Job Seeker Services

Central Region PA CareerLink® offices offer a variety of services, programs, and workshops designed to help you determine what jobs best match your interests and skills, learn new workplace skills, find employment, and meet personal career goals.
All of the services are offered to the general public at no charge.

 

What to expect on your first visit
First time visitors to the PA CareerLink® will receive an initial assessment to determine their skills, interests, and plan of action to meet their individual goals.  Staff are available to provide individualized coaching and referrals to PA CareerLink® and outside services as needed.  PA CareerLink® staff are trained to provide job seekers with labor market information as well as training opportunities.

 

Job Search Resources
The PA CareerLink® Career Resource Areas provide job seekers with free access to tools and resources that support a comprehensive job search.

Use the computers to access PA’s JobGateway
Post your resume on the PA CareerLink® job bank
Write, print and copy your resume
Learn about employment trends and job postings
Attend on-site employer recruiting events

 

Workshops
Whether it is on paper, during an interview, or on the job, PA CareerLink® can help you get noticed by employers. A variety of workshops are offered daily to teach job seekers the skills they need to succeed as they compete in the job market.

Among the topics:
Resume and Cover Letter Preparation
Interviewing Skills
Job Search Strategies
Job Retention and Advancement Skills
Computer Skills and Software Training
And many more…

Click here for a schedule of all available workshops at a PA CareerLink® near you

 

Career Exploration and Personal Assessments
PA CareerLink® can help you identify opportunities for skills development and training and determine what jobs best match your interests and skills. You’ll have access to the information you need to make decisions about career choices, education, and training.
WorkKeys® Career Readiness WorkKeys has proven to be a valuable tool to help people identify job skills and market those skills to employers.
Information on High Priority Occupations and wages
Aptitudes and Interests Surveys
Education & Training opportunities
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Employer.
PA CareerLink® is a registered trademark of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
WorkKeys® is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc.

 

Occupational Skills Training for Unemployed and Employed Workers
Occupational Skills Training programs must provide a certificate of completion and increase an individual’s ability to obtain a job, enter a new career path or receive a promotion that leads to self-sufficiency. Our goal is that Occupational Skills Training will result in full-time employment that pays family sustaining wages and offers health care benefits.

Through the WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker Program, The PA CareerLink® can assist in establishing an Individual Training Account (ITA) for eligible individuals who are in need of Occupational Skills Training in order to become gainfully employed, re-employed or qualify for a better employment situation. An ITA provides funding for an individual to obtain training for occupations in growing industries, as identified on the Central Pennsylvania High Priority Occupations list. While many jobs identified on the list do not require a four year degree, they may require a certificate or credentialing program.

Trainings for High Priority Occupations are provided by a variety of Eligible Training Providers throughout the Region. Locate an Eligible Training Provider near you. Contact your local PA CareerLink® to find out if you qualify for this service.

 

On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Through the WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker Program, On-the-Job Training is available for individuals who already possess some job-related skills and have been laid off, are making career changes or are re-entering the labor force. An OJT gives the individual an opportunity to acquire new job-specific skills and knowledge, while receiving the same wages and benefits as current employees in the same or similar position. Contact your local PA CareerLink® to find out if you qualify for this service.

Workforce Development

CSO is a partner in the PA CareerLink® system.  The PA CareerLink® features professionally staffed offices that provide a variety of services for job seekers and employers.  CSO staff members and other PA CareerLink® partners have the knowledge and resources to match local talent to fill employer needs.  LEARN MORE...

Community Action

CSO Community Action works hard to change lives and communities. Families often struggle to make ends meet. Single parents and single-income families can’t stretch their paycheck far enough to cover their basic needs. Low income workers can’t always provide for their families. LEARN MORE...

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