Career Help

If you have lost your employment due to Coronavirus or need to file for unemployment benefits, please visit the Connecticut Department of Labor webpage at  http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/ui-online/.

Governor Ned Lamont announced the statewide expansion of a program geared to make free online learning licenses available to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 health crisis. The SkillUp CT program  expands access to online course work from a leading provider for thousands of Connecticut residents. This initiative hopes to enable recently laid-off workers to upgrade their skills and earn industry-recognized certifications to help them back into the workforce.

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The State of Connecticut is launching a free, online job training program, SKILLUP for people who are unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 5,000 courses are available in areas like IT, business analysis, customer service, project management, digital literacy, and more. You may need to prove your unemployment status, residency in CT, or the fact that you became unemployed as a result of or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seymour Public Library subscribes to JobNow as a resource for patrons. You will need to enter a 14 digit SPL card number. JobNow offers job resources, including an exclusive partnership with eParachute, a new service created by What Color is Your Parachute? author Dick Bolles. Users can also connect to a expert JobNow Coach to learn efficient job search strategies. Users can receive free expert resume and cover letter writing assistance by emailing their documents to a Coach. They can also download resume templates and receive live online interview practice from JobNow Coaches.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A Free Resource, The “Occupational Outlook Handbook” is a nationally recognized source of careers and job information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

It includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States and delves into the specifics of location and need in individual States.

Cultivated Culture Free Resumes

A Free Resource, Cultivated Culture Resume Builder gives you control of how you want your resume to look- but offers templates to make it easy.

  • Colors – Choose from over 24 colors.
  • Fonts – Choose from 11+ fonts that were hand picked. 
  • Margins – You can edit your margins and line spacing.
  • Fields –  add or delete fields on the fly.
  • Saving Your Progress – Save your resume so you can edit it later. 
  • How You Download –  download your resume as a PDF, as a TXT file for use with Microsoft Word, or Export it to Google Drive.

A Free Resource, Goodwill Career Center in Shelton, CT and their Career Coach, Nicholas Hulbert, normally offer free internet training, resume help, career counseling, and assistance with job placement all geared toward helping you get the job you want. Now they are offering 30 minute virtual training in resume and cover letter building, interview skills, job search strategy, and work profiles. You can make an appointment for these free services by accessing the link to the left of this writing. Please call Nicholas Hulbert , Career Coach at the Goodwill Career Center at  (203) 567-7975 ext. 2 if you need more information.