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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.


Resource Index


Unemployment Services

General Information

Financial assistance, retraining programs, career planning, health insurance and other resources for the unemployed

File a Claim On-Line

Calculate How Much You'll Get

Downloadable UI Forms

Extended Benefits

Job Search Tutorials & Guides

America’s Career Resource Library

Job search guidance, including topics on resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation techniques

Career Fairs

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


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


Comprehensive information and resource website that is continually updated and translated in various languages


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


Identify salaries for jobs in your local area, along with cost of living information


Determine local salaries for various occupations, and view links for salary negotiations

Services for Specific Populations

Teens & Young Adults


Resource for young adults under age 25 to connect with employers looking for enthusiastic, hard-working young employees

King County Work Training Program

Access to a variety of youth programs within King County, including:

Seattle Youth Employment Program

Access to a variety of youth programs within King County


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.

Older Workers

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)

Dislocated Workers

General Information about Unemployment Insurance

Financial assistance, retraining programs, career planning, health insurance and other resources for the unemployed

File a Claim On-Line

Calculate How Much You'll Get

Downloadable UI Forms

Extended Benefits

In addition to using our local WorkSource Seattle-King County website, visit Go2WorkSource's Dislocated Worker page.

Individuals With Disabilities

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Provides information about job accommodations, the ADA, and the employability of people with disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act information

Employment Rights Under the ADA--A guide for people with disabilities seeking employment

Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WATF)

Non-profit organization dedicated to improving the socio-economic circumstances of people with disabilities through access to 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

DBTAC Northwest

DBTAC (Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center) Northwest provides free phone consultation for businesses and government agencies seeking assistance in complying with 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

Website developed by Sprint that offers a place for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled people to obtain a variety of telecommunication relay services for communicating 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.


NEW! Online handbooks for bilingual job seekers!

Bilingual job seekers can access these handbooks to learn how to apply for jobs online and use the internet in their job search. The handbooks were created with a Bill Wright Technology Access Grant through the City of Seattle, in partnership with WorkSource partners Asian Counseling and Referral Service and Neighborhood House.

Online job seekers (English)
Online job seekers (Amharic)
Online job seekers (Chinese)
Online job seekers (Oromo)
Online job seekers (Somali)
Online job seekers (Vietnamese)

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



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

King County Veterans Program

Program that serves veterans, their families and dependents residing in King County. Co-located at WorkSource Renton and at other sites around Seattle-King County.


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).


Employment and Housing Facts

Information to help people with criminal records understand employment and housing laws and how to restore the right to vote



Other Career & Self-Employment Resources

Small Business Administration-Seattle District Office ~ A WorkSource Partner ~

Access to financial programs and technical assistance services for entrepreneurship - calendar of SBA events

Seattle SCORE
National non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses - workshop calendar

Small Business Development Centers
Expert assistance and information about emerging business technologies for established businessess

Women's Business Centers
Wide range of services for women entrepreneurs at all levels of business development

Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help)
Access to capital and business development training for low income women, people with disabilities, and other underserved individuals

Community Capital Development
Access to capital and business assistance for low-income, women and minority entrepreneurs, and small businesses in distressed and underserved communities

SBA Loan Briefings
Information sessions about how 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 thisl 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


Affordable car-sharing service that provides an alternative to car ownership.

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


Comprehensive information and resource website that is continually updated and translated in various languages

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. For more information, dial 211 or 1-800-621-4636.



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