Job Seeker Services

Information on Job Openings and Referral to Job Openings: Any customers wishing information on job openings may peruse the newspapers and other periodicals in the resource area, conduct a search on the internet in the Computer Orientation Service area or conduct a search on America's Job Bank. Career Center Job Developers will facilitate referral to America's Job Bank or other listed job openings if necessary.

Information and Referral to Training and Educational Opportunities: The Career Center Resource Areas offer customers a variety of information on training and education opportunities. Information and referral to outstationed resources are provided in a group setting by workshop leaders and on an individual basis by Career Center Case Managers and Counselors. Appropriate eligible individuals may have their training or education funded by one of the Career Center partners. Those who are not eligible for this funding may meet with a representative of the Education Opportunity Center to discuss career decisions and alternative sources of funding for their training or education needs, including assistance in applying for federal financial aid.

Access to Labor Market Information: Labor market information is presented initially during the Career Center Orientation and later during counseling. Job seekers are also able to do market research on their own through resource materials available at the Career Centers.

Participation in Job Search Workshops: Any interested customers may attend (one or more) Career Center Workshops. Workshops are planned around resume writing, interview skills, networking, and virtually every job search modality.

Unemployment Insurance Technical Assistance and Registration Help: Eligible job seekers are offered income maintenance, issue resolution, the ability to receive assistance in the use of the automated phone claim system, and the opportunity to file claims for unemployment insurance on-site.

Assessment, Career Counseling and Development of Customer Action Plans: Career Center staff will offer customers an initial assessment, which will include an assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, abilities and supportive service needs. Customers desiring the development of action plans will meet with a Career Counselor from the appropriate partner agency. The Counselor will help the customer develop an individualized plan which will define the steps and resources necessary to take to achieve self-sufficiency, gainful employment and economic prosperity.

Job Placement Assistance: Career Center staff will direct job seekers to the America's Job Bank and contact companies regarding positions for which they are qualified.

Supportive Services: Counselors will determine the job seekers' need for supplemental assistance in order to succeed in employment. These could include the resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency, gainful employment and economic prosperity, such as child care or transportation, or similar services. Individuals who do not qualify for supportive services will be referred by Career Center staff to local sources of help.

Computer Orientation Services: Eligible job seekers may utilize the Computer labs located at each of the three Career Centers of Bristol County. The sixty hour course includes instruction in keyboarding, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access