JOB HUNTING IS TOUGH
We get it. That’s why we’re here to help make your job search as easy as possible. Whether you need help writing a resume, or information about the next job fair, we got you covered.
WE CAN HELP YOU REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
Whether you’re in high school exploring career options or an experienced worker looking for a new or better job, we can help! We have the resources and connections to help you get closer to reaching your professional goals. And if you know you want to go to school or enter a credentialing program, visit the Training Programs page on this website.
OTHER EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
Life is complicated, especially when it comes to career planning and financial security. Do have a budget or know how to connect with the Employment Security Department?
The Calculator can help you with immediate next steps and plan for your future.
Determine your target salary to help you choose the right occupation.
Learn about and/or apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
South Central Works is SCWDC’s official podcast dedicated to helping you with your job search. Learn how to write a resume, interview online, and so much more. Listen and learn; all episodes are less than 30-minutes!
WRITING A RESUME
This episode features an interview with Cheryl Nixon, Program Lead at People For People. Discover some of the changes when it comes to resume writing and the importance of a branding statement. You’ll also learn how to uncover and articulate your unique talents, skills, and experiences in order to maximize your chances for success as a job seeker.
With the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have an updated resume. Discover what you need to consider when writing a resume, and some of the most in-demand skills that you’ll want to highlight.
DO YOU HAVE A DISABILITY?
There services available to assist wherever you live:
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation offers many services and can help purchase specialized equipment.
Elmview provides services to people with disabilities in Kittitas and Yakima counties. They offer help with employment, housing respite for caregivers, training and education.
EnTrust Community Services assists people in Yakima County and Prosser with disabilities by promoting education, employment and healthcare.
Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides training, counseling, and support to Washington residents who are blind, visually impaired, pursue employment, education and independent living.
ARE YOU JUSTICE INVOLVED?
Washington Fair Chance Act – RCW chapter 49.94 – protects job applicants with a criminal record. The law prohibits businesses from automatically or categorically excluding workers with consideration before determine that they are otherwise qualified for a position. This law has been in effect since 2018.
If you have been involved with the justice system, help is available:
- If you have a history of theft and are finding it difficult to find employment, look into Washington’s bonding program.
- Career One Stop can help you move past your criminal record.
- The Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers employers an incentive to hire individuals with a past that leads to a barrier to employment.
- The State has developed a reentry guide to help you connect with available resources.
NEED HELP WITH MORE THAN FINDING WORK?
At one time or another, we all need someone to lean on. Get help feeding your family, with transportation, and more:
Gorge Translink is the gateway to getting around the Columbia River Gorge.
HopeSource provides access to vital services like transportation, education, and employment in Kittitas County.
Northwest Community Action Center helps people in Yakima county learn new skills, find jobs, and provides assistance with heating expenses.
Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington (OIC) offers emergency food assistance, youth, and senior services throughout Central Washington.
Pahto Transit provides assistance with travel within the Yakama Nation.
People For People services communities throughout Central Washington with meals on wheels and transportation for eligible individuals.
Washington Connection offers a fast and easy want to connect with Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care and Medicare Savings Programs.
Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) assists people in Klickitat and Skamania counties. WAGAP can help you navigate social services, pay your power bill, connect with food banks and more.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers food, cash and medical assistance to qualified individuals.
August 9, 2020 – Yakima Herald Republic
Central Washington Works: Ways to make sure your skills keep pace by Michelle Smith
May 3, 2020 – Yakima Herald Republic
Watch: Job searching tips with Lisa Kime by Amanda Ray