Navigating the Department of Employment is different in every state; nevertheless, knowing what the Department of Employment should be providing to you is vital if you have recently lost your job. If you are one of the unlucky 10% to lose your job over the past few months your first stop should be to your states Department of Employment website. On this website you can locate a plethora of resources including training and education, resume services, employer services, job seeking services, and even on-the-job training to switch fields. Being prepared to embark on the mission to switch jobs through the Department of Employment is no easy task; where do you start?
Your first step is to sign up for unemployment if you have not already done so. This should be done within 24 hours of being released from employment, and earlier if possible. Many states require that you wait for two weeks before receiving your first unemployment check so signing up quickly is a must. Due to the large level of unemployment many states are backed up and are taking far longer to process and verify your application. Be prepared to start your job search immediately as many states require that you apply to a set minimum number of jobs for a few weeks, and complete an online log before receiving services.
The next step is to take an assessment of your skills and accomplishments from your previous position and create a highly convincing marketing piece; your resume. Preparing your resume is a must before accessing any of non-compensation type Department of Employment services.
Finally, call the Department of Employment in your state to determine your eligibility to receive services. A Department of Employment consultant will be able to discuss the services that are relevant to your needs, and sign you up to receive these services. Consider whether you are likely to be rehired in your specific field, and if being rehired requires that you participate in advanced education and training.
There are opportunities for on-the-job training for individuals who have been laid-off from dying fields such as factory work, or old style technology services. Individuals who possess a high school degree or a generic bachelor’s degree should consider this as an opportunity to advance their education with either a technical, certificate, or advanced degree program.
Be as streamlined and methodical as possible when searching for work in your city. One of the best ways to be increase your job search efficiency is to sign up for automatic job alerts. These newer programs are usually free and allow you to know which jobs are available the moment they hit the worldwide web.
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