Job Opportunities and Employment Resources
Help Getting a Job
Excellent resources providing valuable help and support in finding a job including free seminars, training workshops, information and resources to help with job searching, resume writing, interviewing skills, and even help obtaining business attire clothing for that important interview!
- Resume Help.org - Offers free cover letter and resume writing help and tips, as well as interviewing tips and tools to help you find a job.
- Top Job-Hunting Mistakes and How NOT to Make Them - A short but very helpful article from the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group about common job-hunting mistakes and how you can avoid making them.
- 16 Ways to Revolutionize Your Social Work Job Search - According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for social workers in the United States is on the rise. Take charge of your social work job search with these 16 tips.
- Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut Career Centers - Responding to the high unemployment rate, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has opened new Career Centers that offer one-on-one job hunting guidance and employment resources. Centers are currently located in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Milford, Danielson, and Norwalk. The next one will open in Greenwich. Services are available free to anyone looking for a new job. Learn about Cover Letters and References, Resume Basics, Job Search, Internet and Email Basics, Strategies for Job Seekers Over 50, Interview Skills, Application, Proper Attire, and more! For complete schedule of workshops at all centers, see Career Centers
- Business Attire and Career Help
The following organizations in the Hartford area provide donated business attire clothing for low-income and disadvantaged individuals to help you look and feel your best at interviews and on the job. They also provide help preparing for your interview and your career.
For women:Dress for Success - Hartford
280 Trumbull Street, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
The "Suiting Program" is the first of many steps in a client's path towards self-sufficiency and the actualization of her professional goals. See Suiting Program for more info. Call (860) 525-5015 for help.
For men and women:Suit-a-Sister/Bless-a-Brother
Capitol Region Conference of Churches
60 Lorraine Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Contact: Karen Bush, Clothing Donation Program, (860) 236-1295 ext. 20
The Suit-a-Sister/Bless-a-Brother program helps low income and disadvantaged men and women throughout Greater Hartford who are entering or re-entering the workforce. The program provides clients with clothing appropriate for an interview or for work in a professional environment.
Suit-a-Sister/Bless-a-Brother also accepts donations of suits, dress shirts, ties, and other clothing suitable for the work environment to help men and women in Greater Hartford dress the part as they get a new start. They are collecting in-season, gently worn, professional attire for men and women (suits, dresses, blouses, dress shirts, dress slacks, sweaters, sports jackets, coats, etc.). Clothing must be in like-new condition and should be appropriate for the workplace. Men's clothing and plus-sized items are particularly needed. Casual clothing, shoes, and jewelry are not currently accepted.
For additional information, please contact Karen Bush at (860) 236-1295 ext. 20.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities.
- American Job Centers (formerly Connecticut Works) - American Job Centers provides services to both job seekers and employers. Services for job seekers include career counseling, help with your employment search, skills training such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and more. Employers can receive recruiting, job training, and related support. There are presently eighteen American Job Centers located throughout Connecticut:
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