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Unemployment is now the highest since June, 1983. Now, more than ever, Americans need as many tools as possible to land a new job. If you're out of work, you're certainly not alone. But now might be a good time to enhance your future career choices by getting job training. And depending on your situation, you might find it free.

Unemployment is now the highest since June, 1983.  A 26-year high at 9.8%.  The Labor Department said there has been a net loss of 263,000 jobs in the month, up from the revised loss of 201,000 jobs.

Now, more than ever, Americans need as many tools as possible to land a new job.  So, what can you do?

“You’ve got skills that we’re going to point out to you. You did time management, you raised children, you had to organize things. And some of those skills we’ll help you with and point out to you on how to sell yourself.”
-Cheryl Buchanan, AARP Work Search

It’s called the AARP WorkSearch Program. If you qualify, AARP staff will help you update your resume, help you with job leads… even get you started with a job at a local non-profit.

If you’re under 60, try a state-sponsored career center. Either in person… or online at the Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop website. Either way, you’ll find plenty of resources for both jobs and job training.

Goodwill’s job training programs might also help. While their core goal is to employ the disabled, they also offer job training in various careers, as well as helping with job searches, resume writing and interviewing.

And if you’re ready to take the leap to becoming self-employed, start with the SBA. Their SCORE program is staffed by experienced volunteers standing by with expert advice to help you get started.

But however you do it, do it. If you’re out of work and need help, there are organizations out there that want to help you.

“You just need to get up every day and go someplace and feel productive. And that’s what AARP helped me with.”
-Cheryl Buchanan, AARP Work Search

Bottom line? Being out of work is certainly no picnic. But sometimes when one door closes, another opens. So check out some free resources and start knocking.

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Source:  CNN Money

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