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  • Some steps to get started

    A well-organized plan for obtaining the position you want is imperative. The more effort you expend, the better the results.

    Make the most of your search by setting daily goals that will progress you to the desired result. Your plan should include these steps:

    • Assess your talents and interests.
    • Research information about your target industry and associated organizations.
    • List the qualifications you already possess and identify any skill gaps.
    • If necessary, create a plan for bridging skill gaps and/or acquiring new skills.
    • Create all necessary job search documents. This includes a resume and/or job application worksheet and a reference list. Also collect the documents you will need should you be hired:
      • Your social security card
      • Driver's license
      • DD-214 or other veteran documents
      • Alien registration card or other documents that shows you are authorized to work in the United States
      • Any industry certifications and/or licenses you may possess
    • Identify organizations to which you would like to apply. Research the employer and incorporate some of the information into your cover letter, resume, and/or online job application.
    • Network with others within that industry for job leads, as well as your current acquaintances.
    • Research various websites for possible interview questions, and start practicing.
  • How assessments can help

    Assessments can be very valuable if you are not sure what type of career you would like to pursue, or want more information about a career path.

    Our Job Source assessments can help you decide on a career track. They assess the type of environment you enjoy working in, whether you prefer working alone or in teams, what skills you currently have, what skills you may need to obtain, and many other variables.

    If you take multiple assessments, the Summary Report and Career Advisor features will compile your results for a "big picture" overview.

    Clicking on any of the resulting job titles will provide more information about the required education, skills performed, average wage information, and more. These assessments can also link you to current job openings and, if available, apprenticeship opportunities in that particular career track. All this information can help you set your career goal.

  • Gather important information

    Once you have set your career goal, research your chosen field of interest. Understand what is required, and compare that to what you can currently do. If any skill gaps are identified, develop a plan to address the situation. Design your plan to incorporate these action items.

    • Can you teach yourself some of these items through free online courses or internet research?
    • Do you need to contact the One-Stop Career Center to find out what training opportunities are available and whether or not you may be eligible for them?

    Next, develop the documents you will need to apply for positions in this industry. Job Source has multiple tools to help you through the process. These tools can guide you through building a resume, creating an online job application worksheet, drafting professional letters, and compiling a list of references. As a registered user, you can save all of these documents to your account for easy access. See the other tabs above for helpful information when creating these documents.

    Collect the documents that you will need, should you be hired for the position. They may include:

    • Your social security card
    • Driver's license
    • DD-214 or other veteran documents
    • Alien registration card or other documents that shows you are authorized to work in the United States
    • Any industry certifications and/or licenses you may possess
  • Branch out with research and networking

    Now that you know what career path you are interested in and have all your documents ready to go, it's time to find your future employer. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways.

    First, research opportunities found on job boards, advertisements, and through leads people may have provided to you. Research the companies that you find through these methods, not only to be able to tailor your resume, online application, and cover letter to their specific company philosophy, but to also understand their hiring practices and turnover rates. If a company is continually advertising for the same position in an industry where there should not be a high turnover, you may not want to apply for that position. Additionally, avoid advertisements that ask you to pay money, or ask for your Social Security number prior to providing hiring documents. More likely than not, these are scams. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, trust your instinct.

    Network with everyone you can. Many opportunities come from word of mouth and knowing someone. Let people know you are looking for a job, as well as what you can provide to the employer. Prepare a 30 second introduction on your background and goals. Practice this until it becomes second nature to you. Expand your network through social media, volunteering, and joining industry related associations. Much of the networking you do will actually provide you with information, such as who is hiring, what to consider, and tips for success. Additionally, they may be able to assist in mock interviews. These personal connections will not only be a channel of information but you may meet someone to possibly serve as a great reference.

  • Additional powerful tools

    As a registered user, several features are available to help you organize and track progress toward your goals:

    • Journal: Track all your contacts, notes, and progress
    • Work Samples: Upload additional documents like certificates, awards, articles, etc.
    • Manage Attachments: Keep all your documents in one spot, including your various resumes, letters, reference tests, and work samples (you can add or delete items at any time)
    • Work Search Record: Track your various work search activities, such as application submission dates, interviews, conversations with employers, etc. (particularly helpful for those collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits, to satisfy the work search requirements)

    Our goal is to help in any way we can. We hope you find these tools useful in rreating, organizing, and tracking all your job search endeavors, and wish you lifelong success!

  • Why your resume matters
    A resume is a marketing tool. It is used to promote you to potential employers and can be the difference between securing an interview or not. Put simply, it is a one- to two-page persuasive document showing the employer how you can add value to their organization. For this reason, your resume is a living document that needs to be tailored to every position you are hoping to fill. A general-purpose resume, highlighting your unique capabilities and accomplishments, may be created to serve as a building block, but it is important to customize your resume for each job posting.
  • Choose the right type of resume

    There are three common resume types, each with advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the best format is extremely important because this can highlight your strengths while minimizing any weaknesses. The three most common resume formats are chronological, functional, and a combination of the two.

    A chronological resume focuses on work experience and education, highlighting consistency, progress and advancements in your career.

    • Work history is listed with your most recent position first.
    • This is the most popular type of resume; however, it is not recommended for job seekers:
      • With gaps in their work history
      • Who frequently change jobs (less than a year in a position)
      • Older workers
    • View a sample of a chronological resume.

    A functional resume focuses on skills and experiences without including dates and job titles. It highlights experience by focusing on skills and accomplishments, some of which may have been obtained by non-work experiences such as volunteering, being a school board member, or an intern.

    • Is good for job seekers:
      • Who have gaps in their work history
      • Looking to change careers
      • With limited work experience
    • Work history is included, but with less detail.
    • May not be preferred by employers
    • View a sample of a functional resume

    A combination resume blends the best features of chronological and functional resumes. It focuses on skills and work history by beginning with the skills you have and ending with a listing of your work history, including dates.

    • Is good for:
      • Entry-level positions
      • job seekers looking to change careers
      • job seekers with diverse work experiences
    • Accentuates volunteer and internship experiences and transferrable skills
    • Is readily accepted by employers.
    • View a sample of a combination resume

    Are you applying for a job with the Federal Government? If so, a special type of resume is required. It is more detailed, containing information not found in the other types. A Federal resume:

    • Clearly articulates how your skills and abilities match the job posting
    • Uses keywords and phrases included in the posting
    • For more information about how to craft a Federal resume, visit USA Jobs offers resume tips.
  • Use keywords wisely

    The power of a word cannot be underestimated. In fact, many companies use software that searches for specific words in resumes.

    To make the most of effective keywords:

    • Make sure you highlight your skills, including specific actions you have taken, details about the situation, and the results.
    • Begin each bullet point with an action verb; avoid phrases such as "responsible for".
    • Carefully read each job posting, and include action words or key phrases in your resume.

    For your reference, we compiled a list of action words in related groupings you can download.

  • Give your second draft another look
    • Do not include personal information like age, marital status, etc.
    • Use a professional-sounding email address (includes your name or some version of it).
    • Use fonts that are common in business, like Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
    • Do not use "I" or "my" when describing your capabilities, accomplishments, or experience.
    • With a functional and combination resume, organize your skills with the most relevant and important information first.
    • Less is more
      • Keep your resume to one page, if possible (unless it is for a Federal Government position).
      • Information needs to be clear, concise, and organized so it is easy to read.
      • Mention only the most relevant information.
    • Avoid using the same action verb over and over. For your reference, we compiled a list of action words in related groupings you can download.
    • Use numbers, since employers are highly responsive to measurable, proven value.
    • Use present-tense verbs when describing your current position and past tense for your previous jobs.
    • When describing your skills in a functional resume or combination resume, always use present tense verbs.
    • Review resume examples in your targeted industry.
    • Read job descriptions carefully, and include key words and phrases identifying required/preferred skills and experience, and the responsibilities and duties of the position.
    • If you cannot identify a close match of your skills with the job description requirements, use similar ones because skills gained outside of traditional work experiences are transferrable.
    • If you learned about a position by networking, reflect on what you learned and include key pieces of information that demonstrate advanced knowledge.
    Final Details:
    • Proofread your resume multiple times, and ask others to review it for you.
    • For an advertised vacancy, the purpose of your resume is to get you past the screening stage to an interview.
    • For an unadvertised opportunity, the goal is to entice an employer to hire you based on your talents even if no current vacancy exists.
  • Why professional letters matter

    Professional letters are more valuable today than ever. Your ability to use formal written communication will set you apart from your competition. This type of letter shows professional courtesy and can impress employers with your knowledge of their organization.

    A professional letter should make a clear connection between your skills and experience, and the job opportunity you are seeking. There are several types of professional letters you may need to write at various stages of your job search.

  • 6 types of professional letters

    Cover letter. This is a letter of introduction to an employer and a chance to match your specific experiences to a job opening. A resume is attached. This is your first opportunity to showcase how you match an organization’s needs. It is important to do your research about the organization and incorporate their philosophy into this letter. Click here for a sample cover letter.

    Introduction letter. Similar to a cover letter, this letter is used to introduce yourself to potential employers when there is no posted job opening. The intent is to persuade the recipient to consider creating a job opportunity that does not currently exist or had not considered previously. Click here for a sample introduction letter.

    Thank-you letter. This is a letter of appreciation sent immediately after an interview. The employer has spent valuable time interviewing you and acknowledging this shows good manners while also providing you with a chance to clarify how you would be a good fit for the organization. It keeps your name on their radar. Click here for a sample thank-you letter.

    Follow-up letter. This letter is designed to keep your name in front of the hiring manager; indicate to the hiring manager that you are still interested; and provides an opportunity to ask about where the company is in the hiring process. However, this type of letter is only sent if there is a significant period of time between the interview and the hiring decision. This letter should not be sent too frequently because thought of as conscientious can quickly turn into being perceived as annoying. Click here for a sample follow-up letter.

    Letter of acceptance. This is the best kind of letter. You have received an offer and are formally accepting the position. This is a chance to express your excitement in becoming part of the team. This letter should be sent as soon as your decision is made or immediately after you have verbally accepted an offer. Click here for a sample acceptance letter.

    References. While not a professional letter, having a list of references ready and available is important. Choose references who you know will say positive things about your character and your work. Your references should be able to express themselves professionally while speaking and in writing. Use our "create a reference list" to create and keep your list handy.

  • How to structure a professional letter

    Professional letters have a standard format and include your contact information, the date, the name and address of recipient, a salutation/greeting, the body, the closing, and your signature. They may also include an enclosure notation, if applicable.

    The body of a professional letter will usually have three sections:

    • First paragraph: Indicates why you are communicating with the organization; whether it is to introduce yourself (cover letter or introduction letter) or to follow up on a meeting (thank you letter or follow-up letter).
    • Second paragraph: Make your sales pitch about why you are a perfect match with their organization.
    • Third paragraph: Wraps everything up by conveying your knowledge of the organization, your interest in the position, itself, and a request for updates regarding the position.
  • 7 tips for writing professional letters
    • Be meticulous. Take the time to make sure every letter you send is perfect. These documents will be kept on-file and, should you be hired, will become part of your personnel file.
    • Format and tone mean everything. Regardless of the type of letter you are sending, it needs to follow standard business practices and convey a gracious and professional tone.
    • Be brief. Avoid being too wordy; a professional letter should be able to be read in less than one minute.
    • Clarify, if necessary. These letters are an opportunity to clarify and eliminate any potential misunderstandings that may have occurred, for example, in an interview.
    • Avoid over-writing. Do not attempt to show your intelligence by using excessive, overly-flowery, or emotional wording.
    • Keep copies. Save everything you send and receive from a potential employer. Our application’s storage, as a registered user, can assist you in keeping all of your documents organized, by employer, in one place.
    • Use a generic salutation. If you do not have a specific name of a person to address your letter, then it is appropriate to use "Dear Sir or Madam."
  • Special considerations before you get started

    Many employers who post job opportunities ask job seekers to apply online. A computerized application collects generic information about the job seeker, but also helps in the employer's screening process. Failure to input all the required information and/or connecting your abilities with the job opening can result in your application immediately being rejected. Companies may hire screening organizations or even use computer software due to the volume of responses they receive, so it is critical that you have all your information available before you start the application. Completing a resume ahead of time can make this process easier. Our "Create a resume" and "Create a job application worksheet" can help gather this information and store it in a convenient place for you.

  • 9 important tips to keep in mind
    1. Read the job vacancy posting/job description carefully. If possible, print it out and highlight key requirements, duties, and industry keywords to use in your application.
    2. If at all possible, download or print the job application form ahead of time. This gives you a chance to review how the application is structured, as well as, the information being requested so you can gather all of your documents needed to complete the application.
    3. Some job applications may ask you to list or describe your experience in a text box. It is always a good idea to type your answers in a separate Word document, then copy/paste your content into the application. Another benefit of doing this is Word will check your spelling and grammar, and even gives you access to synonyms and a thesaurus if you need one. It also helps by allowing you to save a copy of your responses for future job applications.
    4. Never leave any questions unanswered.
    5. Avoid using the browser’s "undo" or "back" button as it may remove you from the application. If you must go back a page, check for the application’s internal previous page navigation button or link.
    6. Once you have completed filling out the application, keep a copy. Many organizations let you preview and print; however, with some applications, you may need to copy it into a Word document.
    7. Take your time previewing your information before submitting. Proofreading your work is essential and having someone else read it is even better.
    8. Use our "Upload and manage attachments" feature (only available to registered users) to keep your information readily available and organized. Be sure to include the organization’s name and type of document when naming attachments that you upload (for example: ABC Corp Application, ABC Corp cover letter, ABC Corp job description, ABS Corp resume).
    9. Some applications may require you attach a resume and a cover letter. Be sure to customize these documents as much as possible to the position, include industry keywords, and make the connection between your experience and the job opening.
  • Job interview basics

    Landing an interview is a big deal. It means an employer has reviewed your resume and believes you are qualified for the position. Employers conduct interviews to get a clearer picture of who you are and what you can bring to their organization. For this reason, when interviewing, it is imperative that you connect your experiences and abilities to the job requirements. Leaving a strong impression with the interviewer(s) not only helps you secure a job, but it can also help if you are hired because you will have a connection with current employees and organizational culture. Check out the tips below for the do's and dont's of interviewing.

  • Prepare, prepare, and prepare Some More
    • The most important step in preparing for an interview is to research the organization so you have a clear understanding of the organization's culture and priorities.
    • Make sure you have memorized the specific responsibilities and duties of the position so you can refer to them in your responses.
    • If possible, before the interview, learn what you can about who will be on the interview panel (the internet can provide a wealth of information).
    • Focus your responses to demonstrate you have the skills needed for the position.
    • Weave-in previous work experience anecdotes (stories) describing challenges and steps you took to overcome them.
    • Practice your anecdotes before the interview (shorter is better).
    • Prepare a response for questions like, "Tell me about a time when you ran into an issue and how you solved it".
  • Banish pre-interview jitters
    • Do mock interviews (practice answering questions) before the interview.
    • If possible, take a video of your mock interview to identify potentially distracting nonverbal actions.
    • During the mock interview:
      • Dress and conduct yourself as if it is a real interview
      • Ask friends or family to ask you common interview questions
      • Check out our "Related Websites" section for links to some helpful sites with possible interview questions you may encounter.
    • Before the interview, go to the location to make sure you know where it is and how long it will take to get there (don't forget to account for traffic).
    • Take note of where there is available parking.
    • Dress a little better than what the position would require you to wear daily (a business suit is appropriate for a white-collar job, but for a less formal position, nicely-pressed pants and a dress shirt are appropriate)
    • Do not smoke before or during an interview.
    • Avoid eating very spicy, pungent food (garlic, curry) the day before and day of an interview.
    • Brush your teeth just prior to an interview or have a mint to avoid "coffee breath".
  • During a phone interview

    If you are scheduled for a phone interview:

    • Make sure you conduct this call in a quiet space with no interruptions.
    • Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum.
    • Gather all of your research about the organization and the position.
    • Review it just prior to the call and keep the information within sight for reference.
    • Have a notepad and a pen so you can take notes.
    • Speak clearly and confidently – your tone provides a first impression.
    • At the end of the call, ask about next steps and thank the speaker by name.
    • Do not forget to send a quick thank-you note to the interviewer as soon as possible.
  • Body confidence

    Without realizing it, your body language conveys a lot about you. Even during a phone interview, the person on the other end of the line can hear a smile in your voice. Here are some tips about ways you can use body language to your advantage:

    • Maintaining eye contact indicates you are earnest and truthful.
    • Sitting up straight conveys you are attentive; where slouching conveys laziness.
    • Leaning forward slightly indicates you are particularly interested in something the interviewer has said; leaning back suggests you are bored or disengaged.
    • Crossing your ankles or your arms shows a lack of confidence or are closed off.
    • Greet interviewer(s) with an enthusiastic handshake and a smile; do the same when leaving, thanking them for their time.
  • Employability soft skills

    Provide answers that give the impression that you are:

    • Reliable
    • An active listener
    • Work well alone and in teams
    • Able to quickly adapt to the organization’s culture and work style
    • Someone who can reduce the employer's stress and workload by immediately adding value
    • Familiar with industry terminology and can hit the ground running
    • The right candidate for the job
  • Employer assessments

    Don't get stressed out if asked to take a test. Employers use assessments to evaluate potential employees for things like cognitive levels, physical/motor abilities, emotional intelligence, language proficiency, and even personality traits.

    • Aptitude assessments measure your knowledge about certain topics and typically tend to have a right and wrong answer.
    • Personality assessments evaluate whether you would be a good fit for the organization's culture. There are no right or wrong answers, but certain answers carry a higher weight than others. It is best to answer truthfully because, if not, you may end up working in an organization that is not suited to your personality and values.
  • Last-minute reminders
    • Record the name(s) of the person(s) you will be meeting so you can address them by name in the interview and follow-up with a thank you letter afterward.
    • Avoid eating or drinking even water during an interview because you could spill it.
    • Pause when asked a question to take the time to respond clearly, confidently, and completely.
    • If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification before you answer.
    • Do not ramble; if an interviewer wants you to expand upon your answer, you will be asked to do so.
    • All of your past experiences have taught you something, even those that taught you "what not to do," so if asked to talk about how you handled a difficult situation, always present your experiences in a positive light.
    • Do NOT say anything negative about former employers and co-workers.
  • Closing the interview
    • Most interviews end with the question, "Do you have any questions for me?" The answer should always be, "I do". Have two or three questions prepared ahead of time, but some may occur to you during the interview. Here are some appropriate questions to ask:
      • Questions that show what you have learned about the organization during your research, but were not covered in the interview.
      • Questions about their work priorities and goals, if not discussed already.
      • What do they consider the most important things you could do to contribute to their success (this information will help with your thank-you letter).
      • If it was not discussed in the interview, ask about the next steps of the process.
      • Do NOT ask about benefits, vacation time, hours of work as this shows you are more interested in how the employer can help you - not how you can help the employer.
    • When the interview is complete, be sure show you are interested in the position, would contribute greatly to the organization, and would love to be part of the team.
    • Thank them for the opportunity to discuss your qualifications, and shake everyone's hands, and possibly even ask for a business card.
    • Remember to jot down any notes regarding the interview to help recall the conversation, especially the name(s) of the interviewer(s), so that you can write a proper "Thank You" letter after the interview.
    • Make sure you include key points of the conversation in the body of the letter.
  • Does social media presence matter?

    Social media allows users to interact with, share, and consume information, ideas, and career interests with one another, and it has has become an integral part of the job-search process in the digital age. It allows you to connect with employers, highlight your best traits, and is an excellent source for networking. LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter are three of the most popular social media platforms used by a lot of employers to communicate with the public, but also to screen potential employees.

  • How social media can help

    LinkedIn is best known for focusing on business and professional networking. This platform includes a built-in job search function. It also allows users to see if their LinkedIn colleagues have connections with an employer you may be interested in. When using this platform, consider the following:

    • Your experience section in LinkedIn should highlight in general terms the most important job functions at your current/previous positions; it should not provide bulleted details about job duties like a resume.
    • Employers search by keywords so be sure to incorporate industry keywords often found in job postings.
    • Join alumni groups and other groups in your field, contribute to discussions, and follow influential people in your targeted industry.

    Facebook focuses on connections with friends and promotes networking for jobs through their users' experiences. When using this platform, consider these tips:

    • Make sure your work and education information are public even if you keep tight privacy settings.
    • Provide a brief description about your professional background in the "about" section of your profile.
    • Consider following recruiters and companies in your targeted industry for current information.

    Twitter allows you to receive frequent updates on employers, recruiters, and industry insiders. When using this platform, consider these tips:

    • Keep your profile up-to-date.
    • Provide a brief description about your professional background in the "about" section of your profile.
    • Choose relevant accounts to follow and stand-out by participating through tweeting, re-tweeting interesting posts, and commenting on content.
    • Post links to pertinent articles and other online content.
    • While providing your own professional opinion can make you stand out, make sure that what you write is not controversial.
  • Clean up your digital footprint

    Hiring managers will most likely do a thorough internet name search to find as much public information they can about you. It can be quite surprising to see all the information a simple internet search may reveal. Do a search for yourself to see what information is out there. Also, search for yourself on social media accounts you have. When your search results are in, review each one for accuracy, inconsistencies with your resume, or other information that may be of concern.

    Examples of content to remove are:

    • Photos where you or your friends are drinking, dressed inappropriately, or are engaged in questionable behavior
    • Inappropriate comments by you or your friends, including profanity, alcohol or drug use, and even slang
    • Negative or discriminatory comments that focus on former employment, people, and controversial topics

    If you have posted articles, blogs, writing samples, or other web content, make sure they reflect your best self, including proper grammar and spelling. Also be sure to use the privacy settings on your social media accounts to restrict access to only trusted friends and restrict tagging to keep others from "tagging" you to postings that may questionable. Check your "likes" and consider removing them.

    Your reputation means everything! Once you have cleaned up your digital footprint, you are ready to make a good impression. Check your digital footprint at least monthly, because even after you are hired, employers may continue to conduct social media searches.

  • Volunteering

    The volunteering activities you choose can truly benefit not only the organization you are supporting; it can also benefit you and your resume, in the long run. The experience you obtain from performing tasks and the connections you make with various people can open doors into many possibilities.

    Skills and experiences that you acquire through your volunteering are transferable skills; that means they can be used in other types of positions. For example, if you develop new skills using a certain computer program during your experience, you now have that skill for any job that may require it. If you volunteer, and perform a task you are already familiar with, your time devoted to this endeavor increases the "years" of experience you have in the field.

    It goes without saying that the connections you make during your time volunteering can be invaluable. Networking with others in the types of experiences you enjoy and are successful with, can more than likely lead to job opportunities in the field. Be sure to show your best self and share with others that you are looking for a career in this field, because they might know someone who can open doors for you.

    When deciding to volunteer, consider the following:

    • Is this something you really have an interest in?
    • Will the establishment provide training?
    • What skills will you ultimately acquire?
    • What level of commitment is required and do you have that amount of time?

    There are numerous local opportunities as well as many websites that can identify broader volunteer centers and opportunities. Be sure to choose something you will enjoy doing, and that you can commit to for an established period of time. Adding this experience to your resume will show a lot about you, your work ethic, and your interests.

  • Internships

    Internships provide college students or recent graduates with work experiences in many different types of organizations be it small, medium, or large establishments in a lot of industries. Many employers rely on internship programs to attract and evaluate potential employees, providing a direct path to a job opportunity.

    Internships are also beneficial to both your resume and your skills/experiences in the following ways:

    • It allows you to apply what you have learned in a real-world environment.
    • It can expand your network of professional contacts and help build relationships and connections in your chosen field.
    • In regards to your chosen field, internships can help you focus on where you have the most talent, as well as what mainly piques your interest.
    • Internships can also afford you the opportunity to become exposed to the workplace culture and industry nuances in your chosen field.

    Always remember to incorporate this experience in your resume, not only as a work history entry but be sure to include all of the skills you have attained.

  • Apprenticeships

    Registered Apprenticeshipis an 'earn-while-you-learn' approach to launching a career in hundreds of different occupations, not just in construction-related careers. As an apprentice, you would receive a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction (RTI) in a skilled occupation.

    One major misconception is that a Registered Apprenticeship Program is the same as an internship. Internships can sometimes be unpaid, informal, and may not necessarily lead to a career pathway. On the other hand, a Registered Apprenticeship is full-time employment that includes on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The benefits of a Registered Apprenticeship also include pay increments based on skills progression, and a nationally recognized credential at the conclusion of the program. Learn more about New Jersey's Apprenticeship program.

  • Training and Industry Partnerships

    The value of an industry recognized credential cannot be overstated. Many organizations require certification, licensing, or degrees in the industry they represent. The question becomes, what do I need and how can I obtain these credentials? There are many programs offered through your local One-Stop Career Center to help you acquire the needed training and credentials to land these job opportunities. Stop in at your local One-Stop to find out what programs are available, and whether or not you qualify. Employment counselors can guide you through all the possible solutions available to you; the services at the One-Stop Career Centers are also completely free. Whether you need industry type training, or to obtain a high school diploma, attend English language classes, or need basic adult education assistance, the One-Stop Career Center may be the answer. They provide services to job seekers, whether you are in the job market or are currently unemployed.