Free Help for the Unemployed

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Free Unemployment Help

Free Unemployment Help

The recent drop in the unemployment rate is a reason to celebrate, but the job market is still tougher than it’s been in years. This likely means a lengthy – and possibly expensive – job search at a time when you can ill afford to be bleeding more money from your bank account. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can get free job search help – some obvious, others not:

The Local Library

Besides free Internet to search job sites and submit applications, many libraries also have classes, clubs and workshops where you can network, learn new skills and get tips to help you land the job you want.

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Your Alma Mater

Are you a college graduate? Well, many universities offer free lifetime career services for graduates. These can include simple things like job search strategies, help with resumes, and interview techniques, but many career services offices will also have private job listings only accessible to alumni and can even put you in contact with other alumni who have volunteered to offer career advice in your area.

Your Local Chamber of Commerce

Another opportunity to network! They also often hold job fairs and have information about job openings in the area. Find contact information in the Chamber of Commerce’s Directory.

Your State’s Department of Labor

Depending on where you live, you can find everything from free resume copying to referrals for apprenticeships. Some departments even offer free classes.

Professional Associations

Many careers have associations for working professionals in that field. Find out if you have one in your area for your line of work, because even if you don’t meet the requirements to join, there’s a good chance you can find someone there willing to mentor you. Plus, if you bring your resume along when you meet with them, they’ll know your experience and can let you know when there’s an opening.

Free Business Cards

It may seem like a small thing, but places like Vistaprint offer free business cards if you allow them to put their logo on the back of your cards. Free advertising for them and you, and you’ll have something to hand out the next time you’re networking with people in your field!

Write-offs

Technically this isn’t “free” help, but did you know that you can deduct any money you spend searching for jobs? This includes printing costs – for resumes and business cards – gas and parking costs when going to interviews, and even the drinks you purchase at any networking events you attend. It may not help right this second, but if you keep track of all your expenses, you’ll be a lot happier come tax time.

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