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Find Education and Training Opportunities to Build a New Career

If you’ve lost a job or want to change career paths, you can take advantage of education and training opportunities to help you build new skills.

The Department of Labor offers training programs through Career OneStop. You can find short-term trainings, certification programs, apprenticeship opportunities and more.

You’ll also find resources for further professional development in your current career and ways to update your skills to be more marketable to employers.

If you’re considering student loans to help finance any training or education, learn the process of applying for student loans and managing student loan debt.

Find more education and training opportunities.

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Know What an Employer Looks At When You Apply for a Job

When you apply for a job, your potential employer will look at the application you complete as well as the resume you submit.

They can also request a background report, which includes information about your credit history, criminal record and driving record. This can only be done with your permission, however, if you refuse, you might not be hired.

So before you apply to a job, you should get a copy of your credit report so you know what any potential employer might see. If there’s incorrect information, you can correct it. You can also be ready to explain any negative information to your potential employer. You can get a free credit report by visiting annualcreditreport.com.

Many employers will also look you up online. They can see any public information on social networking sites or other public information that comes up attached to your name. Make sure you search for yourself online so you see what potential employers might find. If you have inappropriate content posted on any of your social profiles, you might want to delete it or make it private.

Learn more about what potential employers look at when you apply for jobs.

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Are You Looking for a Job? We Can Help

Are you looking for a job? These resources can help you find a position that’s a good fit.

  • Career OneStop - You can search for jobs and explore different career options. You can also get tips to help improve your resume and interview skills.
  • Find a government job - If you’re looking for a government job, USAJobs.gov is the place where you can find all job opportunities posted. You can also use the USAJobs iPhone app to search for and apply to jobs. Get advice on how to write a strong federal resume by watching this video.
  • Find local help - The Department of Labor has offices all over the country that offer employment assistance programs. Find an office near you.
  • Read Focused Jobseeking - This free publication offers guidelines for taking control of your job search.

Find more information and services to help you get a job.

If you’re currently unemployed, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance until you find a new job. Find out what benefits are available and if you qualify.

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Get Help Dealing with Stress

Financial struggles can put a strain on your mental health. Stress about job security, paying the bills, putting food on the table, and making ends meet for your family can build over time to unhealthy levels.

This stress can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more.

If you notice signs of increasing stress, like excessive fatigue, apathy or increased irritability, you can take steps to manage your stress levels.

  • Try to keep things in perspective and recognize the good things you have going on in your life.
  • Participate in physical activity to blow off steam and release extra stress.
  • Develop new skills that could help you land a new job.

However, if you or someone you know seems desperate and may be considering suicide or other forms of self harm, seek help immediately by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Learn more about how to deal with stress from tough economic times.

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There are laws to protect you when you have to make changes to your health insurance. This video explains your rights.