Job Seeker Resources
A wide variety of resources are available to job seekers of all ages and work experience. For your convenience, a list of commonly requested topics and resource links is provided below. We hope you find it useful for quickly accessing local on-line resources that can address your employment needs.
- Unemployment Services
- Job Search Tutorials & Guides
- Salary Information & Negotiation
- Services for Specific Populations
- Other Career & Self-Employment Resources
- Personal & Family Needs
General Information Financial assistance, retraining programs, career planning, health insurance and other resources for the unemployed
Job Search Tutorials & Guides
America’s Career Resource Library Job search guidance, including topics on resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation techniques
Train for a New Career Strategies for meeting employers and developing your network of career contacts
Cover Letters Guidelines for writing effective cover letters, thank you notes, and other business correspondence
Interviewing Techniques for getting an interview and making a great first impression with employers
Job Hunting Tips Helpful tips for finding a job
Resume Writing Learn about different resume formats and what the components of a good resume are—Includes a list of useful action words and a handy resume check list
Pre-Employment Inquiries Examples of fair and unfair inquiries apply when made in reference to job application forms, preemployment interviews, or any other type of inquiry made of job applicants
Beehive Comprehensive information and resource website that is continually updated and translated in various languages
MapYourCareer.org Learn about trends, wages and training for pursuing a rewarding career at this career planning website, featuring career pathway diagrams for key sectors. Includes extensive sections on green jobs and the maritime industry.
Salary Information & Negotiation
Washington State Occupation Information Explore occupations and related information across Washington state
SalaryExpert.Com Identify salaries for jobs in your local area, along with cost of living information
Salary.Com Determine local salaries for various occupations, and view links for salary negotiations
Services for Specific Populations
Teens & Young Adults
Youth@Work Resource for young adults under age 25 to connect with employers looking for enthusiastic, hard-working young employees
King County Access to a variety of youth programs within King County, including:
Seattle Youth Employment Program Access to a variety of youth programs within the City of Seattle
YouthCare Focuses on serving homeless youth, located in downtown Seattle
Multi-Service Center Services for at-risk youth, based in Federal Way
Youth with Disabilities Information to help youth make decisions about disclosing their disability and learn about issues affecting their work lives.
Employ Experience Employment tips and resources for older, experienced workers
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Non-profit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of individuals age 50 and older
Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens Provides a variety of programs and services--including the Age 55+ Employment Resource Center--for older people and people with disabilities in the Seattle-King County area
Benefits Check Up Comprehensive online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over)
General Information about Unemployment Insurance Financial assistance, retraining programs, career planning, health insurance and other resources for the unemployed
Individuals With Disabilities
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Provides information about job accommodations, the ADA, and the employability of people with disabilities
Employment Rights Under the ADA--A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program Access to assistive technology
Washington Access Fund
Access to funding for assistive technology
Assistive Technology Explorer A guide from the Washington Assistive Technology Alliance for people with disabilities to locate assistive technology that can enhance their experience in accessing WorkSource services and resources
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and training services, self-directed job search support, and other resources for people with disabilities
Northwest ADA Center Provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (U.S. Department of Labor) Support for jobseekers and workers with disabilities, as well as for employers seeking to hire and retain workers with disabilities.
Job Access Job-posting site providing people with disabilities with a dedicated system for finding employment
Washington Relay Communications A service that provides a variety of telecommunication relay services for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled people to communicate with their hearing counterparts
411 On Disability Disclosure Information to help youth make decisions about disclosing their disability and how those decisions may impact their education, employment, and social lives
Healthcare For Workers With Disabilities (HWD) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the HWD program
Individuals with Limited English Skills
Several WorkSource locations offer classes in English As A Second Language, as well as employment services that assist recent immigrants and refugees secure jobs. Contact the WorkSource location nearest you for more information.
Language Bank A program of the American Red Cross that helps non- and limited English speaking individuals overcome language barriers through its volunteer interpretation and translation services
Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) Free interpretation and translation services provided to DSHS participants and applicants
Washington WorkFirst Information about the WorkFirst program for low-income families
Federal Citizen Information Center Helpful links to Federal resources in other languages
Veteran Services Programs and Employment Services Specialist are co-located at WorkSource offices throughout King County. They are available and ready to serve veterans, their families and dependents residing in King County.
Department of Veteran Affairs Federal agency responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their families
Veterans' Innovations Program Program that provides veterans who served in recent military action with crisis and emergency relief, as well as education, training, and employment assistance
Offender Employment Services Helps offenders find jobs, stay employed, and re-enter society without returning to crime. Note: Offender Employment Services was formerly known as Corrections Clearinghouse (CCH).
King County Jobs Initiative Employment assistance for those with recent criminal conviction
Other Career & Self-Employment Resources
Small Business Administration-Seattle District Office
Access to financial programs and technical assistance services for entrepreneurship - calendar of SBA events
Small Business Development Centers
Expert assistance and information about emerging business technologies for established businessess
Women Owned Businesses
Resources for women entrepreneurs at all levels of business development
Empowers individuals with limited resources to improve their lives through small business ownership
Business Impact NW
Empowers entrepreneurs and supports the growth of local and small businesses through micro-enterprise
SBA Loan Programs
A variety of programs to secure money to start, expand, or buy a small business
Self-Employment Assistance Program Program that allows unemployed workers to receive unemployment benefits while they train to become self-employed
Business Start-Up Loans for Refugees JumpStart microloans to start or strengthen your business
Career One-Stop Multiple career resources for job seekers
The Seattle Times/NW Jobs Local newspaper’s classified ad section, featuring “Job Market” articles, notices of career fairs, job listings, etc.
Seattle Office for Civil Rights Information for learning about your civil rights, discrimination issues, various initiatives, and helpful resources
Your Rights As a Worker in Washington State is a flyer which addresses minimum wage, overtime, working conditions, pay periods, and a number of other employment related rights and guidelines.
Personal & Family Needs
Sometimes there are factors outside the workplace that can affect a successful job search or job promotion. The following resources can help address a variety of concerns:
Crisis Clinic Community Resources Online Searchable database of thousands of services within King County, including access to personal counseling, housing assistance, legal services, food and clothing, and an array of other community resources
Self-Sufficiency Calculator Use this tool to find out what your self-sufficiency standard is, to learn about benefits you and your family qualify for, and to identify the wages you need
King County Metro—Public Transportation Bus, Rideshare, bike, accessible services, and other transportation options
Hopelink Transportation resources
Includes Travel Ambassadors, GAPS, Mobilize!, and other programs to help you get around King County.
Find a Ride Comprehensive transportation options available in King, Pierce and Snohomish County.
Trial Eligibility Calculator Your family might be eligible to receive food assistance, help with childcare, medical benefits, or cash assistance
Labor & Industries Information on your rights as a Washington State citizen, including safety, claims and insurance, workplace rights, and trades and licensing
Child Care Options Information about choosing and paying for child care
Working Connections Child Care -- This state-funded program helps families to pay for child care.
WiseUp for Women: Planning for Financial Security
Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor created the "Wise Up" program especially for women ages 22-35 interested in planning for their future
Free Tax Preparation & Electronic Filing
Each fall through spring, the United Way of King County provides free, quality tax preparation and electronic filing by IRS-certified, multilingual volunteers.