Learn how and where to search for employment.
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- Look for a Job
- Self-Employment and Working from Home
- Jobs and Training for Veterans
- Job Help for People with Disabilities
- Getting a Job in the U.S. as a Foreign Worker
Look for a Job
Finding and getting a job can be a challenging process. Knowing more about job search methods and application techniques can help. To begin looking for jobs in your area, search by job title at CareerOneStop. Or, post your resume and register your job search with your state job bank.
Resources to Help You Find and Get a Job
CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor offers information that can help you:
State Job Banks – Search your state to locate job openings in your area.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – Learn about hundreds of career fields. Find information on educational requirements, growth rates, median pay, and more.
State, Regional, and Local Resources – Locate Department of Labor programs and services near you.
Jobs for Teens and Young Adults
Learn about occupations to help you plan your future (for grades K-12).
Finish high school
Explore career options
Search and apply for jobs
There’s a special section on support for young people who:
Struggle with addiction
Have a criminal record
Need help with housing
Face other challenges
- Learn about Job Corps, a free educational and vocational training program. It 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) offers job training for older Americans. The program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors.
If you’re an older worker looking for a job, CareerOneStop offers tips that may help.
Jobs for Laid-off Workers
If you have recently lost your job, visit CareerOneStop’s Worker ReEmployment section. It has information on job searching, benefits, and training options after a layoff.
Job Information and Resources for Women
- Equal pay
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Hiring women in construction
Avoid Job Scams
While some companies 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.
- Search your state for an apprenticeship program that’s right for you.
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:
- 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 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’s 10 Steps to Start Your Business 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.
Learn what to watch out for to avoid work-at-home scams. In one common scam, you may be tricked into paying to start your own internet business. These scammers will keep asking you to send money for more services related to this fake business opportunity. To file a complaint about a scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Federal Government Telework Guidelines
If you’re a federal employee looking for information on teleworking, visit www.telework.gov.
Note: The federal government never charges a fee for information about, or applications for, government jobs. You can search and apply for federal government jobs for free at USAJOBS.
Jobs and Training for Veterans
The government offers many programs to help vets find and keep civilian jobs.
Job and Training Resources for Military and Veterans
These programs and websites can help you explore careers, find training, and find jobs.
CareerOneStop’s Veteran and Military Transition Center can help you:
Assess your job skills and see how they apply to civilian jobs
Learn about education and training options like certifications, apprenticeships, and licensing
Build your job-search skills
Find government benefits including unemployment compensation for ex-service members
VA.gov’s Careers and Employment section connects you to information and resources to:
Find work as a vet with a service-connected disability
Get educational and career counseling
Start or grow your own business
Find Department of Labor resources for vets and military spouses
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) helps active duty and vets. It’s for those whose service-connected disability impacts their ability to work. It can help you find new work, return to your old job, or start a business. It provides help with:
Job-seeking skills coaching
Starting your own business
Independent living services for vets with severe disabilities
Veterans.gov from the Department of Labor connects to information on:
Federal government hiring for vets
Careers with the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Homeland Security
Employment resources by state
Interstate occupational license recognition options for military spouses. Learn what it will take to get licensed in your new state when you transfer.
Find Federal Jobs for Veterans
These government websites can help vets find federal jobs.
Feds Hire Vets explains:
The federal hiring process
How veterans preference works to give vets the advantage over other applicants
Special hiring authorities for veterans
VA for Vets has virtual job boards for Department of Veterans Affairs, federal, and civilian openings.
Veterans’ Preference Advisor offers guidance on veterans’ preference in federal hiring.
Federal Apprenticeships for Veterans helps service members and veterans find high-skill, good-paying apprenticeships.
Federal Government Employment walks you through the steps to apply for a job on USAJOBS. USAJOBS is the federal government’s jobs portal.
If you plan to go to college or a vocational school, learn about your educational benefits.
Job Help for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and you’re looking for work, these resources can help.
Develop Your Work and Job-Seeking Skills
- Get in-person counseling, training, support, and services to help you find and keep a job. Contact:
- The Workers with Disabilities section at CareerOneStop.org has resources to help you:
- Develop job skills
- Conduct a job search
- Prepare for interviews
- Find job tips and resources from the Campaign for Disability Employment’s What Can You Do? website. There’s information for families, educators, and employers too.
- Your local Independent Living Center can help you live on your own. They also offer job training and coaching.
Find a Job
- Ticket to Work trains Social Security disability recipients age 18 – 64 who want to work. It’s free and voluntary.
- AbilityOne.gov helps people who are blind or have significant disabilities find jobs. Job openings are with nonprofit agencies nationwide.
- The federal government has many jobs open to people with disabilities.
Job Help for Young Workers
- Find resources to help you move from school to work.
- Check out Job Corps. It’s a free residential education and job training program for young adults. It accommodates participants age 18-24 with disabilities.
Job Help for Veterans
- Take advantage of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program for veterans. It offers help with:
- Job training
- Employment accommodations
- Resume development
- Job-seeking skills
- Find more job help programs for veterans. These include:
- Help starting your own business
- Qualifying for a hiring preference with the federal government
Learn About Your Rights
- JAN, the Job Accommodation Network helps you:
- Visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy website. It explains the laws that protect workers with disabilities from job discrimination.
- Learn about your rights from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Topics include:
- Accommodation for your disability
- Protection against harassment and discrimination
Getting a Job in the U.S. as a Foreign Worker
Based on your skills, circumstances, and the job that you plan to do, you may be able to come to the U.S. as either a:
Temporary or permanent foreign worker, or 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.
Get a Work Visa
As a foreign worker, you will need a visa to get a job in the U.S. Each type of visa has unique requirements, conditions, and time limits.
Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Working in the U.S. web page 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
Estimated wait time for a visa interview
Your Rights and Protections as a Temporary Foreign Worker
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. Learn your rights and protections.
If you violate the terms of your work visa, it could be revoked. You could be deported, arrested, or denied re-entry into the U.S.
If you think you or someone you know is being brought to the U.S. for human trafficking, get help now.
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Last Updated: July 23, 2020