Are you in an employment crisis? Or maybe you’re just looking to go deeper into this topic? There are many free and low-cost resources available to help you.
Here are a few:
Just as you would call 9-1-1 in an emergency, you can call 2-1-1 (
www.211.org) from anywhere in North America using your phone or computer to speak to a specialist in your community who can help you find a variety of free services including:
- Disaster and emergency help
- Housing and food assistance
- Employment and education opportunities
- Help starting a business
- Help for special groups such as veterans and victims of domestic abuse
Online Job Search Resources
Long gone are the days of poring over “Help Wanted” ads in the newspaper. The U.S. Department of Labor and other agencies have websites to help you focus your job choices.
- AmericanJobCenter connects you to a variety of online sources for finding a job and helps you identify training programs or necessary skills for certain careers.
- CareerOneStop helps you identify careers matching your skill set, research industries and statistics in your field and find training. It also connects you with state, federal and private sector job banks.
- MySkillsMyFuture gives you a way to bridge your current skills to a new career and helps you look for jobs in a particular region.
- O*NET Online lets you explore careers, assess necessary education or training, and analyze the outlooks for many different jobs.
- USAJobs lets you post your resume and find out about federal government jobs available in the U.S. and abroad.
On occasion, you need to understand labor laws. Here are a few sites to bookmark in case you need to look up employer practices.
Help with Employment Issues
Needing help with an employment issue? Try these sites for information.
Social Security Administration
Look up your projected Social Security earnings and research how to start taking Social Security benefits at
American Job Center
Find job search tools and services at
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Visit the BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbook at
www.bls.gov/oco/ for information on fastest-growing careers and job sectors.
O*Net Online Career Resource Center
Access the career and job database at
Research post-secondary options and career search tools at
Small Business Administration
Find resources for starting your own business at