Unemployment in the United States has reached double digit percentages. That means if 100 people read this article, 12 of them are jobless. More than likely, the other 88 know several people who are unemployed.
Finding a job can be hard, especially when you do it alone. Combing the streets and internet sites, newspaper classifieds and asking door to door with no results can be discouraging.
The local career center is a great resource for those who are unemployed. Career centers are not just walk-in officers to file unemployment. True, they may have replaced unemployment offices. There’s more to these offices than that. It’s more than an application pick up/drop off spot, too. Career centers are service agencies that offer job seekers a range of services.
Online job search – Career centers offer public use computers that job seekers can use to go on job websites and hunt for work. Applicants hunt for work through the state joblink as well as Monster and Careerbuilder. The career center computers link to private company’s websites who hire, plus city, state and national government agencies. Registered users can access the joblink site from any computers. Accessing the joblinks from the career center computers offers other advantages. Such as –
Fax service – Applicants who find a job they are interested in at a joblink site can fax their resumes directly to the employer from the career center. This is a free service.
Resume builder – This is offered as a career center service. For people who are need help creating an employment resume, career center employees assist them in creating as many as they need with employment specific information.
Scan service – Job seekers can scan in copies of their paper document resumes and email them.
Equipment and services for the physically challenged. Job seekers who have sight problems can access computer equipment that cater to their needs.
Telephone service – Job seekers may use a public telephone in some career centers, in case he or she needs to contact an employer about a job.
GED classes – Local career centers may coordinate with adult basic education programs for high school drop-outs to prepare, study and take the GED examinations.
Typing tests – Job seekers that are required to take typing tests for certain positions may do so at the local career centers.
Typewriters – Some career centers even offer electronic typewriters for job seekers who may need to use them.
Meeting space – Career centers house meeting rooms that employers can meet with potential employees for trainings, workshops and classes.
Books, videos, brochures and pamphlets on skill and job-related topics.
To use the career center services, job seekers have to register. Registration is quick, easy and free. All of these services are free.