CHARLESTON - In recognition of the upcoming Labor Day holiday and the meaning behind its origin, The U.S. Department of Labor has released information and tips on the methods the public need to utilize to acquire employment that offers a decent salary, and how to acquire the necessary education and training to make this feat possible.
The information provided states that by the year 2020, 17 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require a postsecondary certificate or degree. In fact, employers are actively
looking to fill nearly 4 million job openings in America right now. Getting the skills employers want and need are critical to a successful career. Here are a few helpful tips in your search for a new position that offers a competitive wage and benefit package to properly provide for you and your family.
Your first step is to contact the Workforce for WV Center Employment office, with the closest one being located in Logan County (contact number is 304-792-7010). The employment agency has a list of vacancies in Southern WV as well as several in Eastern Ky. You can also check out the American Job Center website, which is an accumulation of nearly 3,000 “one-stop-shops” that are part of a nationwide network where you can work with experts to update your resume, strengthen interview skills and explore current job openings. Find your local center by visiting http://www.careeronestop.org/, and typing in your zip code.
Looking for a fresh start? Check out http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/ to discover different careers that build off of your existing skills, connect you to free training programs and even find employers in your area looking to hire. The site also shows how much different jobs pay near you or across the country, as well as the additional skills you’ll need to succeed.
Not sure what career is right for you? Visit http://www.mynextmove.org/ to find the job that’s the perfect fit. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire listing your interests and abilities, and you will receive suggestions for different employment paths in more than 900 careers.
This site will also identify local apprenticeship and certificate programs to help you train and get a job in high-growth industries.
Are you a veteran? “My Next Move for Vets” is designed just for you. Enter your military occupation code and the site matches your military skills to civilian jobs. If you’re a post 9-11 era veteran, you can also download a Veterans Gold Card at http://www.dol.gov/VETS/ to get specialized services from your local American Job Center.
If you do not have internet access at home, the U.S. Dept. of Labor has partnered with local
libraries all around the country to make sure that you always have a place to log on to our online resources. Most American Job Centers also offer free access for those looking for a job.
If you have additional questions or require more information or assistance, you may reach the Labor Dept.’s toll-free helpline at (866) 4-USA-DOL for the most up-to-date resources. Nearly 160,000 people make the call each month.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has other resources to help you find a first job, new job or different career. These services are offered at no charge to the public.