California Career Prep Tools


Becoming unemployed can be a stressful situation, fortunately the state of California offers resources to assist with re-employment. In order to use any of the following services, individuals must have authorization to work in the United States. Job seekers should have all documentation showing they are authorized to work in the United States to ensure full access and benefits to EDD programs.

Toolbox for Job Seekers

One service offered is the Toolbox for Job Seekers. The toolbox has job search, training and career exploration tools. America’s Job Center of California℠ is an excellent resource which provides service, tools and resources at no cost to the job seeker. These are local centers that an unemployed individual can visit. Each of these centers have access to phones, printers, copy machines and internet available for the purposes of conducting work search activities. There are career specialists that can help job seekers identify and match their skills to jobs using different assessments. Career specialists can also help job seekers make career decisions. The computers located in the job centers allow individuals to create resumes, apply for employment and explore career opportunities. The Job center offers workshops, training referrals and community resources to help minimize the time of unemployment.

CalJOBS℠ Virtual Job Center

CalJOBS℠ is another tool in your toolbox which acts as a virtual job center. It provides tools to manage your career path and also allows you to access job listings. While using the virtual job center, you can upload multiple resume versions that can be specific to jobs or different career paths. Using a virtual recruiter, job seekers can receive automatic job alerts tailored to their preferences. The job center allows you to view current events such as job fairs and workshops to further expand your job search. CalJOBS℠ has a message center where you can communicate directly with employers using pre-made templates. For even more convenience, job seekers can also take advantage of receiving job opening alerts via e-mail or text message. This virtual job center is a reliable tool for any job seeker.

EDD Online Data Library

The EDD has implemented an online data library where job seekers can find an abundance of information. This data library has current and historical data in relation to California wages, labor force, occupations, and industries. Employment projections can also be found. Users can search and download this information. These sources are used to make informed decisions when pursuing an occupation, and help to understand the state’s economy. For job seekers in particular, information can be found on the required skills and education needed for specific occupations. They can also make informed decisions on what areas of California are ideal market places for the career path they have chosen, and the typical pay based on location and occupation. This data library is part of the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Employment Development Department Training Programs

California EDD offers training programs to further expand employment opportunities for job seekers. The first step in pursuing training is finding out whether you will need occupational training based on your desired position. Research your current occupation and others growing in demand. Next, take a skills assessment at an America’s Job Center of California℠ (AJCC) office. Individuals can receive basic training like obtaining a GED or strengthening a basic skill like math, reading or English. On-the-job training refers to an apprenticeship opportunity or being trained by a local employer to gain skills needed for a specific job. Vocational training is for in-demand jobs that require a particular set of skills. You can find resources and information for all of these at an AJCC office.

Going back to school to finish or start a new degree always opens up new doors for unemployed individuals. California offers various grants to help residents pursue higher education. Often times, individuals may feel they can do more and advance further in their life if only they had the appropriate education. Individuals should take advantage of all services and resources offered by California to continue their education and find new employment.

Crucial career prep elements consist of having a good resume, cover letter and interview skills. Attending resume workshops and maintaining updated information on your resume will help you get that desired job. Cover letters should be tailored to the occupation and company you are seeking employment with. To improve interview skills, a job seeker should use online sources for tips and tricks on landing the interview. The best way to sharpen those interview skills is to partake in mock interviews with friends, family or at a local career center. Prior to going on an interview, make sure to do your research on the company, as well as the job market, so you can have informed responses and land your desired position.