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How can an American Job Center help you?

American Job Centers (AJCs) provide free help to job seekers for a variety of career and employment-related needs. Nearly 2,400 AJCs, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, are located throughout the United States.

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Need help finding a job, changing careers, or getting the training you need to move ahead? Check out your local American Job Center. With locations across the country, American Job Centers offer a variety of free services for jobseekers whether you are entry-level or a seasoned professional. Most centers have a resource room with computers, printers and phones. You can access online job banks, resume software, and other job search resources. You can learn about your local job market, work on your resume, apply for jobs, or complete other employment related activities. Often you can make an appointment to get personal assistance, to make a job search plan, finding training options, or learn about job openings. You can also find out if you qualify for special employment assistance for youth, veterans, persons with disabilities, or dislocated workers. Many centers offer free classes, job search workshops, and help to practice interviewing, set career goals, or get answers to questions or concerns you have about your career or job search. American Job Centers are also a great place to learn about other resources in your community. Some centers can help you find out how to apply for SNAP food benefits, emergency funds, Medicaid, child care, and other types of assistance. Whatever your employment needs, make sure you tap into the free resources at your local American Job Center. In some states, centers may have a different name, but they offer similar services and are all sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with state and local government. Find your nearest American Job Center by visiting CareerOneStop.org/JobCenter

American Job Center resource rooms

All comprehensive AJCs offer free access to a resource room which includes computers with internet, telephones, and fax machines. These rooms are open to the public on a self-service basis. Staff are typically available to assist job seekers with building a resume, general career exploration, and job search. COVID-19 update: Please note that many AJCs are temporarily closed or shifted to virtual services. Visit American Job Center Finder to find the latest updates from your state. If you need to file for unemployment insurance, please visit Unemployment Benefits Finder.

American Job Center career counseling and workshops

AJCs also have experienced career counselors on staff that work with job seekers to identify their interests, assess their skills and abilities and advise them on in-demand jobs and potential training opportunities. Many AJCs also offer recruiting events, workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search activities.

Services vary by location but can include:

  • Resource rooms with phones, free internet and resume writing tools
  • Employment plan development
  • Job training services
  • Job search assistance
  • Career counseling
  • Practice interviewing
  • Skills testing
  • Labor market and employer information
  • Employment workshops
  • Supportive services (which can include information about SNAP, financial assistance, Medicaid, training services, child care, emergency funds, and other benefits)
  • Hiring events and business service information
  • Accessibility and special accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Referrals to community resources and other agencies, and more
  • Access to CareerOneStop's Worker ReEmployment website for laid-off workers
  • Access to your state’s job bank or CareerOneStop’s national Job Finder
  • Unemployment insurance information

Types of American Job Centers:

  • Comprehensive American Job Centers - Provide a full array of employment and training related services for workers, youth and businesses. These locations include the mandatory Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners on-site. Learn more about WIOA.
  • Affiliate American Job Centers - Provide limited employment and training related services for workers, youth, and businesses. These locations do not include all the mandatory Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners (i.e., Veterans, Vocational Rehabilitation) on-site.