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.
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.
Disability Online develops and implements workforce disability policy and program initiatives.
The Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The program is free and voluntary.
CareerOneStop.org provides information and assistance to help individuals, including people with disabilities, find jobs.
Check with your State Vocational Rehabilitation Services. These offices provide a variety of job services for people with disabilities, including employment counseling, evaluations, training, and placement.
The AbilityOne.gov program provides employment opportunities for people who are blind, or who have other significant disabilities, with nonprofit agencies and community rehabilitation programs across the country.
Visit the Disability Employment section of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website. It provides information on the Federal government hiring processes, how to conduct a job search and reasonable accommodation to qualified employees with disabilities.
By law, you must only employ individuals who have permission to work in the U.S. The online E-verify system allows companies to determine the eligibility of potential employees. If you have questions, contact the appropriate E-Verify program support line.
Companies are required to get certified and meet certain conditions for hiring foreign workers. Worksite enforcement investigations are performed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to protect national security and to look for employers who violate employment laws or engage in abuse or exploitation of workers.
If you want to start your own home-based business, the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a guide for home-based businesses. This guide includes start-up resources, tax information, and information about buying a home-based franchise.