September is Workforce Development Month, and now is the perfect time to jump into a new career or improve your existing skills. DES and ARIZONA@WORK employment specialists are ready to join you on your employment journey to ensure you have access to the best tools to advance your career.
Here are 5 no-cost employment resources available to you:
1. Search for Jobs on Arizona’s Largest Jobs Database
Arizona Job Connection — the state’s largest jobs database — is a secure, state-run job board that is available to all job seekers and employers. Search for thousands of available jobs posted by employers who are ready to hire immediately. Also, register to build your digital resume and get matched with relevant employers.
In addition to the job openings throughout the state, AJC also lists employment training opportunities. The Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) has state-approved training programs from highly accredited colleges and institutes. Visit the ETPL page or speak with an ARIZONA@WORK staff member to learn how to take advantage of training opportunities.
2. Schedule a Virtual Appointment with an Employment Specialist
Utilize the DES Virtual Employment Scheduler and an employment specialist will meet with you virtually at a time that’s convenient for you, to help with your career goals.
In addition to general employment assistance, specialized employment services are also available virtually for Veterans, Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers whose jobs have been affected by trade to another country, and Reentry services for individuals who were formerly incarcerated. So kick back, relax, and connect with a skilled employment specialist from the comfort of your home.
3. Participate in a Job Fair or Workshop
[email protected] hosts multiple events every week, virtually and in-person throughout the state. Many employers in Arizona are eager to fill positions fast and make themselves available to network and interview potential candidates during these hiring events.
There are employment workshops available as well, from resume building to interview training. If you’re interested in participating in an ARIZONA@WORK employment workshop, browse the current activities listed on the Events page.
4. Explore Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Participating in a registered apprenticeship program is a great opportunity to earn a competitive wage while working towards respected credentials. As an apprentice, you’ll be given an opportunity to work alongside industry experts and gain hands-on experience.
Each apprenticeship program will have a required number of hours to work towards for certification. Apprentices will also have an opportunity to receive no-cost college credits on top of a competitive salary. With nearly 250 apprenticeship programs statewide, there is surely an occupation that is right for you
5. Individuals with Disabilities Can Explore Opportunities with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program
The ultimate goal of the VR program is to help individuals with disabilities prepare for, enter into, or retain employment. VR counselors help provide clients with informed choices based on the client’s specific needs. Opportunities within VR include:
- Vocational counseling and assistance with creating job goals
- Evaluations to determine job skills and interests
- Assistance with training or education
- Help with job interview skills
- Specials, or assistive, technology that is needed for a job
- Assistance with getting to training services, job site and other work related needs
Vist the VR website for more information on the program.
Whether you’re looking to advance your career or find a new beginning, ARIZONA@WORK can help you prepare. No matter your background or skill level, you can connect with local experts to find the tools you need to return stronger. To learn more about ARIZONA@WORK, visit www.ARIZONAatWORK.com.