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Job Seeker Career Services

If you are just starting a career, considering a job/career change or were recently laid off, we can help you search for and land a quality job. We also have special programs that help mature workers, legal immigrants, professionals with mental health issues, at-risk youth and more. Services from funded programs may be available at no cost or on a sliding scale.

Finding a job is more effective if you know what job you are looking for. Are you clear about your career choice and goals?

How We Help

Our expert staff help you identify your interests, strengths and skills, aptitudes and values with individual counseling and a selected set of career/interest assessment tests. We show you how your talents relate to career opportunities.

CONTACT US TODAY
Wendy Solomon, Intake Specialist | 412-586-3722 | wsolomon@jfcspgh.org

In today’s job market, recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of resumes for each open position. Let us help you package yourself and your credentials for increased competitive advantage. To get hired, first you have to get noticed.

How We Help

One-on-one career counseling ensures that your search is personalized, all relevant career marketing tools are tailored to fit your needs, and that you have the support to stay positive and focused. Seasoned career counselors offer expertise in resume and cover letter development, presentation of your most compelling credentials, interview preparation, networking and negotiation.

CONTACT US TODAY
Wendy Solomon, Intake Specialist | 412-586-3722 | wsolomon@jfcspgh.org

The search for rewarding employment can be a daunting task. Where do you start? How do you find the “hidden” jobs? We can help you define and conduct a strategic and successful job search campaign.

How We Help

Our counselors stay up-to-date in the rapidly changing world of hiring managers and how they operate. We provide assistance researching target companies and identifying open positions. We continuously re-evaluate your progress and help you adjust your plan strategy and marketing materials as needed. We have ongoing relationships with local employers that we can leverage and we are aware of current open positions. We hold several job fairs a year on behalf of area employers where you can present yourself face to face and make that all important first impression in person.

Every individual is unique, but some groups of people face particular barriers in securing employment. We understand the special issues faced by mature workers, highly-skilled legal immigrants, at-risk youth, recent college graduates, individuals living with mental health challenges and autism spectrum disorders, the long-term unemployed, and those laid off from their last job. Our counselors will address your needs and tailor your plan accordingly.

CONTACT US TODAY
Wendy Solomon, Intake specialist | 412-586-3722 | wsolomon@jfcspgh.org

WorkAble is a partnership of several local non-profits* who together provide holistic career counseling and coaching to unemployed residents of Allegheny County. WorkAble is conveniently accessible at sites in the North Hills, East Side, South Hills, Carnegie Library in Oakland and Mt. Lebanon Public Library. WorkAble is a FREE service for those who qualify.

*JFCS Career Development Center, North Hills Community Outreach, South Hills Interfaith Movement, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon Library. Major funding provided by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

How We Help

WorkAble connects you with a professional career consultant, local employers, career fairs, our alumni and a strong volunteer base to help you find meaningful employment. Your career consultant will work with you one-on-one to help you build your resume, conduct a job search, develop strong interview skills, learn to network, get the most out of LinkedIn and more. We are your job search champions with support and encouragement every step of the way.

CONTACT US TODAY
Wendy Solomon, Intake specialist | 412-586-3722 | wsolomon@jfcspgh.org

JFCS Career Development Center works with our community’s job seekers and employers to create a diverse regional workforce. The immigrant job seekers we serve have a range of skills, backgrounds, education levels, and English-language proficiency. All are fully authorized to work in the United States, committed to accepting a job offer, and able to engage in active job searches. Whether they are newly arrived or have been in the U.S. for a number of years, we are dedicated to assisting foreign-born individuals reach their job search goals.

There are unique challenges and barriers encountered by foreign-born job seekers when trying to move up the career ladder in the American workforce. We provide guidance and strategies on how to identify advancement opportunities, validate past work experience, degree recognition, developing professional networks, addressing skill gaps, and understanding American workplace culture to ensure successful career transitions.

How We Help

Our immigrant workforce programming provides integrated and holistic career services with the goal of helping individuals successfully navigate the American job search process, assist them with career laddering and long-term career goals. Through collaborations with community partners and employers, we are able to ease barriers to employment and provide connections and resources for jobseekers. Since 2015, we have hosted Pittsburgh’s Annual Refugee & Immigrant Job Fair as well as other programs specifically designed to best meet the needs of foreign-born clients.

JFCS Career Development Center provides individualized career counseling, group workshops on a variety of topics, resume development,  re-credentialing, career fairs and employer events, interview preparation, networking opportunities, and connection to the Allegheny County ISAC (Immigrant Services and Connections) program.

CONTACT US TODAY
Chris Rippee | 412-586-3729 | crippee@jfcspgh.org

The Career Development Center, in partnership with ed2go, offers a variety of self-paced tutorials and instructor-led courses to make it easy for you to expand or update your current skills and knowledge for competitive advantage in today’s challenging job market.

How We Help

Online courses are convenient and affordable. You can start self-paced tutorials anytime and work at your own pace. Instructor-led courses, led by industry experts, run for six weeks and new sessions start every month. You’ll spend two to four hours each week completing engaging lessons in an interactive learning environment. A certificate of completion is issued when you complete your course with a passing score.

Online Learning Center

CONTACT US TODAY
George Ponticello, Career Consultant | 412-586-3731 | gponticello@jfcspgh.org

Refugee Youth Employment Program*

Working with Baldwin and Brashear High Schools, refugee and immigrant youth of high school age develop life, career and job readiness skills, and have the opportunity to explore post-secondary education options and vocational opportunities.

*Major funding provided by Partner4Work and the Birmingham Foundation.

How We Help

Our counselors address language and cultural barriers to help refugee and immigrant young adults succeed in higher education and future employment. The curriculum includes sessions in developing resumes, filling out job applications and applying for financial aid, as well as field trips to colleges, trade schools and local employers.

CONTACT US TODAY
Bishnu Timsina, Youth Career Counselor | 412-422-5627 | btimsina@jfcspgh.org

 

Learn and Earn*

JFCS Career Development Center annually places and supervises nearly 40 high school students in internships at a variety of local employers from both the private and non-profit sectors.

*Major funding provided by Partner4Work.

How We Help

This program gives young adults their first exposure to the responsibilities of holding a job, and can allow them to explore various careers. The students also receive a stipend from the program and career guidance from our career counseling staff.

*Major funding

CONTACT US TODAY
Erin Barr, Program Coordinator | 412-422-5627 | ebarr@jfcspgh.org