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Learn how and where to search for employment.

Look for a Job

Finding and getting a job can be a challenging process. Knowing more about job search methods and application techniques can help.

Resources to Help You Find and Get a Job

CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor offers information that can help you:

Other resources:

Jobs for Teens and Young Adults

 There’s a special section on support for young people who:

  • Struggle with addiction

  • Have a criminal record

  • Have children

  • Need help with housing

  • Face other challenges

  • Learn about Job Corps, a free educational and vocational training program. It 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) offers job training for older Americans. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.

If you're an older worker looking for a job, CareerOneStop offers tips that may help.

Jobs for Laid-off Workers

If you have recently lost your job, visit CareerOneStop's Worker ReEmployment section. It has information on job searching, benefits, and training options after a layoff.

Job Information and Resources for Women

Find information 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
  • Hiring women in construction

Avoid Job Scams

While some companies 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

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:

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's 10 Steps to Start Your Business includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.

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.

Jobs and Training for Veterans

The government offers many programs to help vets find and keep civilian jobs.

Job and Training Resources for Military and Veterans

These programs and websites can help you explore careers, find training, and find jobs.

  • Assess your job skills and see how they apply to civilian jobs

  • Learn about education and training options like certifications, apprenticeships, and licensing

  • Build your job-search skills

  • Find government benefits including unemployment compensation for ex-service members

  • Find work as a vet with a service-connected disability 

  • Get educational and career counseling

  • Start or grow your own business

  • Find Department of Labor resources for vets and military spouses

  • Job accommodations

  • Job-seeking skills coaching

  • Career counseling

  • Starting your own business

  • Independent living services for vets with severe disabilities

  • Veterans.gov from the Department of Labor connects to information on:

  • Federal government hiring for vets

  • Careers with the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Homeland Security

  • Employment resources by state

  • Interstate occupational license recognition options for military spouses. Learn what it will take to get licensed in your new state when you transfer.

Find Federal Jobs for Veterans

These government websites can help vets find federal jobs.

  • The federal hiring process

  • How veterans preference works to give vets the advantage over other applicants

  • Special hiring authorities for veterans

  • VA for Vets has virtual job boards for Department of Veterans Affairs, federal, and civilian openings.

If you plan to go to college or a vocational school, learn about your educational benefits.

Job Help for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and you’re looking for work, these resources can help.

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Develop Your Work and Job-Seeking Skills

Help for Young Workers

Help for Veterans

Learn Your Rights

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

Based on your skills, circumstances, and the job that you plan to do, you may be able to come to the U.S. as either a:

  • Temporary or permanent foreign worker, or 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.

Get a Work Visa

As a foreign worker, you will need a visa to get a job in the U.S. Each type of visa has unique requirements, conditions, and time limits.

Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) Working in the U.S. web page for an overview of each worker category and type of visa.

Use the Department of State’s visa wizard to find:

  • The visa you need

  • The application process

  • Fees

  • Estimated wait time for a visa interview

Your Rights and Protections as a Temporary Foreign Worker

  • 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. You could be deported, arrested, or denied re-entry into the U.S.

  • If you think you or someone you know is being brought to the U.S. for 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: August 16, 2019

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