Job Hunting Tips from the U.S. Labor Secretary

On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of Labor Secretary Solis' top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good-paying jobs.


On Labor Day 2012 and every day, one of my top priorities is to help those looking for work get the training they need for good-paying jobs.

By 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. In fact, employers are actively looking to fill nearly 4 million job openings in America right now. Getting the skills employers want and need are critical to a successful career.

Here are a few tips:

Get started! Your first step is to check out your local American Job Center. These nearly 3,000 "one-stop-shops" are part of a nationwide network where you can work with experts to update your resume, strengthen interview skills and explore current job openings. Find your local center by visiting CareerOneStop.org.

Looking for a fresh start? Check out MySkillsMyFuture.org to discover different careers that build off of your existing skills, connect you to free training programs and even find employers in your area looking to hire. The site also shows how much different jobs pay near you or across the country, as well as the additional skills you'll need to succeed.

Not sure what career is right for you? Visit MyNextMove.org to find the job that's the perfect fit. Fill out a questionnaire listing your interests and abilities, and get suggestions for different employment paths in more than 900 careers. This site will also identify local apprenticeship and certificate programs to help you train and get a job in high-growth industries.

Are you a veteran? “My Next Move for Vets” is designed just for you! Enter your military occupation code and the site matches your military skills to civilian jobs. If you're a post-9/11 era veteran, you can also download a Veterans Gold Card at DOL.gov/VETS to get specialized services from your local American Job Center.

Don't have Internet access at home? We've partnered with local libraries all around the country to make sure that you always have a place to log on to our online resources. Most American Job Centers offer free access for those looking for a job, too.

Have more questions? Call us. You can reach our toll-free helpline at (866) 4-USA-DOL for the most up to date resources. Nearly 160,000 people do it each month.

The United States Department of Labor has other resources to help you find a first job, new job or different career. And our services are free. Happy Labor Day!

Hilda Solis is the 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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John September 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM
A tip I'll give since I've know a lot of people recently looking for work; Watch out for spam/scams. When you get your resume out there you're likely to be contacted by companies that want you to perform sales duties on 100% commission. However, their contact email will never state this. Instead, they use fake job title, most involving the word "manager." Google and http://glassdoor.com are your friends. If you get contacted by a company, do a search. If it's a 100% commissions job, it'll likely show up on page one. Then search Glass Door. Even some MLM's pose as "real" jobs. Even if you get sucked into an interview, watch out of stuff like this: 1) It's a group interview. If so, just say you're going to the bathroom, then climb out the window. 2) The person interviewing you talks about their "opportunity" and says you can make six figures. 3) The interview is more about the the company and how much you can make and very little about you, your skills, past jobs, references, etc... 4) The manager interviewing you is very young - early 20's. I'm sorry but legitimate corporations don't have 24 year-olds conducting jobs interviews for salaried positions. Some of these outfits flat out lie during interviews - state there's a base pay of say $35,000 but it's either a draw on commission or the base pay doesn't kick in until after some kind of probation period.
Patrick H. September 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Excellent tip(s). Thanks.
Patrick H. September 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thank you and God Bless. Regardless of what else happens all we have and all we are are our beliefs and our ethics. Stand tall and fight on. People can make a difference.
jnrentz1 September 05, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Treci Johnson; A very important article, Thank you.
Rodger Findiesen September 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I concur with the comments of Bad Statistics, John and shoemailshop. They mirror what 3 years of weekly job club hosting has uncovered.


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