Employment and Job Seeking

Resources to help you build an effective resume and cover letter, tools to help you find and apply for jobs in your area, information about filing for unemployment, and helpful links for business owners.

Man in a suit, holding out hand to shakeUse the links below to navigate:

All-in-one Sites

If you’re brand new to the job hunt, start here. These sites will get you started on a resume, help you determine what skills and training you may need, and help you search for available career opportunities.

Access Washington: Employment
Includes resources to help job-seekers learn new skills, find jobs, find valuable unemployment information, learn about worker’s rights, wages, and safety, find services for individuals with disabilities, research licenses, laws, and regulations, and get information about retirement.

CareerOneStop: Careers and Career Information
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and has a large collection of job and career resources in one location. Get resume and interview assistance, look at state job banks and other niche job sites, find education and training opportunities, and much more. Also check out their new tool: mySkills myFuture.

Occupation Explorer, Washington State Employment Security Department
The Career Center allows you to quickly find information for over 800 occupations. The Career Center will help you: Select your skills to come up with a career that fits you; Find out what kinds of training you might need for the career you want, and where to get that training, and; Learn what occupations fit the skills you need as an employer.

WorkSource: Services for Job Seekers
WorkSource centers offer a number of services for job seekers – see what they have available and find the WorkSource center in your area.

Pacific Lutheran University: Job Search Skills
Geared toward students, PLU’s “Office of Career Development" site is a great tool for those getting ready to graduate from college and join the workforce. Click on the "Dcuments and Forms" page to check out their job search checklist, find cover letter and interviewing resource, networking tips, and much more.

University of Washington Career Center: Web Resources
The Career Center has developed an extensive list of links to various job- and career-related websites and resources, categorized by theme, which will help point you towards the resources and information you need. Find information on assessing and exploring your career options, company and industry research, grad school, networking, salary information and job application sites, and a lot more. Check out their 2009-2010 Career Guide (36-page pdf), which features step-by-step help in building your resume, acing your interviews, and finding the job that is right for you. We also like their Crash Course in Finding a Job (4-page pdf) and their Careers with Social Impact (4-page pdf).


Resume Help

Use the all-in-one sites above to learn what makes an effective Resume. Then use the tools and templates below to build one.

Online Resume Builders


VisualCV is an excellent tool for experienced professionals looking to create a detailed online curriculum vitae (CV). Inputting your work and educational history is easy, and users have the options of uploading or linking to videos, images, and presentations they’ve created. VisualCV is not an ideal choice for those who want a printed CV, but a good option for those who want an online viewable CV or Resume.

Resume Templates

There are hundreds of free Resume templates out there in the form of clear templates and samples. If you don't want to use the online Resume builders mentioned above, simply input "sample Resume" in your favorite search engine, or check out these templates:

Microsoft Office Online: Templates to use with MS Word 

Google Docs: Resume and Cover Letter Templates


Find A Job

Additional employment resources may be found in this site's sections for special populations: Disabled / Special Needs; Spanish-Speakers; Seniors; and Veterans.

Job Search Sites and Resources

Access Washington: Get A Job
Employment assistance and job-search tools, including links to various state and national government jobs, jobs for teens, and apprenticeship programs. To jump straight to the job-search screen, click on Search for Jobs via Worksource Washington.

American Job Center
As the cornerstone of the Amercican Job Center Network, this site provides a single access point - open 24-7 to key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and gain skills in growing industries.

CareerOneStop: General Job Boards | Niche Job Boards
The best way to ensure that you don't miss your dream job posting is to search in as many places as possible. Search different job boards to find jobs in your fields of interest. WorkSource has some additional local and specialty job boards as well.

OnlineNewspapers.com: Washington Newspapers
Many jobs are still posted in local newspapers, which are often available online. Find your local newspaper (or the paper for a community you’re interested in working in) on this list.

Indeed.com - One of the bigger, easier to use sites. Job listings are culled from numerous job search databases.

SnagAJob.com - Find a job with an hourly payrate that requires little to no experience.

Freelance Jobs & Temp Work

Make some money while you're waiting for permanent employment. Most areas have a number of temp agencies, and if you have a computer and internet access at home, you can also bid yourself out for freelance jobs online.

Find a Temp Agency
Go to http://maps.google.com and in the search box input 'Temp Agency near YOURCITYHERE, WA'(e.g. this search near Olympia). 

Online Freelancing Sites
Online freelance work varies greatly, but there is a lot of call for fairly simple writing tasks, as well as demand for more complex graphical, web, and computer programming expertise. If you're new to the idea of online freelancing, you should check out these articles that outline the dos and don'ts of freelancing and highlight the differences between the major freelancer websites.

The Thrifty Geek: Are Freelance Sites Worth It?

There are numerous freelance sites out there, but these are the four major general sites:

Elance | Guru.com | oDesk | Freelancer.com

Another take on freelance work can be found with Amazon's Mechanical Turk program, which lets you make money by working on HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks). These are often very easy and redundant tasks (as easy and redundant as clicking a button over and over), which means no expertise is required, and since there is plenty of work to go around there is less competition for each job.

Amazon Mechanical Turk: A Marketplace for Work

After all that, if you still need cash, fast, read:

Daily Finance: 25 Unusual Ways to Make Quick Money


Employment Security Department: Unemployment Benefits for Job-Seekers
File online, learn about eligibility, get your job-search log, extend your benefits, and file your weekly claims. Also has information on job-training and other opportunities for job-seekers.

CareerOneStop: ReEmployment Portal
Get help with unemployment benefits, find help for job hunting after a job loss, learn about possibilities with career changing, and find resources to help update your skills.


Resources for Business Owners

WA Department of Financial Institutions: Small Business Assistance
Washington State's DFI has helpful links for small businesses, including links to help find public and private resources, information on incorporating within Washington State, help on licensing a business, and much more.

U.S. Small Business Administration: Your Small Business Resource
Find resources to help you start, manage, and expand your small business in Washington State. Online tools and resources help you increase your business knowledge and productivity. Check out the WA District Office for more local help.

Reference on the Web: Help for Small Business
A collection of resources put together by Carolyn Fang in the July 2010 issue of Booklist. Includes resources to help small business owners, inventors, and other entrepreneurs.