In today’s economy, workers are moving like they never did before. No one is sticking to one place or profession. By age 34, the average American worker has already held 9 jobs, which probably may mean nine diverse skill sets. In addition to new job skills, you must have resume, interviewing and other job hunting abilities to find your next exciting career. Volunteering can often turn into part-time or full-time work. Moreover it can also give you additional work skills that can benefit you to find a job. When you’re asked to volunteer, it is highly recommended that you say yes, it may just be your next step to a new job.
The programs listed below are a highly useful collection of job hunting and volunteer programs available for people looking to volunteer, acquire new job training skills or develop their job hunting tactics. Also, these sources will save you from paying for job help. Check the following sources out:
1. Federal Government Programs For Job Hunting and Volunteering
These programs are usually described in a book called the CFDA – Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance. This book is available at your local library or the U.S. Government Printing Office http://www.gpo.gov/. Contents of CFDA can also be searched for free on the web at https://www.cfda.gov/
2. Employment And Training Information And Statistics
The Employment and Training Administration provides job training, employment, labor and market information and income maintenance services primarily through state and local programs. They can help you start or advance your career, know your rights as a worker or just answer employment questions. Contact them at http://www.doleta.gov/ or call them at 877-US-2JOBS.
3. State Programs For Employment & Job Hunting
The Employment and Training Administration can direct you to specific programs in your state to find training for your dream job. All you need to do is click on your state to view a list of resources. Many states offer funds to employers to help them upgrade the skills of their employees. Check it out athttp://www.doleta.gov/regions/ or http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/onestop/onestopmap.cfm. You can also look for your state Department of Labor, or Department of Jobs and Family Services by contacting your state capitol operator or going to http://www.govengine.com/.
4. Career And Job Information from CareerOneStop
If you are 15 and looking for your first job or 80 and looking for a job to help keep you young, CareerOneStop has the web site to help you. They offer electronic tools operating as a federal-state partnership that includes: America’s Job Bank, America’s Career InfoNet and America’s Service Locator. You can find them online at http://www.careeronestop.org/
5. Nationwide Volunteer Opportunities
A great place to start looking for ways you can make a difference by volunteering, is to check out the Federal Government’s web site on volunteering. It shows you a variety ways that you can make a difference. You can start your volunteer search at http://www.serve.gov/.
6. Money To Train For A New Job
Are you out of work and need to learn some new skills in order to get employed? The Career One Stop can help you. They have information about Federal job training programs, Workforce Investment Act training, apprenticeships and more. Career One Stops can help you do a career and skills assessment to see where you are and where you need to go. They will even help direct you to money sources to pay for the training you need. For more information, check out http://www.careeronestop.org/
7. Free Employment & Job Help For Women
Many states have Women’s Commission whose job is to advocate with the state legislatures on the role of women. In fact there are over 270 women’s commissions at city, county and state levels. Since the Commissions are a link between the government and the private sector, they may be aware of programs and services available to women. A map is available on the website showing where commissions are located. To learn more contact the National Association of Commissions for Women, 8630 Fenton St., Suite 934, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-585-8101; Fax: 301-585-3445;http://www.nacw.org/
8. Free Resume Writing and Job Searching Help
A good resume will get you in the door for an interview, but how do you write one? The Career One Stop can help you. They will sit down with you to help you compose the perfect resume, or you can complete the online tutorial to get it done. After that is done, they have a database of over 12 million employers to help you find the perfect job. Look for them at http://www.careeronestop.org/ or call toll-free 877-US-2JOBS.