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    The majority of American workers are unhappy with their jobs, according to an employment survey by The Conference Board. If you are dissatisfied with your current job, you may be thinking about changing your job or even a career change.

    Are you wondering:

    • Where to get in-depth information about occupations?
    • What are the highest-paying occupations based on education level?
    • What are the ‘Hot Jobs’ right now?
    • Where is there money for training?
    • How to ace your employment interview, even in a new career field?

    With these questions (and more) whirling around in your head, it can be daunting to know where to begin. Rather than ignore these (and similar) questions and launch a quick-fix job search by shot-gunning your resume to hundreds of employers, you may want to research careers and jobs so you can make the most of your time and effort.

    So, where is the best place to start?

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration recently announced their 2015 launch of their re-designed CareerOneStop information website. It is jam-packed with career exploration and job search information for career changers, students, entry-level workers, experienced workers, unemployed workers, veterans, and workers with disabilities, as well as businesses and career advisors.

    The up-to-date career and employment information is organized into six sections:

    • Explore Careers—Access detailed occupational information about 900 careers, as well as information on self-assessments, career planning, skills, salaries, industry research, and more.
    • Find Training—Discover what to do if your skills are out of date and how to make a training plan. Learn about local training programs, internships, apprenticeships, certifications, licenses, professional development, scholarships, financial aid, and more.
    • Job Search—Find job listings updated daily from US.jobs, America’s Job Exchange, CareerBuilder, and Indeed, along with job search advice and guides on networking, resumes, interviews, and more.
    • Local Help—With 2500 American Job Centers nationwide, career change and job search help is likely accessible in or near your community. Tools such as Maps to State Services make it easy to locate local workforce services, with additional information on employment and training programs, Job Clubs, and more.
    • The Toolkit—These online tools provide you with quick entry to information about Careers, Training, Skills, Jobs, Wages, Industry, State and Local, and Mobile resources.
    • Resources for—Find targeted career and job search resources for veterans, businesses, people with criminal records, laid-off workers, students, entry-level workers, career professionals, workers with disabilities, and others.

    Be sure to keep track of the information you find as you do your career exploration. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the information or how to proceed, you may want to consider the services of a professional career advisor to guide you through your career change and/or job search process.

    Make your next career move based on accurate, up-to-date career exploration and occupational information rather than guesswork or assumptions. You may just find your Dream Job!

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