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Look for a Job

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:

Other resources:

Jobs for Teens and Young Adults

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.

Job Information and Resources for Women

Women can find information specifically about and for women in the workforce at the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau.

  • 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.

Job Scams

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:

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Apprenticeships

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.

For more information:

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Self-Employment and Working from Home

You are self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession either by yourself or with a partner.

Find out the basics of self-employment to help you succeed in the small business world:

Work from Home

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 start-up resources, tax information, and tips on buying a home-based franchise.

Home Office Deduction

If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a home office tax deduction.

Work-at-Home Scams

Learn what to watch out for to avoid work-at-home scams. In one common scam, you may be tricked into paying to start your own internet business. These scammers will keep asking you to send money for more services related to this fake business opportunity. To file a complaint about a scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Federal Government Telework Guidelines

If you’re a federal employee looking for information on teleworking, visit www.telework.gov.

Note: The federal government never charges a fee for information about, or applications for, government jobs. You can search and apply for federal government jobs for free at USAJOBS.

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Employment and Job Training for Veterans

If you are a current or former U.S. servicemember looking for a civilian job, visit:

  • CareerOneStop's Veterans ReEmployment for information and resources about your job search, benefits, training opportunities, and more
  • Vets.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.

For federal employment, visit:

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Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and are looking for a job, these resources can help:

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Getting a Job in the U.S. as a Foreign Worker

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.

Work Visas

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.

Your Rights and Protections

  • 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.

Immigration Questions

If you’re in the U.S. and have questions about visas and immigration, contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center. If you’re in another country, contact your nearest international immigration office.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2017

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