13 Things an American Job Center Can Do For You
Are you unemployed and searching for work? An employer trying to meet your human capital needs for skilled workers? Maybe you’re just entering the workforce and looking for your first job, or have been working for years but interested in switching fields or gaining a new credential.
In all of these cases, an American Job Center near you can help.
There are more than 2,400 centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, throughout the United States. Workers can use them to find new jobs and gain new skills. And employers can connect with resources to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce.
American Job Centers provide workers with:
- Resource rooms with phones, free internet and resume writing tools.
- Job search assistance and career counseling.
- Practice interviewing and skills testing.
- Job training, including work-based learning options.
- Current labor market and employer information to understand who is hiring, for what jobs and where.
- Employment workshops and hiring events.
- Referrals to community resources and supportive services (such as information about transportation, SNAP, financial assistance, Medicaid, training services, child care, emergency funds and other benefits).
American Job Centers can help employers:
- Assess hiring needs.
- Provide labor market information to inform business decisions.
- Find qualified candidates, including veterans.
- Build an effective hiring process.
- Connect to training options for new and current employees, plus funding resources.
- Learn about hiring incentives and tax credits, as well as local resources in economic development, finance, marketing and more.
Find your nearest local office today, or call the employment and training helpline to get started: 1-877-US2-JOBS.
Byron Zuidema is deputy assistant secretary of labor for employment and training.