U.S. Resources for Employers and Job Seekers

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The American Job Center Network is the online hub for links to job-related resources for businesses seeking new employees or help in training current ones. The online resource includes links to hundreds of local training programs and job resources. Below are just a few examples of the programs, resources and tools small business owners and job seekers can access. At the bottom of this page, you can find direct links to job banks in U.S. states and territories.

Resources for Employers

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Competency models

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) works with business and industry experts to develop industry competency models and to identify and validate the competencies that employers need in high-growth, high-demand sectors. Employers, educators and career counselors can use these competency models to design training curriculum, develop career pathways and to help workers earn industry-recognized credentials.

Agency | U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Learn More | www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel

Skills for America’s Future Program

The program brings together businesses, nonprofits and schools to train Americans for the jobs of a new century through the Skills for America’s Future program. This initiative is designed to build partnerships between businesses and community colleges to match the work in the classroom with the needs of the boardroom.

Agencies | Employment & Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Learn More |  www.doleta.gov/business/skilltobuild.cfm

Resources for Job Seekers

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One Stop Career Centers

DOL oversees a national network of more than 2,900 One Stop Career Centers, located in communities in every state. One Stop Career Centers are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers and employers under one roof. Employers can use the centers to recruit skilled workers and partner in job training and other programs.

Agency |
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Locations | www.careeronestop.org

My Next Move

This online tool helps both first-time and experienced workers explore the job market. The site provides information on each occupation’s skills and requirements, the occupation’s outlook, other similar jobs, local salary information, training opportunities, and job openings, as well.

Agency | U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Tool Box | www.mynextmove.org

My Skills, My Future

This site helps experienced unemployed workers determine how their current background and experience qualifies them for other potential jobs.

Agency | U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Learn More |  www.myskillsmyfuture.org

American Job Center Network
Directory of State Job Banks


Job seekers can post applications and resumes to their state’s job bank. Employers can also post jobs at no charge to their state’s job bank. Note that both job seekers and employers will need to register at their state’s job bank. Registration is free, but policies including wait times may vary.

(via: American Job Center Network)

Photos:  American Job Center Network