10 Free Government Resources for the Unemployed
The Department of Labor, as well as many state, local and community agencies, all provide valuable free resources to job seekers. Here are 10 to check out.
1. Career One Stop
Career One Stop is a government resource for learning how to write a resume, cover letter or thank you letter. The site also provides tips on interviewing and negotiating your salary.
2. National Job Bank
National Job Bank is a U.S. job bank that can be searched by occupation and location.
3. My Skills My Future
My Skills My Future helps job seekers find job opportunities based on previous job titles and job skills. The tool provides an overview of different occupations, salary ranges and information on the number of jobs that match a given title.
4. Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information on what specific jobs entail, the training and education needed for particular jobs, as well as earnings and expected job prospects.
5. Employment & Training Administration
Employment & Training Administration provides information on job training, worker dislocation programs and grants given to state agencies. The site also offers free online assessments.
2-1-1 helps people find local assistance with training, employment, food pantries, affordable housing and support groups.
7. National Career Centers Directory
The government operates National Career Centers in all 50 states and offers job seekers training referrals, career counseling and job listings.
Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. Government and informs citizens of government benefits they may be eligible for while unemployed.
9. Worker Re-Employment
Worker Re-Employment explains how to apply for unemployment insurance and suggests government resources for people who need help with child care, groceries and other necessities. You can find your local unemployment office here.
10. Local libraries
Many local libraries throughout the country are offering free job search assistance via seminars, webinars, workshops, and one-on-one career coaching. In addition, many have subscriptions to proprietary databases of company information that can be useful in a job search.
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