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At Your Local American Job Center

Career Centers 

At a Department of Labor office located at your local American Job Center, job seekers can learn to create a résumé, brush up on interview and networking skills, develop an education program to launch a new career, find solid job leads, and get the tools, information and support they need to conduct their own job search or make a career change. 

With offices statewide, we bring job seekers together with potential employers through easy access to a wide variety of job and career information services.  

We register individuals for employment by gathering  important information about skills, education, background and employment history.  Counseling, testing or job training may be appropriate before referral to jobs. 

We also have representatives who assist military veterans, persons with disabilities, youth, older workers and others with special needs.  The Federal Bonding program may be able to assist ex-offenders and individuals with other problems who may have difficulty in finding a job because employers will not or cannot hire without some assurance or protection against possible loss. 

 
The Career Centers feature these services:

  • Self Service and Career Resource Areas

    • Job Listings

    • Newspapers

    • Phones, fax, copier

    • Computers

    • Internet access, word processing

    • Resource information, books, videos

    • Information on education and skills training

    • Information and referral to other support services

    • Information on employment, wage and economic trends
       

  • Workshops include:

    • Job Search Skills

    • Networking

    • Résumé Writing

    • Skills Identification

    • Internet Job Search

    • Career Exploration

    • Interviewing Techniques

    • Overcoming Age Barriers

Schedules and registration for workshops are available on our Web site at  www.ctdol.state.ct.us or contact the center nearest you.

Department of Labor Web Site

Our Web site, www.ctdol.state.ct.us offers a wealth of information and services to assist in the job search.  Some of the highlights include Connecticut's Job Bank, Job & Career ConneCTion and Labor Market Information.

Connecticut's Job Bank/America's Job Bank 

There are over 1 million job openings posted throughout the country, state and your community.  This computerized network links state employment service offices nationwide to provide job seekers with the largest pool of active job opportunities available.  Job seekers can search jobs representing all types of work, from management to clerical sales, from professional and technical to blue collar. 

There is also an electronic résumé service for job seekers and employers.  Job seekers enter their résumés online and employers search the résumés for qualified candidates.  Features include:

  • Career and job search information

  • Hot links to other job-related Web sites

  • Attractive, standardized résumé format

  • Cover letters

  • Security and confidentiality of information

  • Links to other local services and information

  • Job Scout - automatically notifies you by e-mail whenever a job that matches your skills is listed on America's Job Bank

Job & Career ConneCTion

Provides the most comprehensive source of local information on jobs and careers in Connecticut. Features include:

  • Local wages, number of job openings and projected growth rate of occupations

  • Descriptions of over 800 occupations including education, training and licensing requirements

  • Detailed information on over 140,000 Connecticut employers, including maps to their locations

  • Search for local services: child care, transportation, health care and housing

  • Connecticut education, training and financial aid information

Visit www.ctdol.state.ct.us for more information on:

Public computers are available at our centers and libraries statewide. Our goal is to assist you in obtaining employment as soon as possible.

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