As a job seeker, when you are clear about how your skills fit into the job market, your confidence in your ability to get and keep a job and career increases. That confidence will carry over into the whole job search process including your interviews. Employers can sense and are attracted to applicants who show self-confidence. In this highly competitive job market, you need to take advantage of every opportunity that gives an edge above the rest. Alaska’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a nationally recognized credential which can give you that edge.
Alaskan employers, unions, and postsecondary institutions like Blood Bank of Alaska, Plumbers and Pipefitters and AVTEC are utilizing the NCRC and WorkKeys scores in their recruitment and selection processes now. You can view a complete list of organizations that Recognize, Request and Require the credential.
To earn an NCRC, you must take three WorkKeys assessments: Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics and score at skill Level 3 or higher. WorkKeys assessments are available in all Alaska Job Centers to job seekers FREE of charge. The assessments are proctored in testing centers and capacity may be limited. Contact your local job center for further information and a listing of their upcoming scheduled test dates.
Not sure if you are ready to take the assessments? Take a pre-test and access thousands of practice lessons with the free instructional curriculum called available at the nearest job center. Ask job center staff how to obtain a username and password, and LOGIN to begin! For more information, go to KeyTrain.
After you have received your National Career Readiness Certificate, it’s time to maximize your Certificate for the career that is the right fit for YOU!
Once you receive your WorkKeys scores, you can use them to search the WorkKeys occupational profiles database to find careers that match your skills. Go to Search Jobs By Skills!