Jobs, Careers & Education

  • Résumé Writing

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


    Briefly, our recommendations for creating a résumé are:
    1. (CareerLink)
    2. Google Drive template or blank document (must have free Gmail account first)
    3. Microsoft Word -- Do NOT use a template. Type in plain first, and we can help to format afterward.

    Job Searches

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

    For example, 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 has the official application.

    • PA Job Gateway
      (new name for
      PA Career Link.
    • Career Link
      The Allegheny County office is at 2040 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh (Forest Hills), with free orientations every Thursday 9am-3pm.
      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

  • Education

      GED information

      GED --Plus-- Job Training

        • FREE -- for ages 16-24.
          GED, Trades, Associate's Degree.
          Free place to stay, meals, books, tuition, bus pass, plus childcare assistance.
          Call 412-660-8180 or stop in at McK Salvation Army.
        • JobCorps
      • 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
      • Literacy Pittsburgh Literacy Pittsburgh
        Computer Skills Training & GED Preparation, Basic Skills (reading, writing, math), English as a Second Language, Work Skills, Family programs.

      Office Systems / IT Training

      • 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.
      • Auberle IT and computer training (for youth ages 16-24). 412-673-5856.
      • Goodwill. 412-632-1706. Goodwill

      Vocational Training & Counseling

      • Mon Valley Initiative
        Career Counseling, Computer Training
        Mon Valley Initiative

      • OVR (PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)
        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.
        Job training, summer youth jobs -- Pittsburgh area workforce development group that coordinates with programs in the area..
      • Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success (for youth ages 14-21)
      • UPMC Vocational Training:
        Training and jobs with coaching, including for autistic high school students and adults.
      • 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 to learn skills and get support. 412-465-0840.
      • 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.

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    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)

    Salary and workplace reviews


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    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

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


    Financial Aid Toolkit (US Dept. of Education)

    Niche (explore colleges and statistics)

    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)

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

    Student loan publications -- you can order.

    Trade Schools, Colleges, & Universities Directory


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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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