Government Launches New Job Search Site

government jobs The US Government says it is not only trying to create jobs, but it's attempting to help you find them, and get some clarity on your career as well. The Department of Labor has just launched the "My Next Job" website, where job seekers can go to find information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities in a simple, user-friendly format.

They say the site is is intended to assist all job seekers, but may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests. The new tool complements the department's "mySkills myFuture" site, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match their existing skills to new occupations.

"This administration is committed to expanding opportunities for all Americans. That includes ensuring all workers -- those with years of experience and those just entering the workforce - have the information they need to make informed career decisions and get good jobs," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

"By leveraging technology in a user-friendly tool, My Next Move will help those seeking career guidance learn more about work opportunities in fields that are of interest to them and that are likely to have job openings today and well into the future."

The new website allows users to search for jobs by occupation, by industry and using the "O*NET Interest Profiler," which matches an individual's interests with suitable occupations by asking 60 questions.

Users can also search for jobs in three categories: careers with a "bright outlook" in growing industries, jobs that are part of the "green" economy and occupations that have a Registered Apprenticeship program.

Each occupation that a user selects has an easy-to-read, one-page profile, including information about what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed; the occupation's outlook; the level of education required; technologies used within the occupation; and other, similar jobs. In addition, each occupation page includes direct links to local salary information, training opportunities and relevant job openings.

This is just one more job-finding tool to help you in your search.

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