Looking for a Job
Finding and getting the job you want can be a challenging process, but knowing more about job search methods and application techniques may increase your chances of success. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) , part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) , offers an Occupational Outlook Handbook that may help you with:
- Learning about Job Openings
- Searching for a Job
- Applying for a Job
- Interviewing for a Job
- Evaluating a Job Offer
You may also wish to view the following resources:
|State Employment Offices||CareerOneStop||State or Local Government Employment|
|State Department of Labor||Federal Government Employment||Job Loss Assistance Programs|
Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
- Job Corps is a free educational and vocational training program that helps people ages 16 through 24 learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED, and get help finding a job.
- GirlsHealth.gov offers information for teens about how to get a job .
Jobs for the Disabled
- Contact the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) for employment assistance for people with disabilities.
- Disability.gov offers information on their website about job opportunities for people with disabilities .
During your job search, you may come across ads that promise wonderful opportunities. While some companies honestly want to help you, others are more interested in taking your money.
- Promises to get you a job and a guaranteed income
- Up front fees, even when you are guaranteed a refund if you are dissatisfied
- Employment agencies whose ads read like job ads
- Promotions of "previously undisclosed" government jobs. All federal job opportunities are announced to the public on the USAJOBS.gov website.
Get a copy of the employment agency contract and review it carefully before you pay any money. Check with your local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if any complaints have been filed against a company.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sues businesses that fraudulently advertise employment openings and guarantee job placement. Contact the FTC if you have a complaint. You may also wish to visit the FTC website Money Matters , which offers tips on issues such as job scams . The FTC's publication Help Wanted - Finding a Job also offers information about types of employment service firms and how to protect yourself from those that may try to scam you.