Finding and getting a job can be a challenging process, but knowing more about job search methods and application techniques may increase your chances of success. CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor offers information that can help you:
- Plan your job search
- Search for a job
- Write resumes and cover letters and fill out applications
- Create a career network
- Interview for a job and negotiate your salary
- State Job Banks – Search your state to locate job openings in your area.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Find information on educational requirements, growth rates, median pay, and more for hundreds of career fields.
- State, Regional, and Local Resources – Locate Department of Labor programs and services near you.
- Federal Government Employment – Learn how to get a job with the federal government using USAJOBS.
Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
- Learn about occupations to help you plan your future (for grades K-12).
- Find tips and information for teens about how to get a job.
- Watch videos about federal jobs.
- Get help entering the job market. If you’re age 16 to 24 and need help finishing school, exploring career options, finding training, or searching and applying for jobs, GetMyFuture is for you. There’s a special section on support for young people who struggle with addiction, have a criminal record, have children, need help with housing, or face other challenges.
- Learn about Job Corps, a free educational and vocational training program that helps low income people ages 16 through 24 learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED, and get help finding a job.
Jobs for Older Workers
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.
If you are an older worker looking for a job, here are some tips to help you focus employers on the positive aspects of hiring an older worker.
Jobs for Laid-off Workers
If you have recently lost your job, visit CareerOneStop’s Worker ReEmployment section for information and resources on job searching, benefits, and training options after a layoff.
Job Information and Resources for Women
Women can find information specifically about and for women in the workforce at the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau.
- The Resources page has information about equal pay, pregnancy and breastfeeding, paid leave, women of color, and more.
- The Working Women’s Clearinghouse offers federal government resources, tools, and publications to help if you’re looking for a job, trying to advance in your career, dealing with workplace issues, or planning for retirement.
While some companies honestly want to help you find a job, others are more interested in taking your money. Learn how to recognize scams and file a complaint:
- Job scams and how to avoid them
- Work at home schemes to avoid
- If you were scammed, you can file a complaint online or call the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and related instruction to give you skills to advance in your chosen field.
Apprentice programs vary in length from one to six years. During that time, as an apprentice, you’ll work and learn as an employee. When you complete a registered program, you will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Department of Labor (DOL) as proof of your qualifications.
For more information:
- Visit the DOL’s website on Registered Apprenticeships.
- To locate an apprenticeship program near you, click on your state on the Search Apprenticeships Near You map of the U.S.
- If you’re a woman looking for an apprenticeship in the field of construction, transportation, or protective services, check out the Women Build, Protect & Move America portal. You’ll find resources for local and nationwide apprenticeships as well as information about the different jobs in each field, professional trade organizations, and your rights on the job.
You are self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession either by yourself or with a partner.
Find out the basics of self-employment to help you succeed in the small business world:
- Starting and Financing a Small Business – Explore opportunities and get tips to help you succeed.
- Tax Information – Learn about filing requirements for the self-employed, reporting responsibilities, and more.
- Health Insurance – Explore coverage options for the self-employed.
- Social Security Information for the Self-Employed (PDF, Download Adobe Reader) covers how to report your earnings when you file your taxes.
Work from Home
Are you thinking about basing your business out of your home? The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a guide for home-based businesses. This includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.
Home Office Deduction
If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a home office tax deduction.
If you are a current or former U.S. servicemember looking for a civilian job, visit:
- CareerOneStop’s Veteran and Military Transition Center for information and resources about your job search, benefits, training opportunities, and more
- Vets.gov for resources to help you explore careers, find a job, or start your own business
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program for help with job training, employment accommodations, job-seeking skills coaching and individualized career counseling. This program also provides help for veterans who want to start their own businesses and for severely disabled vets who need assistance with independent living services.
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If you have a disability and you’re looking for work, these resources can help:
Find a Job
- The Ticket to Work program helps 18-to-64-year-old Social Security disability recipients develop job skills to get to a higher standard of living. The program is supportive, free, and voluntary.
- The AbilityOne.gov program provides employment opportunities with nonprofit agencies and community rehabilitation programs across the country for people who are blind or who have other significant disabilities.
- Learn how to find and apply for federal jobs open to people with disabilities through standard methods and through the Schedule A program. Find out about special federal hiring opportunities for young people and veterans.
Get Job Skills, Training, and Preparing for a Job Interview
- Get help with vocational rehabilitation including counseling, training, support, and services to help you find and keep a job through your state vocational rehabilitation agency or the American Job Center in your area.
- The “Workers with Disabilities” section at CareerOneStop.org provides strategies for developing job skills, conducting a job search, and preparing for interviews.
- What Can You Do? from the Campaign for Disability Employment has job tips and resources for young people and adults with disabilities, their families, educators, and employers.
- Find an Independent Living Center near you to get job training, coaching, and help to live independently.
Help for Young Workers
- Get resources to help you transition from school to work and youth development and leadership opportunities and resources from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).
- JobCorps, the free residential education and job training program for young adults, accommodates participants age 18-24 with disabilities.
Help for Veterans
- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programoffers help with job training, employment accommodations, job-seeking skills, coaching, and career counseling.
- Find more programs for service-disabled veterans including starting your own business and qualifying for a hiring preference with the federal government.
Learn Your Rights
- JAN, the Job Accommodation Network, can answer your questions about workplace accommodations and your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- The Department of Labor has detailed information about laws that protect workers with disabilities and disability discrimination.
Based on your skills, circumstances, and the job that you intend to do, you may be able to come to the U.S. as a temporary or permanent foreign worker or as a temporary visitor for business. Under certain circumstances, you may also be able to work in the U.S. if you’re a foreign student or an exchange visitor.
As a foreign worker, you will need a visa to be employed in the U.S. Each type of visa has unique requirements, conditions, and time limits.
- Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Working in the U.S. website for an overview of each worker category and type of visa.
- Use the Department of State’s visa wizard to find the visa you need, the application process, fees, and estimated wait time for a visa interview.
Your Rights and Protections
- As a temporary foreign worker in the U.S., you will not be denied a visa or be punished by the U.S. government because you have exercised your rights under U.S. laws.
- If you violate the terms of your work visa, it could be revoked and you could be removed from the U.S. (deported), arrested, or denied reentry into the U.S.
- If you suspect you or someone you know is being brought to the U.S. for the purpose of human trafficking, get help now.