Job help: where to find who is hiring

In part two of our employment series, we will explore different job search sites to help you find your next career. Whether you are looking for a career change or tough times are forcing you to take a new direction, there are many local and national employment resources available for individuals transitioning to a new career.

Local resources:

  • Career Online High School (COHS) is an accredited high school diploma and career certificate program offered free of charge by Boulder Public Library in partnership with Colorado State Library.
  • Workforce Boulder County is an excellent resource for those changing careers, seeking new careers, or looking to hire.

State and federal resources:

  • 211 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community.
  • CareerOneStop is a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor with detailed information about occupations, self-assessments, salaries, career transition tools, job search tips, training and scholarship information, unemployment insurance, and more.
  • Colorado Department of Labor & Employment connects job seekers with jobs, provides an up-to-date and accurate picture of the economy to help decision making, assists workers who have been injured on the job, ensures fair labor practices, helps those who have lost their jobs by providing temporary wage replacement through unemployment benefits, and protects the workplace.
  • Connecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system. You can post your resume, apply for a specific job, or do a self-directed job search through their jobs database.
  • United States Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) connects you to employers hiring veterans, service providers, transitioning service members, resources, programs and much more.
  • USAJOBS is the federal government’s comprehensive job listings and employment information site.

Free job search sites:

  • Flexjobs offers job search and work-from-home support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Glassdoor is an online job board as well as an employer review website.
  • Indeed is a free service to job seekers, where you can upload a resume, create job alert emails, and search for jobs.
  • LinkedIn is a networking site where you can connect with colleagues, friends, and coworkers. A resume tool is provided for you to post your professional resume.
  • ZipRecruiter is a free service to job seekers where employers can reach out to you directly and invite you to apply for a job.

and many more such as….

Specialized resource databases:

  • AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that primarily helps people 50 and older improve their lives. They include excellent articles about job searching useful for job seekers of any age.
  • Job-Hunt provides articles and tips on a host of timely and topics to help job seekers in today’s market.
  • National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers.
  • ReferenceUSA is a powerful research tool which provides access to several useful databases, including: U.S. Businesses, U.S. Jobs and Internships, U.S. Healthcare, and more. Have your Lafayette card number handy (or get a temporary card) to use this resource.

And don’t forget, the Lafayette Public Library also has public computers you can use. Please sign up for an appointment by calling 303-661-1162 and use our computers for free for one hour.

If you are looking for help writing a cover letter or resume, check out part one in the series, “How to write a cover letter and resume.”

Next up, part three: set yourself up for success; resources to help you dress for success; and explore local networking groups.

-Contributed by Kelli

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