U.S. Government Agencies – Career Resources
Job Seeker and Career
U.S. Department of Labor:
Career OneStop – This U.S. Department of Labor website offers many easy-to-understand online products and workforce information to assists job seekers, students, workers, intermediaries and employers as they seek employment, research careers, contemplate pathways and utilize tools for analysis.
State Job Bank - On this DOL webpage, employers can post opportunities directly to their state’s job bank. Use of the job banks does require registration for both employer and job seeker.
Women’s Bureau - The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments.
veterans.gov - This website offers an interactive map so that specific state resources and information relative to employment can be researched.
US DOL, Career Services by State Location - A bit different from the State Job Bank and a little bit more robust in that each state index includes many services relative to employment, training, employee benefits and more that are relevant to that state’s job pipeline.
Senior Community Service Employment Program - The SCSEP is a subsite on the DOL that shares information on community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers.
US DOL, Occupations - On this webpage of the US DOL web environment you will find links to webpages on Bureau of Labor Statistics employment and wages by occupation, career information, employment levels and projections, and various types of earnings data.
O*Net Online - O*NET OnLine is an application that was created for the general public to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling.
USA Jobs - This government website connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities around the world. It is the Federal Government’s official employment site and provides many useful resources to help people find just the right job.
Job Corps - Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career training program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years. The program helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, trains them for meaningful careers, and assists them with obtaining employment.
apprenticeships.gov - Listed here are popular nationwide listings of apprenticeship possibilities as well as a search tool with keyword and location input parameters to help you hone in on an opportunity that fits your criteria.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Careers and Employment - For our nation’s heroes, this government website will provide guidance with career and employment assistance, managing your career, as well as offer a series of resources.
Feds Hire Vets - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management offers this subsite in conjunction with the Veterans Services Office as a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of veterans. Feds Hire Vets reaches across Federal Government entities to increase the number of veterans, transitioning military service members, and their families employed and retained in the civil service.
VA for Vets - The Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO) provides employment readiness assistance and outreach to transitioning service members, Veterans, and eligible military spouses while advocating the use of special hiring authorities, employment programs, and Veteran retention strategies to help VA become the employer of choice for Veterans and military spouses.
gogovernment.org - This is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Since 2002, over 15,000 students and interns have been trained on how to apply to federal jobs by visiting college campuses, hosting webinars and more.
Hiring Excellence Campaign - As part of the People and Culture Cross-Agency Priority Goal of the President’s Management Agenda, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) are leading a nationwide Hiring Excellence Campaign (the Campaign or HEC) to prepare agencies to “Connect with Top Talent” from communities across America.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook - If you are looking to enter the job market, change jobs, or find career information, the Handbook can help. You can learn about the work, education and training requirements, advancement opportunities, employment, salary, and 10-year job outlook for hundreds of occupations. The Handbook also lists related occupations and sources of more information.
Bureau of Labor Statistics – Job Seekers and Workers - This U.S. Government website hosts many guiding tools and subsites for career guidance and information based on fact and data. As well, resources for locating jobs are available.
USA.gov, Jobs - This webpage of the USA.gov website can assist you in many ways: looking for a job, starting a business, planning for retirement, the unemployment process, volunteering, labor laws and more.
U.S. Department of Commerce - This government department’s mission is to create conditions for economic growth and opportunity. In support of that mission, you may find information on job opportunities with this department, hiring initiatives, NOAA opportunities, student internships and more can be found on this government website.
Office of Personnel Management, Students and Recent Grads Hiring Information - This government Office supports two programs for students and recent graduates: The Internship Program for current students; the Recent Graduates Program for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course of study). As well, the reinvigorated Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program for people who obtained an advanced degree (e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years if offered. These programs are streamlined developmental programs tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.
Colleges and Programs
First Student Aid - Offered are tips on getting ready for college. Learn about the federal student aid programs as well as other sources of financial aid to help you pay for college or career school. Also, learn about the process for applying for and receiving financial aid.
U.S. Department of Education, College Scorecard - Find out about colleges: their programs, costs, admissions, results, and more
USA Study Abroad - The U.S. Department of State is committed to expanding study abroad opportunities for American students in an effort to provide them with the critical skills in support of national security and economic prosperity.
U.S. Department of Education, Grants - This Department’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. In pursuant of this, there are grants available to assist individuals with money for college and career. In addition, there are student loan programs available.
USA.gov, Financial Aid - If you need help paying for college, technical, or career school, check out the options you may be eligible for from the federal government and other sources. Learn why federal student loans are generally preferable to private loans, and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
Entrepreneurs and Startups
National Science Foundation, Seed Fund - ‘America’s Seed Fund’ helps startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. The goals are to foster innovation and help create businesses and jobs in the United States.
SBA, Office of Entrepreneurial Development and Resources - The U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of resource partnership to help millions of small businesses start, grow and succeed. If you’re just starting out, SBA resources can help organize your thoughts on what type of business you want to open. SBA resources can also help you obtain loans and develop your business management skills.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) - Startup funds are available via highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.
USA.gov, Start a Small Business - Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government and more.
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Startup Resources - The USPTO’s hub for startup resources provides links you can use to find help as you address the intellectual property (IP) challenges specific to startups, including assessing your IP portfolio, securing funding, and guarding against costly infringement litigation. You will find practical information and useful tools, available from a wide variety of government agencies, which can assist you at every stage of growing your business, from your initial idea to entering the global marketplace.
Library of Congress, Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information - If your business is interested in doing business with the federal government the resources provided on this website will help you navigate the federal contracting landscape and offer step-by-step guidance to bidding and winning contracts.
Leadership and Development
Office of Personnel Management, Federal Leadership Development Programs - This government Office offers an online catalogue of Federal Government Leadership Development Programs (FedLDP). Here you will find a searchable electronic library of programs offered by Federal departments and agencies to foster the development of leadership skills in their employees. Information on programs can be found by searching the catalog by agency, pay level, key words, and/or audience scope.
energy.gov, Leadership Development - In conjunction with the DOE, programs offered consist of developmental experiences, formal and informal training, active learning projects, as well as on-line learning seminars.
digital.gov, Federal Leadership and Professional Development Community - Seminars are provided to federal employees on leadership, professional development, and strategy. The seminars are free and held throughout the year for a broad federal audience that includes: budding leaders who wish to lead where they are, individuals striving to attain leadership positions one day, those managing leadership development programs, and seasoned leaders wishing to learn from other federal leaders.