How to Find A Job

Look for a Job

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

Other resources:

Jobs for Teens and Young Adults

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.

Job Scams

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

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:

Self-Employment and Working from Home

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:

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.

Employment and Job Training for Veterans

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.

For federal employment, visit:

Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities

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

Help for Veterans

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.

Getting a Job in the U.S. as a Foreign Worker

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.

Work Visas

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.

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.
Scroll Up