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Job Search & Career Tools

This guide provides information and resources for job seekers.

Local Agencies

Job Search Overview

Whether you are looking for your first job, moving to a new position in your field, or switching careers, searching for a job takes time, perseverance and thought. There is not one method guaranteed to work for every person, but there are tools you can use to create a clear strategy for your job search.

Things to consider while you're job searching:

  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Stay motivated
  • Be clear about the kind of job you want
  • Identify and combine your connections to find that job - volunteering, networking, professional organizations, job boards
  • Use multiple methods - networking, direct contact, professional associations, Internet, staffing agencies
  • Get organized - create an Excel or Google spreadsheet and track positions and information

Things to help you get started:

  • Time
  • Internet access - from home or your library
  • Email address
  • Necessary paperwork - applications, resume, cover letter, etc.

The resources listed below are tools that can assist you in your search. Some are specific to Colorado Springs and the greater El Paso County area while others are general and useful to anyone. 

Local Tools & Resources

undefinedConnecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system that delivers immediate, tangible results for your future. You can post your resume, apply for a specific job or do a self-directed job search through our jobs database.

Connecting Colorado provides current, vetted positions available throughout the state and is updated regularly.

New job seekers will need this information to set up an account.

If COVID-19 has affected your job, this tool will help connect you to the companies in the Colorado Springs community hiring right now. Visit the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC's blog that includes resources and tools to guide you through this time.

This site includes Colorado Springs’ best career resources in one place, including employers who want to hire you and resources to help you learn more about opportunities in the community. 

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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. They connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. Their clients range from entry-level to professional, including youth, adults, people returning to the workforce, and those with barriers to employment Veterans have priority for all PPWFC services. PPWFC provides job search and training opportunities at no cost.

 

  • Provides the resources needed for career transitions to residents of El Paso and Teller Counties, whether they are unemployed, underemployed, or employed.
  • Provides career guidance and development through career assessment workshops and websites that can help you determine your skills, interests, and occupations that might be a good fit for you!
  • Provide educational and training opportunities in a variety of ways.

**CONTACT THE PPWFC BY PHONE TO DETERMINE THE BEST WAY TO RECEIVE SERVICES**

Contact Information

Address: 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Phone: (719) 667-3700

Goodwill Staffing supports Discover Goodwill’s mission of helping people achieve greater personal and economic independence. This design comes to life as we carefully match the right candidate with the right opportunity, and service our business clients with the highest degree of professionalism and effectiveness. 

  • Specialize  in providing healthcare, industrial, clerical and management employees to a wide variety of industries 
  • Offer temporary, temp-to-hire, executive recruiting, outsourcing, direct-hire and payroll services

My Colorado Journey is a free service that connects job seekers and students to careers, education planning and support resources through a guided process that drives action and goal completion. It includes tools like Careers in Colorado (pathways for Colorado's growing industries), Money 101, Interest Surveys, and much more.

My Colorado Journey makes it easy to evaluate career and program options, set goals and take the steps needed to achieve them, whether you’re an adult switching careers, a high school student choosing a next adventure or a military veteran transitioning into civilian life. 

This site is supported by Talent Found, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Workforce Development Council, and Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. 

My Colorado Journey Overview

My Colorado Journey Account Creation

Additional Tools & Resources

How to Search for Jobs - US Jobs/Internships Model

This instructional video shows you how to use Reference USA in your job search.

Evaluating Web Resources

Anyone can publish a webpage without it being evaluated for accuracy or quality of information. Reviews by peers, scholars, editors, and publishers are not often applied to websites. The following evaluation criteria should be applied when viewing a website:

  • Authorship. Is the author identified? What are the author's credentials? For example, does the site include the author's position and institutional or organizational affiliation? Is the URL for an educational institution (.edu) or government agency (.gov)? 
  • Accuracy. Can the data be verified from other sources? Does the author have an obvious bias? Check the facts.
  • Audience. Is the site intended for scholars, professionals, or students?
  • Currency. Does the website include the date it was created and/or updated? Are the links current?
  • Coverage. Does the site state its intended scope? Is it designed to cover an entire subject, or to give detailed information on one aspect?
  • Relative Value. How does it compare to other sources of similar information? Are there other more accurate or complete sources - possibly in print format or a library database? Even with all of the useful information online, sometimes the most reliable resources are print books on the shelf at the library.

For additional information, check out the link below. This source offers detailed criteria that can be applied when conducting research on the internet.