In this fourth and last Job Search Tips blog, I wanted to identify some helpful resources for jobseekers.

By no means is the list below all-inclusive, nor does being of this list imply any endorsement by me. Everyone’s situation is unique and different. Review the organizations below with an eye towards what might help with meeting YOUR short-term and long-term needs and goals. Hopefully you will find a group or resource listed here that can assist with your particular circumstances.

 

  • 211.org:   https://www.unitedwayli.org/find-help   or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.  211 Long Island is a free, non-emergency information service that connects Long Island residents to health and human resources, in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, they may need on a daily basis or during a disaster.
  • ACCES-VR (formerly known as VESID, part of the NY State Education Dept.); the acronym stands for Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation.  http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr —     ACCES-VR assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Their vision is that all individuals with disabilities who want to work will have the opportunity to achieve employment and independence.
  • Civil Service (government jobs) – You can create a Profile and Subscribe to Exam Alerts.
  • Nassau County:     https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/4346/Civil-Service-Exams
  • New York State:    https://www.ny.gov/agencies/department-civil-service
  • Suffolk County:     https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service
  • Indeed.com (one of the better-known job/internship search engines):  https://www.indeed.com/
  • Glassdoor.com (another job search engine with ratings/commentary about employers written by current & former employees):     https://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm
  • Long Island Business News:    https://libn.com/   Long Island Business News is a weekly business journal. Launched in 1953 as the Long Island Commercial Review, LIBN covers business, government, legal, nonprofit and health care issues in Long Island’s two counties, Nassau County and Suffolk County. It can be an excellent source of “jobseeker intelligence gathering” on local employers, their leaders, market trends, and networking opportunities.
  • Middle Country Public Library-Miller Business Library:   https://www.mcplibrary.org/adults/business-careers/miller-business-resource-center/.   The Miller Center serves as a regional resource for businesses, independent entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. Located at the Centereach branch, the Miller Center offers access to extensive and specialized business resources, as well as personalized business research and reference assistance. The goal of the Center is to support regional economic development by meeting the information needs of the business community, promoting a literate and job-ready workforce, and providing employment information and career exploration opportunities.
  • New York State Dept. of Labor:   https://dol.ny.gov/ —  *Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Enforcement of State Labor laws, Jobseeker Services*
  • Recruiters – Online Recruiters Directory  (also known as ‘headhunters’ or ‘Executive Search Firms’)        http://www.onlinerecruitersdirectory.com/hiring_manager.php
  • Suffolk County Dept. of Labor:  https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Labor      *Jobseeker services, Employer services, job fairs, assistance to persons on public assistance*
  • USA Jobs (federal government jobs):   https://www.usa.gov/government-jobs

Ask yourself the following important questions:

  • Am I finding the talent I need to grow our company or organization?
  • Am I investing in individuals who fit into our company’s culture, personality and goals?
  • Am I able to find matches for our company’s short and long-term growth with individuals who see their future here?
About the Author: Frank Pomata is currently employed by the Suffolk County Dept. of Labor where he assists persons on public assistance to re-enter the workforce. He has a diverse background with experience in the Non-Profit/Human Services sector, higher education, youth development, and government. During times of unemployment, he has utilized the services of the New York State Dept. of Labor, the Suffolk County Dept. of Labor, and also served on the Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board while he was the regional representative for JOB CORPS on Long Island. Most recently, Frank has been advocating for persons with mental illness in an effort to educate the public, reduce the stigma around mental illness, and ensure people can ask for assistance and be treated with dignity. Mr. Pomata is a 2020 Recipient of the MoXY Award from the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation in recognition of his ongoing efforts to mentor female students and professionals.