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Coping With Unemployment

Apply for Benefits

SDCL Guide to Unemployment / Guía del Seguro de Desempleo (PDF)
Guide to applying for unemployment benefits in California.

Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online
Online application and instructions from the California Employment Development Department.

Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits in California (PDF)
Frequently asked questions and helpful tips.

Presentar su Solicitud de Beneficios del Seguro de Desempleo en California (PDF)
Preguntas frecuentes y consejos útiles.

Resources & Assistance

About.com: What to Do When You're Downsized
Tips and information on how to handle a layoff.

Adjusting to Suddenly Reduced Income
Guides people through the processes of emotional reactions, spending patterns, rethinking goals, and managing conflict when faced with financial loss.

California Employment Development Department
Information on unemployment, worker disability and job searching.

Health And Retirement Benefits After Job Loss
Information from the United States Department of Labor.

Opportunity.gov
Provides information on educational opportunities and financial assistance for unemployed workers.


Researching Careers and Employers

Research Careers

The Career Gateway
Access online tools, resources and leads that will help you be more successful in finding and securing employment.

San Diego Area Labor Market Information
Learn about the hottest occupations, wages and salaries, skills and training requirements, and much more.

California Occupational Guides
Find job descriptions, job outlook and wages, and qualification requirements for a variety of careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Provides information on training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions for hundreds of different types of jobs.

CareerOneStop
A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Jobstar: Career Guides
Career guides with information about job requirements, training, outlook and settings.

Key to Career Success
Connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources.

O*NET Online
An interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.

The Riley Guide: Explore Career Options
Career and occupational guides, choosing a career path, changing careers and more.

San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition
Informative tips, articles, career advice and other information to assist older job seekers and career changers.

Self-Assessments

California Careerzone Self-Assessments
Three self-assessments to help you explore careers based on your personality, interests and values.

mySkills myFuture
Explore new career options based on the skills you've used in a past job.

Research Employers

Glassdoor.com
Provides career resources, company reviews and salaries for over 80,000 companies.

JobStar: Researching Companies
Want to stand out from the job search competition when responding to job ads? Find the best employer in the Hidden Job Market? The more you know, the better you will look to the employer!

The Riley Guide: Research and Target Employers
Find employers and organizations you want to work for, and know what you need to know before you interview or apply.

Vault: Research Companies
Provides insider information, news and advice about companies, industries and specific jobs.

Salary Information

JobStar: Salary Information
Find negotation tips and links to more than 300 salary surveys.

The Riley Guide: Salary Guides and Guidance
Links to salary and compensation guides, articles on negotiating job offers, and cost of living information.

Salary.com
Contains information relating to compensation, and lists salary statistics for hundreds of positions.


Skills Building, Education and Training

Classes & Training

Computer Classes and Tutors at SDCL Branches
View this month's calendar of free classes.

LEARN: Adult Literacy Services at San Diego County Library
LEARN offers free, confidential adult literacy and learning services, including one-on-one and small group tutoring and computer-aided instruction.

CareerOneStop
A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Key to Career Success
Connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources.

San Diego Continuing Education
Free or low-fee classes, including job training and certificate programs.

San Diego Regional Occupational Program
Offers over 265 tuition-free courses per year.

Financial Assistance

Opportunity.gov
Unemployed workers receiving unemployment benefits may qualify for help in paying for education and training; see more information on this web site.


Job Search Strategies

Search Strategies

The Career Gateway
Access online tools, resources and leads that will help you be more successful in finding and securing employment.

CareerOneStop
A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Key to Career Success
Connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources.

The Riley Guide: How to Job Search
Information on finding job leads, using the Internet for your job search and more.

The Riley Guide: Scams & Schemes in Work and Employment Services
Information on employment scams and how to avoid them.

San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition
Informative tips, articles, career advice and other information to assist older job seekers and career changers.

Video: Job Search (21 mins.)
From the Job Search Tool Kit presented by Jobing Foundation.

Video: Online Job Search (12 mins.)
From the Job Search Tool Kit presented by Jobing Foundation.

Networking & the Hidden Job Market

JobStar: Hidden Job Market
How to network, research employers and create your own Hidden Job Market plan.

Key Career Networking Resources for Job-Seekers
A collection of key Web-based career and job-search network resources for job-seekers.

Video: Networking (21 mins.)
From the Job Search Tool Kit presented by Jobing Foundation.


Resumes & Job Applications

Resume & Cover Letter Help

CareerOneStop
A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Cover-Letters.com
The online version of 200 Letters for Job Hunters by William S. Frank. Offers more than 1,000 cover letter examples, as well as general advice on cover letter writing.

GotResumeBuilder.com
Build a resume online for free.

JobStar Resume Guide
San Diego area job search guide from your local public library.

Key to Career Success
Connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources.

The Riley Guide: Resumes & Cover Letters
Links to resources on cover letters and other job search correspondence, resume writing, and preparing your resume for emailing or posting on the Internet.

Susan Ireland's Resume Guide
Online workshops to help prepare resumes, e-resumes, and cover letters. From the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume.

Video: Writing a Resume (29 mins.)
From the Job Search Tool Kit presented by Jobing Foundation.

Job Applications

About.com Job Application Guide
Includes information on how to complete a job application, paper job applications, online, and employer direct applications. Also review job application samples, examples, and forms, and everything else you need to know to sucessfully apply for a job.

The Riley Guide: Scams & Schemes in Work and Employment Services
What to watch out for before you apply.

The Riley Guide: Using Employment Kiosks and Online Job Applications
Information on using employment kiosks and online applications, including links to sample and practice job applications.


Preparing for Interviews

Interview Tips & Coaching

California Worksmart: Tips For Success -- The Interview
Tips, pitfalls to avoid, questions to expect and ask, and post-interview advice.

CareerOneStop
A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Quintessential Careers: Guide to Job Interviewing Resources
Articles, tutorials and tools to help you succeed in any employment interview situation.

The Riley Guide: Interviewing
Advice for various types of interviews, and tips on how to address common problems.

San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition
Informative tips, articles, career advice and other information to assist older job seekers and career changers.

Video: Interviewing (26 mins.)
From the Job Search Tool Kit presented by Jobing Foundation.

Video: Phone Interview Tips (2 mins.)
Find out how to pull off your phone interview without a hitch so you can get closer to nailing down that dream job.

Dressing for Interviews

Dress to Impress: A Guide
Use your appearance as a professional tool in an interview and the workplace. From Washington State University.

SYMS Dress to Achieve
Educates college seniors about the basics of proper dress and how to present themselves in the best possible light during job interviews.