Phoenix job seekers may not be focused on what is going on in Washington in the next two weeks, but they should be. One of the many budgetary issues for Congress to review is the Workforce Investment Act – WIA. This funding is extremely important for job seekers, even though they may not be taking advantage of the resources that are supported by it. Here are a few of the places that Phoenician job seekers can receive cost free services to help identify training, education, and workplace skills.
- One Stop Centers: Throughout the state there are multiple locations that provide Department of Economic Security and city personnel that can identify resources and support for workers to secure jobs in many fields that are actively searching for skilled workers.
- Goodwill Career Centers: Depending on what part of Phoenix you live in, you may have one of these sites near you. Along with computer training workshops and career fairs, there are workforce personnel to provide educational resources.
- Fresh Start: This program is focused on women who are entering the workforce for the first time or are re-entering. Resources include not only career skills materials but also interview clothing and coaching.
There are many other programs in Phoenix that are supported in part by WIA funding. If you are in the process of searching for a career or transitioning to a new one, take advantage of these programs to find information and resources that may help you get a competitive edge in the search process.