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:
- Plan your job search
- Search for a job
- Write resumes and cover letters and fill out applications
- Create a career network
- Interview for a job and negotiate your salary
- State Job Banks - Search your state to locate job openings in your area.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Find information on educational requirements, growth rates, median pay, and more for hundreds of career fields.
- State, Regional, and Local Resources - Locate Department of Labor programs and services near you.
- Federal Government Employment - Learn how to get a job with the federal government using USAJOBS.
Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
- Learn about occupations to help you plan your future (for grades K-12).
- Find tips and information for teens about how to get a job.
- Watch videos about federal jobs.
- 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.
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.
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:
- Job scams and how to avoid them
- Work at home schemes to avoid
- If you were scammed, you can file a complaint online or call the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).