Job and Career Resources

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Job Search Websites

User friendly or most effective:

Career Specific:

Babysitting, pet sitting, senior care, housesitting, and housekeeping:


Cool jobs:

Federal jobs:


Hospitality: Hospitality Careers

Law enforcement: Law Enforcement Jobs 


State jobs - California:
Teaching and school district:

Websites that offer other resources: job-seeking tips, resume builders, career interest surveys, etc.

  Summer Jobs!

Check out these great tips on finding a summer job! Path to Summer Youth Employment

CONNECT2Careers: is a summer employment program through the San Diego workforce Partnership.
Apply online at Connect2Careers

C2C offers: 

  • Pre-placement work-readiness training
  • Connections between your interests and employers looking to hire
  • Career insights and skill-building
  • Staff guidance and support throughout your experience
  • Paid work 

 In order to participate in C2C's summer work program, you must be:

  • A City or County of San Diego resident
  • 16-24 years of age on or before the application deadline
  • Able to provide your own transportation
  • Able to obtain a work permit, if under the age of 18
  • Able to complete the online application process
  • Able to commit to an unpaid, pre-employment workshop
  • Able to apply to multiple employer positions online

 I Want to Work! I Know I Can!

Developed by the CA Transition Alliance in collaboration with the Calfornia Employment Consortium for Youth

 This excellent booklet is a guide to information, services, resources and websites that will help you achieve your goal to work: I Want to Work! I Know I Can!

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The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) funds job training programs that meet the needs of employers in San Diego County.  They are the local Workforce Development Board, designated by the City and County of San Diego.

SDWP’s career centers provide employment services, including career assessment, job training and job search assistance.

SDWP funds youth programs that provide work-readiness training to youth from low-income households as well as youth who are at risk of dropping out of school.  The goal is to prepare young adults for high school graduation, post-secondary education and, ultimately, a career.

SDWP also administers youth employment programs CONNECT2Careers and...

Access Inc. (an SDWP funded WIOA Program)

This program can help you decide on educational and career goals as well as explore career options through internships and employment.  Services include academic & job skills training and paid work experience. 

Complete this form to apply for services


See separate page for apprenticeship opportunities:


ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether you are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

The ASVAB test page of the website provides an overview of the test and sample questions to test your knowledge.

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                              Employment Development Department/State of California                            

Current information on the California labor market, salaries and occupational requirements.  You can complete career assessments, search for jobs, explore jobs in your area, learn job search tools and resume tips, find out about training and licenses and so much more!

Tips For Finding The Right Job In California

This great online workbook from EDD is a step by step guide to finding a job in California. This online booklet provides information on effective job searches; determining your job skills; where to get job information; how to complete applications, cover letters and resumes; interviewing skills and a job search checklist. Use this online booklet to assist you in finding work!  Tips For Finding The Right Job In California 


A Guide to Self-employment

Thinking Outside the Employment Box: Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Share Their Self-Employment Success Stories

Traditional workplace environments may not be for you. This publication from Iowa's Employment Development Initiative highlights success stories and should get your creative juices flowing!

Thinking Outside The Employment Box

Complete this short exercise to learn how to think like an entrepreneur.

Think Like an Entrepreneur

County of San Diego


Training for a Food Handler Certification online.  Be sure to sign up for a San Diego County course.

Here is the link to all schools that do in class training and online courses...

State Food Safety

Premier Food Safety




Most of us know Goodwill as a place to drop off donations or shop for great deals, but did you know that Goodwill can help you find a job?   Goodwill's employment programs include: 



If you click on the link, you will be able to see current job openings, and you can apply for the job online.

PAID TRAINING PROGRAMa three-month, part-time, hands-on training program with temporary positions in Retail, Donations, eCommerce, and Transportation Departments. WThey also offer a six-month, temporary position in their Maintenance Department. You will have the opportunity to learn workplace skills and gain experience to pursue a career.

YOUNG ADULTS - A program for young adults (18 - 25) who are ready to go to work; the program provides
one-on-one assistance to help you find and obtain employment

TICKET TO WORK - Are you receiving SSDI or SSI? Would you like to go to work without sacrificing all your benefits?

JOB FAIRS & WORKSHOPS: Check the Events page!

Goodwills' Community Employment Center job services are completely free and available in person and online. You can meet with their Career Advisors one-on-one to receive help with your job application, résumé, and interview preparation. You can also enroll in their free soft skill workshops: Job Application, Résumé Builder, Ace the Interview, Workplace Communication, Conflict Resolution Exceptional Customer Service, and Financial Literacy.

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Goodwill’s Supported Employment (SE) Programs provide services to support part-time and full-time paid employment for adults with developmental disabilities, referred by the San Diego Regional Center or the California Department of Rehabilitation. The program offers specialized job training and individually tailored support FREE of charge to eligible participants. 

 Job Corps 

Job Corps

A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, which provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education.

Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income. Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today's careers.

A list of careers offered and detailed information about each course can be found at: Job Corps Careers and Training

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don't have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered to all Job Corps students in order to help them make the transition into the workplace.

Our local Job Corps is located at:

1325 Iris Avenue, Building 60

Imperial Beach, CA 91932-3751

Tel: (619) 429-8500

Fax: (619) 429-4909 

                                     O*NET OnLine - O*NET is a website for exploring and searching occupations.  It also contains Career Exploration Tools and assessments for students searching for career options.

Security Guard Training and Information

This link will take you to the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and provides important licensing information for students interested in becoming Security Guards:

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Social Security - Ticket To Work Program

 If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security, and protections if you have to stop working due to your disability. Social Security's Ticket to Work program supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your "employment team" that will help you on your journey to financial independence.


United States of America Department of Labor

GetMyFuture is a great student resource from the U.S. Department of Labor...check it out, it's very user-friendly! (also a mobile-friendly web app) assists students in planning their careers, exploring education and training options, and searching and applying for jobs. The site includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, and tips and best practices.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 

For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook gives you the training and
education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, job descriptions, and working conditions.

In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.