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Resources specifically chosen to help job seekers and workers upgrade their skills

Where can I find adult education classes in my community?

I want to get a better job. Are there online resources I can use to get ready to pass the GED or to improve specific skills?

What government programs are available to help me upgrade my skills and/or find a new job?

I’m ready for a career change! What’s online that will help me?

Check these resources for answers to your questions!

Where can I find adult education classes in my community?

America's Literacy Directory (ALD) is a good place to start your search. To use the ALD web site, simply “click” on the link below and follow directions. Next, enter your location and choose the kind of classes you are looking for! Since a variety of national, state, and local literacy organizations contribute data to ALD, this site offers up-to-date information about literacy programs in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The ALD is a service of the National Institute for Literacy and its partners: the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, and Verizon.

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I want to get a better job. Are there online resources I can use to get ready to pass the GED or to improve specific skills?

Yes, the LINCS Special Collections are a great source of learning materials organized around a specific area. Each collection has a button to choose the materials useful to adult learners. Choose the special collection of the area you want to study, and click on the button for student/learner resources. Or if you prefer, follow the direct links below to learner materials for each area.
Science and Numeracy
Technology Training
English as a Second Language
Health and Literacy
Literacy and Learning Disabilities
Correctional Education

Mathematics for manufacturing: Student workbook
Try this site if you’re looking for practical math worksheets and you’re not familiar with manufacturing processes. These exercises can be easily adapted to relate to other industries and will be especially helpful to teachers. The workbook is designed to provide a functional context for math instruction in the Bridge to Advanced Technological Education and Employment Project.

Plain Train
Get on board the Plain Train if you want to learn about the use of plain language. This site features helpful tips and techniques for improving work-related communication skills. Did you know that your choice of words should be based on what will be clearer for your reader? What does your reader most want to know? What is your main message or theme? Decide what information must be included and what can be left out. All aboard…

Adult Learning Activities : Working
Here are a variety of work-themed story interactive lessons for adults who are studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or Adult Basic Skills (ABE). This site provides content for both beginning and intermediate students learning about reading, writing, and vocabulary. Some stories include a video.

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What government programs are available to help me upgrade my skills and/or find a new job?

Adult training programs, Employment and training administration
Visit the Adult Programs page of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration to locate a comprehensive list of links to information about government programs and additional helpful sites. Some of the programs and services offered are restricted to particular groups including young people entering the workforce, Native Americans, senior citizens, laid-off workers, or persons with disabilities and special needs.

FirstGov is the U.S. government’s official web portal to all online government services.

Job Seekers at ETA
The Job Seekers section of the Employment and Training Administration Website (ETA) provides information on every step of the job search process - dealing with the loss of a job, researching new opportunities, finding training to acquire different skills, starting a new job and making long-term career plans.

Be sure to also check out these ETA links:
America’s One-Stop system
If you’re looking for links to employment opportunities and education & training services at the local, state, and national level, this site’s for you! These resources and links are provided for job seekers, trainers, and other workforce development professionals.

Layoff-Related Services (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
If you’ve been laid-off or lost your job, add these links about benefits, services, and useful resources for dislocated workers to your search strategy. This site offers information for workers, employers, and workforce development professionals. To access additional programs and services for workers who have been laid off or are anticipating a lay off, check out the Laid-off workers page.

Unemployment insurance
Check out this site if you’ve lost your job and need assistance filing an unemployment claim or determining your eligibility for benefits. Visit your state’s web site and learn the right way to file for benefits or extended benefits.

America's Job Bank
Go to this site to investigate other job opportunities across-the-country posted by employers.

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I’m ready for a career change! What’s online that will help me

America’s Career Information Network (ACInet)
The ACInet was created to serve as a clearinghouse for career and occupational information gathered from reliable public and private sources. These links offer up-to-date information on wages and trends and the knowledge, skills and abilities employers are seeking in job candidates. Dig deeper and you’ll find state-by-state profiles and some of the best career exploration tools on the Web.

Are you seeking your first job, looking to make a career change, or wanting to advance your current career? Start your steps toward success with CareerOneStop! Here you may gain access to a multitude of digital job-seeking resources including job and resume banks, career service providers, and valuable information on labor market trends and tips.

Career planning guide for adult learners
Calvin Coish's Career Planning Guide for Adult Learners includes true stories about the world of work, goal setting tips, job search strategies as well as information on writing effective resumes and building better skills to succeed in the interview process.

Tips for finding the right job
Do you feel stuck or need help determining a viable career path? Would you benefit from feedback to help you evaluate your interests and skills? If so, try reading this paper on “marketing” yourself through better resumes and application letters. Make the most of job interviews and learn new approaches to test-taking. A list of related print resources is included.

These additional resources will be helpful for job seekers.

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