Beginning a career search is easy using a One-Stop Career Center. Look up a center online.
Anyone that wants to visit a One-Stop Career Center can show up at the right one close to their neighborhood and the place they want to work. Getting there to find a job or training is an easy opportunity to take once the location and contact information are known.
It does not take long to look up a center online.
The centers that first started up in 1998 after the Workforce Investment Act was passed during the Bill Clinton administration cover the whole map. There is a One-Stop Career Center in every state in the United States.
Just take the first step.
1. Decide the area in the state the job help is wanted. There is no clear path to finding a career when the beginning is not known. There are many centers. So knowing the best place to go makes it simple to look up the right center.
2. Stop in at Career One Stop online. The address and phone number are posted in black and white at this one central place on the Internet career seekers can find the answers to their career center questions.
The stop's Internet address is www.careeronestop.org.
Click on Find One-Stop Career Centers. Chose a state using the drop down menu. A list of the centers in the state will show up on the screen. Browse the full list. Or, shorten the list to the ones in the local area by entering a zip code. Then, either write down the one that shows up or browse a shorter list until the right one is found.
Or, if using the eyes to see the location is preferred, go to the U. S. Department of Labor Internet site and then go to the workforce page, www.doleta.gov/usworkforce. A map is posted there that Americans can use to find a link to the state website that has the career center information in their state.
3. Anyone can start their search closer to home in their state. Just visit the Internet site for the state agency that handles labor and the workforce, or the one that handles business information. A listing for a center nearby can be found there.
In California, the Employment Development Department keeps track of the workforce investment centers in the state. At the website, www.edd.ca.gov, click on the Jobs & Training tab and then click on the One-Stop Career Centers Quick Link. Use this link to get a copy of the full list of career centers in the state, sorted by county.
For each career center, the list gives the name, the location address, the phone number, the website and the hours.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GoED) also posts a copy of the list Internet users can take. On the website, www.goed.ca.gov, click on the More Resources tab and then choose One-Stop Career Centers. A link to the list shows up.
A central one-stop online center for information, such as California's GoED, keeps a useful set of information on the career centers that businesses in the the state use to post job opportunities and find workers to hire.
4. If the name of the center is known, look up the telephone number in the local phonebook business pages. Put the number on a career center card.
5. Call up a staff member at the One-Stop Career Center and ask for the full story and the details. Get the hours and who to talk to first. Also find the best office to start at. It might be at the main career center, at an affiliate center, or at a workforce investment partner's location.
6. Stop in at the One-Stop Career Center and ask for job help. Mark the center down as a starting place on the career path.