The fallout of a beleaguered economy is often felt most keenly by those who struggle to find work. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the state’s November 2012 unemployment rate of 8.5 percent was nearly one point higher than the national average. While there may be a multitude of Atlantans out there searching for that next great job, they are fortunate to live in a city where there is a treasure trove of valuable resources geared toward helping them land it.
541 10th St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
This one-stop shop for Atlanta job seekers provides links to career resources, career schools, colleges and universities, job boards, labor statistics, professional associations, resume services and more. ATLwork.com also offers a Tips and Tools page featuring articles about resume and cover letter tips, interviewing advice, job search strategies, career assessment, guidance about networking and suggestions for salary negotiation. To stay up-to-date on the latest news affecting the area – such as companies who have opened new facilities and will be recruiting for multiple positions – and events that include career fairs and open-interview sessions, job seekers will want to add Atlanta Employment News and Events to their RSS feed.
With a tagline that reads “Live here. Work here,” this self-proclaimed “hometown resource for finding the best local jobs” provides a comprehensive listing of jobs in the area for everyone from hourly/skilled laborers to professional/technical salary-based job seekers to executives seeking salaries of over $100k. This site also provides links to organizations devoted to helping veterans and people with disabilities find work. Two unique features of MetroAtlantaJobs.com are the Local JobNetwork™ Radio show featuring interviews and advice from employment experts and GetHired™ tools and resources which include job search organization, resume creation, interview assistance and event calendars. New jobs are added to MetroAtlantaJobs.com daily.
Atlanta-Fulton County Library System
While it may seem a tad old school to use the library as a resource to find a job, the Atlanta-Fulton County Library utilizes the latest technology to aid job seekers in their search. Visitors to the website will find a particularly helpful link to eCampus – the library system’s FREE resource for everything from test prep for job seekers who wish to obtain their GED to a continuing education certificate program for professionals who want to get a leg up on their competition. Also unique to the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System Job Resources Page are databases for prospective employees to research a company they may be interested in joining, as well as advice and links for aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to create their own job.
Georgia Career Information Center
Georgia State University
1 Park Place S., Suite 823
Atlanta, GA 30303
Located on the Georgia State University campus, this research and outreach center is open to everyone from elementary school students who are just beginning to figure out what they’d like to be when they grow up to industry professionals who are tasked with helping their students decide which career path to take. While a large portion of the Georgia Career Information Center (GCIC) site is password protected, requiring a user name and password from a school counselor or administrator, there is an abundance of helpful features for job seekers who are outside of the school system. This website is perhaps best suited for high school students seeking their first job and college students seeking that all-important first step towards pursuing their career. No matter where they may be in their job search, all visitors to the GCIC website should take the time to read the Career Outlook Newsletter – packed with great information including different types of resumes, career spotlights and good habits to help one keep their job after they’ve found it.
Atlanta Regional Commission Career Resource Centers
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is an intergovernmental agency that focuses on sustainable growth for a 10-county area that includes the City of Atlanta. Among its many charges – including land use planning, environmental concerns, transportation improvement programs, lifelong community development and local government assistance – the ARC also serves as the administrator for the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board (ARWB). This workforce-development division of the ARC provides seven county-based career resource centers, as well as a mobile career resource center that can often be found parked outside local libraries in and around the Atlanta area. Career resource centers provide assistance to people who are seeking employment, wish to pursue training or are researching education services.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.