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Alaska Career Ready is for employers!

  • Alaska Employer Use of WorkKeys/NCRC (PDF, October 28, 2011)

  • Alaska Career Ready and WorkKeys Job Profiling (PowerPoint - June 9, 2011)

  • WorkKeys Job Profiling (PDF 2-page Flyer - June 9, 2011)

  • National Info on Employer Use of WorkKeys/NCRC/Career Ready 101 (ACT Website)

  • List of Alaska Employers Using WorkKeys and NCRC (Dec. 31, 2010) (72 KB PDF)

  • WorkKeys Job Profiling Powerpoint (2.2 MB)

  • Employer Letter and Hiring Brochure (Mailed to over 18,000 Alaska employers in 2010)

  • ACT's Employer Handbook for the NCRC (June 2010)

  • The Construction Carpenter: Trends, Tasks, and Skills (article by ACT published in Construction Executive Magazine)

  • Jump Start - IQ Quarterly Magazine Winter 2011 Feature Article

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    Help take the guesswork out of hiring by using this new employee credentialing program available through the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

    Alaska Career Ready can help you:

    • reduce employee turnover
    • reduce employee training costs
    • save hiring time and money, increasing productivity and profitability.
    You can use Alaska Career Ready to supplement or replace your current employee assessments! And you can use it as a tool to build the skills of current employees and evaluate them for promotion or further training opportunities!

    Alaska Career Ready tests three main foundational academic job skills -- Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. It will help you identify which job applicants have the most potential. Alaska Career Ready job seekers arrive with a nationally-recognized credential that shows you what they can do.

    Hire the right person, the first time. Use Alaska Career Ready to help you make better hiring and promotion decisions and to reduce your employee turnover and training costs.

    Recognize, Request and Require!
    The 3 Rs have a whole new meaning!

    Recognize the Alaska Career Ready Credential (National Career Readiness Certificate -- NCRC) when attached to a resume or presented by a job seeker, as proof that the applicant has foundational job skills in the areas of reading for information, locating information, and applied mathematics.

    Request the NCRC from job applicants and refer those who do not have a credential to their local Alaska Job Center for an assessment.

    Require that candidates for your job have an NCRC or use it to evaluate employees for promotion.

    The Credential and The Assessments

    The NCRC is a personalized certificate issued by the ACT company.

    To earn the credential, a job seeker must take three assessments – Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. These assessments are different than most others; they test the work skills required for more than 90 percent of all jobs today:

    1.  Applied Mathematics — Measures workplace mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to multiple math functions like calculating percentage discounts and markups.
    2.  Reading for Information — Measures reading comprehension and reasoning skills when using written text on the job including memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations.
    3.  Locating Information — Measures comprehension and application of workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.

    The Assessments are developed by ACT®, the national testing company best known for the ACT college admissions test, and are proctored, so you can be confident in the results.

    Thousands of companies worldwide use WorkKeys. WorkKeys uses the same scale to score tests and measure job skills, so you can make quick comparisons between a person's skill levels and the job requirements.

    To view or download a description of WorkKeys skills by level

    For information from ACT on how you can use WorkKeys

    For more detailed information about the NCRC, follow this link:  National Career Readiness Certificate.

    Have a hard to fill job … a high turnover job? Job profiling could be a solution.

    Alaska Career Ready offers a solution to help employers identify the skills and skill levels needed for a specific job – job profiling.

    Job profiling includes collecting job task information from the company, interviews and focus groups with employees and managers, on-the-job observation of employees at work, and review and analysis of national job data. The result is a detailed, customized report listing all job-related tasks, key skills and corresponding skill levels required for a specific job. Job profiles are Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) compliant and in more than 15 years have never been legally challenged.

    By comparing job profile information with the scores earned by a Alaska Career Ready credential, employers can make more effective decisions about hiring, training and promotion.

    For more information about job profiling, contact Laurie Fuglvog at the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, 907-465-5926 or

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Contact Shari Paul at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development or 907-465-6535

Contact Kim Kolvig at the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development or 907-465-

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