DISCLAIMER: Participation in the Rapid Re-Employment Response program is optional and will not impact your unemployment insurance benefits or enrollment.
Get the support you need to find a job in Marion County.
Our free and easy-to-use online tool connects you with a skilled recruiter who gets to know you. Through Rapid Re-Employment Response, you can get connected to career opportunities and resources based on your interests and skills.
Here’s How It Works In Three Easy Steps:
Create a login.
Answer a few short questions about yourself.
Get connected with a trusted expert to guide you in your job search.
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Are you An Employer Looking to Hire?
By joining the Rapid Re-employment Response, you will be connected to a pre-vetted pool of qualified candidates. Schedule a meeting with an Employer Representative to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Rapid Re-employment Response?
Rapid Re-employment Response is a free and easy-to-use job-search platform for all Indianapolis residents, but it’s also much more. After you create a login and answer a few questions, you will meet with a skilled recruiter who will get to know you and begin connecting you with potential jobs or training opportunities.
Do I have to pay to use the Rapid Re-employment Response?
No! The Ascend Network is a completely free online tool. You will never be asked to pay for anything.
Do I have to meet certain criteria to be eligible to use the Rapid Re-employment Response?
Anyone who lives or wants to work in Indianapolis/Marion County is eligible to use the Rapid Re-employment Response. In order to begin connecting with employers right away, you must also have a high school diploma (or equivalency) and have an updated resume. You will then be connected to our recruiters for personalized assistance in finding a job.
What if I don’t have a high school diploma (or equivalency) or an updated resume?
If you don’t have a high school diploma (or equivalency) or an updated resume, you will be connected with career readiness resources and/or opportunities to further your education to prepare for the job search. If you’re 18 to 24 years old, you will be directed to YES Indy, and if you’re over 24, you will be directed to WorkOne Indy or a community-based organization for career support.
When will I meet with a person one-on-one?
After you create a login, you’ll answer a few questions and then will be directed to the appropriate resource. If you are directed to YES Indy, WorkOne Indy or a community-based organization, you will need to reach out (via phone or email) to the organization to schedule a meeting. For those directed to continue on with the Rapid Re-employment Response, a representative will reach out to schedule a time to learn about your skills and interests and help you begin connecting with job opportunities. In either case, it may take a few days to hear back. If you live or want to work outside of Marion County, you will be connected to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s list of regional WorkOne locations.
What if I don’t feel comfortable having a meeting in-person?
Don’t worry! This tool is virtual, and your one-on-one meeting will be held via phone or video conference.
Do I have to be a certain age to use the online tool?
You must be at least 18 years old to use this online tool. If you are 18 to 24 years old and do not have a high school diploma (or equivalency) and updated resume, you will be directed to YES Indy. From there, you can further your education and receive resources to help you prepare for the job search.
Can this tool help me apply for or access unemployment insurance?
The Rapid Re-employment Response is focused on connecting you to job-search and job-placement resources. We do not have the ability to access any information on unemployment insurance benefits. This information can be found on an UpLink account after you have filed for unemployment insurance, or at unemployment.in.gov.
I’m from a community-based organization and would like to help my clients access these resources. How can I direct them?
I need technical assistance. How can I receive help?
If you require technical assistance, please email email@example.com. You should hear from someone within 24 hours between Monday-Friday.
Regional Workforce PartnersHip
The Rapid Re-Employment Response plan is a coordinated effort by the Regional Workforce Partnership (RWP) comprised of nonprofits, employers, state agencies, and community organizations. At the request of Mayor Joe Hogsett, the RWP has turned its collaborative efforts toward a unified plan to assist residents of Indianapolis in getting back to work as quickly as possible.
TIF Training Grants
The funding for TIF Training Grants comes from the NextLevel Jobs program, overseen by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. These grantees are reimbursed for their work to hire, train, and retain Indianapolis workers. It removes the financial barriers that many employers face during the hiring process and allows them to provide opportunities for growth and employee success throughout the training process.
Story of Impact
Increasing Employer and Workforce Engagement
The vision behind NextLevel Jobs stems from the need to engage the current workforce and provide individuals with opportunities to grow within their company. In order to receive reimbursement for hiring and training, the employee must stay on for at minimum six months.