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Job Search & Small Business Resources

Here you’ll find not only job search sites but: resumé help, state unemployment sites, social media, webinars, small business, and other job related opportunities.


Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund Launched

The Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund, a public-private partnership providing low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut, is now open, with applications accepted for loans ranging in size from $5,000 to $500,000. The program is designed to help small businesses and nonprofits, especially those in low-income and historically underserved community, gain access to working capital. Loans have a 4.5% fixed interest rate; small businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer full-time employees and annual revenues of less than $8 million are eligible to apply.

The state will initially invest $75 million into the partnership, which is hoped to become self-sustaining in time. Small businesses and nonprofits can apply online at www.CTSmallBusinessBoostFund.org.


Click on the image to access Workforce Solutions through researchIT CT!

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process. Job & Career Accelerator™ puts everything you need to land a job in one place. You can:

  • Explore over 1,000 different occupations

  • Discover the career that’s best for you

  • Search local and national job and internship postings

  • Create professional resumes and cover letters

  • Practice and master interviewing skills

  • Get valuable job-search tips and advice at every step

  • Organize and track your job-search progress


Are You the Next Veteran Entrepreneur? Vet-to-Vet Advice About Business Ownership

Veterans make up 7.6% of the US population, but are twice as likely to own a business civilians. They own 9.2% of all U.S. businesses, employ 5.8 million employees & make $1.1 trillion in sales. Score is Here to Help! Some of their mentors also served in the military. They understand your challenges because they’ve faced them, too.

Sponsored by Facebook. This webinar – for veterans by veterans – will help you find out if you’re ready to transition your skills to main street entrepreneurship and have what it takes to launch a business.  VIEW HERE


Platform to Employment for Veterans

Helping Veterans Begin Careers

Platform to Employment (P2E) for Veterans is a preparatory program that includes skills assessment, career readiness workshops and personal coaching geared towards helping Veterans re-enter the workforce. P2E incorporates a successful curriculum of self-assessment, managing change, effective communication and successful job search strategies. P2E or Veterans helps people who have been out of work 6 months and exhausted their unemployment benefits. Their education and career counseling program is a great opportunity for Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths. 


JOBNOW! Live Job Assistance

Are you unemployed and not sure what job opportunities to look for? Do you have an online interview? Are you looking to build skills while you job hunt? You can connect with a free live job coach or visit the Career Prep & Job Resources section of SkillSurfer.

Provides live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Personalized career center is seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.


Request for Employment Services form

Job Search Assistance, Résumé/Cover Letter Assistance, Interviewing Skills Assistance, Career Counseling, Recruitment Assistance for Employers

For unemployment questions, please visit www.FileCTUI.com.

This no-cost Employment Services is offered by phone, email or video conferencing. Limited in-person appointments may be available. Response time may vary. Allow 2-3 business days for a response.


Live Ongoing SCORE Webinars

Get strategies from industry experts to help your business succeed.

Weren’t Able to Attend?  View On-Demand!

“The Fundamentals of Starting or Growing a Business” is a 5-session series for those who are considering starting a business or looking for insights and inspiration for growing their business. These 90-minute sessions are presented by SCORE Mentors and other entrepreneurs. The series is offered fall and spring. If you missed the fall series, you can register to view the pre-recorded sessions on-demand.

The live webinar series will be offered again on 5 Tuesday evenings starting March 30, 2021. Find out more at sect.score.org/fundamentals-starting-or-growing-business.

On-Demand Business Fundamentals Sessions – (Recorded Fall 2020)

Session 1: What’s the Big Idea? (Recorded 9/30/20) Register for viewing  Access code: H6Bt+0bV

Session 2: Customers and Competition (Recorded 10/7/20) Register for viewing  Access code: &cPDfWF0

Session 3: Marketing & Sales Basics (Recorded 10/14/20) Register for viewing Access code: acFm3#B*

Session 4: Digital Marketing Must-Haves (Recorded 10/21/20) Register for viewing Access code: isEj2=8$

Session 5: Show Me the Money! (Recorded 10/28/20) Register for viewing Access code: &aRMcW62

Meet with SCORE mentors one-on-one for support and guidance to help businesses succeed. Click to register for upcoming webinars or to find a mentor.  Contact them via scorechapter@gmail.com or (860) 388-9508.


Image result for wayupThe number one complaint from students and recent graduates looking for jobs and internships is: “I apply, but the companies never get back to me.” WayUp announced that you will now hear back from every single company when you apply on WayUp.


Interview

50 Common Interview Questions

One of the best ways to get ready for an interview is to practice your responses to common interview questions. Here are 50 of the most frequently asked questions.


Essential Advice for Entry-Level Job and Internship Hunting During COVID-19 Webinar

These are links to a very fine webinar presented May 13th for graduates and other entry level job seekers. Cappfinity is a “strengths-based assessment firm that identifies Capability and Engagement, finding people who both can-do and love-to.”


10 Resume writing tips to help you land a job

Hiring managers will reference your resume throughout the hiring process to determine if you’re the right fit for the job. Use these 10 tips to help you perfect your resume and land a job.

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Resume Blog and Tips 


How to Ace a Video Interview

Due to the pandemic, millions of people are working from home. If you’re a recent college graduate, that means you’ll face some unique challenges in your job search. For one, you’ll probably have to interview remotely instead of meeting with the company in-person. While interviewing from your couch may sound much more relaxed than a face-to-face meeting, remote interviews take some extra work to make them successful. To help you succeed on a video interview, here are some tips.


Job Search | Indeed

With Indeed, you can search millions of jobs online to find the next step in your career. With tools for job search, resumes, company reviews and more.


Tips From a Recruiter: Standing Out During COVID-19

Hiring managers may only have a few seconds to review your resume and see if you’re the right fit for the job. Use these three tips from an Indeed recruiter to make sure your resume is setting you up for success.


Glassdoor Job Search | Find the job that fits your life

Explore Glassdoor. Search for jobs, salary information, company reviews, and interview questions. Current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform.


Job Search Engine | SimplyHired

Search for job opportunities across the United States on SimplyHired. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more. Get a head start and post your resume.


Monster.com

Monster.com is your source for jobs and career opportunities. Search for jobs, read career advice from Monster’s job experts, and find hiring and recruiting advice.


Welcome to the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website – your online information center for workforce services and programs like unemployment benefits.

 

 


CT TRAIN 

Welcome to the TRAIN Learning Network

TRAIN is a national learning network that provides quality training opportunities for professionals who protect and improve the public’s health.  You can set up an account and take classes.


LinkedIn 

A business and employment-oriented online service mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. LinkedIn allows members (workers and employers) to create profiles and “connections” to each other in an online social network. Members can invite anyone to become a connection.  Profiles can be used when applying for jobs online and employers may contact members when the job search in the profile is turned on. 


CareerBuilder.com

An employment website founded in 1995 and with offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  CareerBuilder.com provides labor market intelligence, talent management software, and other recruitment solutions, including online career search services for more than 1,900 partners as of March 2008, including 140 newspapers and portals such as AOL and MSN.


SECT SCORE  

Free business advice and ongoing mentoring to help you start up a new business or improve the results of your current small business. SCORE 40+ business professionals who volunteer to help build small businesses in our community. Running a business is challenging; but you are not alone. SCORE has helped entrepreneurs in “start-up” mode, as well as owners of established small businesses by providing ideas and guidance to grow their business. Southeastern Connecticut SCORE® is a non-profit partner of the SBA, chartered by the US Congress to offer free business counseling to the public. Education is an important focus. They offer 60 workshops a year covering: business basics, managing finances, digital marketing and social media, franchising, and preparing business plans.


Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.