Jobs, Careers & Education

  • Résumé Writing


    For more Details and Step-by-Step help, See our Résumé Page.

    Resumes

    Briefly, our recommendations for creating a résumé are:
    1. www.jobgateway.pa.gov (CareerLink)
    2. Google Drive template or blank document (must have free Gmail account first)
    3. Microsoft Word -- start from scratch


    Career Research


    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Career Page
    -- includes "how-to" videos so you can create an email or a résumé at your own pace.


    Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale's Career Page

    Job and Career info Center at CLP

    PA Workforce -- Careers in Demand and Occupational Wages

    RileyGuide (job search and career & school exploration)

    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    (US Dept of Labor)

    My Next Move -- "What do you want to do for a living?" by US Dep't. of Labor. Also help for veterans.

    Here to Help - Resources for Coping in Tough Economic Times
    (state of PA)

    Occupational Information
    by region
    (O*Net -- research careers, including section for veterans)

    Bureau of Labor Statistics (surveys about jobs, including wages)

    Glassdoor
    Salary and workplace reviews


  • Education


    GED information

    • GED Testing Service (including scheduling test)
    • Goodwill -- Free GED prep classes (including a site in McKeesport). 412-632-1841. Goodwill
    • Goodwill's RISE Project for ages 17-24. Free GED, driver's education, lunches, hand tools PLUS job training in construction and mainenance fields. South Side. 412-632-1742. Goodwill
    • CCAC GED Preparation -- Free class for ages 16 to 24, offered in Braddock. 412-871-5728.Goodwill

    Office Systems Training

    • by CCAC, FREE in Braddock and downtown Pgh.-- 500 hours of individual 'MOST' instruction and job placement, in email, data, Excel, Word, filing, PowerPoint, customer service and more. 412-373-6440.
    • by Goodwill. 412-632-1706. Goodwill

    Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success (for youth ages 14-21)

    Circles of Greater Pittsburgh:
    Do you need help to reach your goals, get a full-time job, or manage your money? You are invited to weekly meetings in McKeesport to learn skills and get support. 412-465-0840.

    Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council --
    www.gplc.org
    Computer Skills Training & GED Preparation, Basic Skills (reading, writing, math), English as a Second Language, Work Skills, Family programs.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Student Aid (How to fill out federal student aid application, repayment and forgiveness information)

    Student loan publications -- you can order.

    Financial Aid Toolkit (US Dep't of Education)

    Life's Work -- Free training for those with disabilities or barriers to employment (such as adjudicated youth). Horticultural, office and janitorial training.

    Goodwill -- Job Training and Placement. Food service, retail, janitorial/housekeeping and more. On bus lines 91 and 93. 412-632-1706Goodwill.


    Colleges and Financial Aid

    American Education Sources

    College Board Online (Big Future)

    College Navigator (US Dept. of Education)

    CollegeNET Home Page

    College Affordability Comparisons

    Crestar Student Lending

    FinAid

    Financial Aid Toolkit (US Dept. of Education)

    Niche (explore colleges and statistics)

    Noodle (explore college info and reviews)

    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

    Peterson's Education Center

    Princeton Review (research schools)

    Schmoop (test prep, links to schools)

    Scholarship Owl (find scholarships)

    Scholly (find scholarships)

    Start Class (college directory with statistics)

    Trade Schools, Colleges, & Universities Directory


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    Job Searches

    If you are interested in working for a particular company, be sure to visit their website.

    For example, www.walmart.com is the official Wal-Mart site. If you do a google search for jobs at Wal-Mart, you will see many sites that will not actually allow you to apply for a job. Only www.walmart.com has the official application.

    • PA Job Gateway
      (new name for
      PA Career Link.
      The Allegheny County office is at 2040 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh (Forest Hills), with free orientations every Thursday 9am-3pm.
      412-436-2225.
      Serious about your job search? Click here.
      They can help with your Participant ID, résumé preparation, interview skills,researching in-demand jobs, financial aid for education, dealing with a criminal background, and connecting to services like LIHEAP, homelessness, and bill paying help. Some locations have free computer workshops. You will likely need to visit the office multiple times to get the most complete help.
      Note: they have a direct no-wait phone line to the unemployment office if you have trouble getting through. Also, if you get an invitation for unemployment PREP, you must go by the 2nd invitation or you will be ineligible for unemployment.)
      PA Career Link / Job Gateway

    • PaCareerLink
      (old Career Link page)

    • Linked In
      (networking, including Jobs listings)

    • My Next Move
      (US Dept of Labor)

    • America's Job Bank / CareerOneStop
      (US Dept of Labor)

    • PA Civil Service job listings

    • Federal job listings

    • PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
      The OVR provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. In order to be eligible, they need to have a verifiable disability. 412-253-4950.
    • Games for Job seekers
      Play on your mobile device -- it's FREE! Get Dressed, Prepared and Hired! Android, iOS or Amazon.

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    Job Search Engines

    These sites collect listings of available jobs. Consider the results to be leads. It is best to follow-up on official company sites for the most accurate information.

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