|Career Help from the U.S. Government|
After all your planning and preparing for a great career, life happens. Sagging economies, downsizing, layoffs and disabilities are just a few of the obstacles that can come between American workers and fulfilling, financially rewarding careers.
Fortunately, along with the agency's better known mission of enforcing fair wage and employment laws, the U.S. Department of Labor is dedicated to helping Americans remove, or at least chip away at those obstacles. Here are some of the great government resources out there to help you:
Training: Employment and Training
The ETA provides assistance for adults, young persons and dislocated workers with training and job placement assistance. From the ETA, job seekers can get:
- Information and
Services for anyone interested in employment, and details on where to go to get those services.
- Career Tools
Programs and resources that can help workers make the next step in their careers, even if it is their first step.
- Services for Job
Essential tools designed to help workers in any phase of their job search.
- Help for Laid-Off
Services for workers, employers and workforce professionals dealing with a lay off.
- Help for
Resources for foreign workers seeking jobs in the United States and employers who hire them.
Information on different types of job and volunteer opportunities for a variety of job seekers.
Important information for job seekers, the workforce professionals assisting them, and the employers hiring them.
One-Stop Web Sites
Consult your State One-Stop Center, where you can go to find out more about the job seekers services above.
for Laid Off and Dislocated Workers
Over 3.3 million people are laid off each year. You may be a dislocated worker if you have been permanently laid off, or have received a notice of termination or layoff from employment.
Find jobs--from entry level to technical to professional to CEO. Locate public workforce services in your area. Explore alternative career paths, compare salary data for different occupations, learn which careers are hot, get resume writing tips and job interview strategies, and more. Find a One-Stop Career Center near you.
If your layoff involved 50 or more workers, your State Dislocated Worker Unit may have created a Rapid Response team to help you get back on your feet.
Created in 1935 as a response to the Great Depression, unemployment insurance has helped countless workers and their families weather the economic storms of lost jobs and layoffs.
for Disabled Workers
As a key element of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, the Department of Labor provides many resources to help persons with disabilities achieve their career goals. Here are just a few:
- Ticket-to-Work and Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act
- Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
- Welfare-to-Work Program
- Employment/Training Resources
- Learning Disability Resources
- Job Accommodation Resources
- State-by-State Resource Guide