Finding and getting a job can be a challenging process, but knowing more about job search methods and application techniques may increase your chances of success. CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor offers information that can help you:
Get help entering the job market. If you’re age 16 to 24 and need help finishing school, exploring career options, finding training, or searching and applying for jobs, GetMyFuture is for you. There’s a special section on support for young people who struggle with addiction, have a criminal record, have children, need help with housing, or face other challenges.
Learn about Job Corps, a free educational and vocational training program that helps low income people ages 16 through 24 learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED, and get help finding a job.
Jobs for Older Workers
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.
If you are an older worker looking for a job, here are some tips to help you focus employers on the positive aspects of hiring an older worker.
Jobs for Laid-off Workers
If you have recently lost your job, visit CareerOneStop's Worker ReEmployment section for information and resources on job searching, benefits, and training options after a layoff.
The Resources page has information about equal pay, pregnancy and breastfeeding, paid leave, women of color, and more.
The Working Women’s Clearinghouse offers federal government resources, tools, and publications to help if you’re looking for a job, trying to advance in your career, dealing with workplace issues, or planning for retirement.
While some companies honestly want to help you find a job, others are more interested in taking your money. Learn how to recognize scams and file a complaint:
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and related instruction to give you skills to advance in your chosen field.
Apprentice programs vary in length from one to six years. During that time, as an apprentice, you'll work and learn as an employee. When you complete a registered program, you will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Department of Labor (DOL) as proof of your qualifications.
If you’re a woman looking for an apprenticeship in the field of construction, transportation, or protective services, check out the Women Build, Protect & Move America portal. You’ll find resources for local and nationwide apprenticeships as well as information about the different jobs in each field, professional trade organizations, and your rights on the job.
Are you thinking about basing your business out of your home? The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a guide for home-based businesses. This includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.
VA.gov for resources to help you explore careers, find a job, or start your own business
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program for help with job training, employment accommodations, job-seeking skills coaching and individualized career counseling. This program also provides help for veterans who want to start their own businesses and for severely disabled vets who need assistance with independent living services.
Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and you’re looking for work, these resources can help:
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The Ticket to Work program helps 18-to-64-year-old Social Security disability recipients develop job skills to get to a higher standard of living. The program is supportive, free, and voluntary.
The AbilityOne.gov program provides employment opportunities with nonprofit agencies and community rehabilitation programs across the country for people who are blind or who have other significant disabilities.
Based on your skills, circumstances, and the job that you intend to do, you may be able to come to the U.S. as a temporary or permanent foreign worker or as a temporary visitor for business. Under certain circumstances, you may also be able to work in the U.S. if you’re a foreign student or an exchange visitor.
As a foreign worker, you will need a visa to be employed in the U.S. Each type of visa has unique requirements, conditions, and time limits.
Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Working in the U.S. website for an overview of each worker category and type of visa.
As a temporary foreign worker in the U.S., you will not be denied a visa or be punished by the U.S. government because you have exercised your rights under U.S. laws. Learn your rights and protections.
If you violate the terms of your work visa, it could be revoked and you could be removed from the U.S. (deported), arrested, or denied reentry into the U.S.
If you suspect you or someone you know is being brought to the U.S. for the purpose of human trafficking, get help now.