Unemployed workers in the Seattle area have a variety of options when it comes to finding employment. From help with resumes to interview tips to job placement assistance, these five locations are there to help.
Opportunity Center For Employment & Education
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education is located on the North Seattle Community College campus. The center offers multiple financial packages to help the unemployed get the education they need to compete in the workforce. They have counselors to assess skills before starting classes, help for enrolled students and job placement information.
King County Veterans Program
Co-located with Public Health-Seattle & King County
2124 4th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98121
The King County Veterans Program helps at-risk (low-income, disabled, single parent, homeless) active members, veterans and their families. The program’s eligibility is based on service length and income levels. The two main and six satellite offices offer employment job help, guidance and assistance. The staff will also help veterans understand their benefits and provide housing assistance, emergency financial help and other supportive services to ease some of the stress while working towards employment.
The Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle Library has multiple resources to help the unemployed. New workers and those who haven’t searched for years will benefit from one-on-one help with interviews, cover letters and resumes. Older workers can profit from the free computer help and classes. Women looking for work in construction and industrial areas can use the workshops, job counseling, financial support and apprenticeship on these nontraditional female trades. They library also offers help and test preparation, for a variety of occupations including: civil service, firefighters, law enforcement, military and real estate.
Women’s Business Center
1437 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98144
The Women’s Business Center is an all-inclusive assistance program for those wanting to start a new business. The center offers business and financial management instruction, daily support and on-site business consulting. Budding entrepreneurs also have access to conference rooms, a variety of office machines, telephones and message services. With many businesses failing, this center’s help and support could provide the extra piece to success.
WorkSource Downtown Resources And Services
2024 3rd Ave., 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121
Not having internet access or fax machines can make job hunting even more difficult. At the Worksource Services, unemployed adults can come in and use their computers, phones and fax machines to locate work. They also hold employment workshops and help with resumes and cover letters. For those who do have internet access, they offer online computer training and skills classes.
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