internet for research into labor market information, veteran programs, services and social media (Example LinkedIn).

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 
  • DWD GOAL (Go Out and Learn) Tuition Assistance Program - Eligible employees have access to up to $5,000 in tuition assistance per fiscal year 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Gary
Nearest Secondary Market: Chicago