Utah has done a pretty good job of weathering the pandemic, generally speaking. While not perfect, our recovery process seems to be going fairly smoothly and quickly, especially in comparison to many other states. That doesn’t mean that everything’s been sunshine and rainbows for everyone though. Plenty have lost their jobs and are looking for work. The good news is that there are resources available that can help.
Sometimes knowing where to begin when looking to find a new job can be overwhelming. Attending a job fair can be a good place to start. Job fairs give you a chance to network with businesses and get a feel for what different options might be a good fit. Just as importantly, they can give you some indication of what options might be a very poor fit. If you want to meet a bunch of potential employers in a short amount of time, attending a job fair is the way to go.
But what if you want to switch your career and don’t know how to go about it? Maybe you’ve been out of work for quite a while and aren’t sure how to best rejoin the workforce. If that sounds like you, career counseling may be a good option. Career counseling gives you a chance to meet with someone who can help you identify what jobs or careers might be a good fit for you, giving you direction and an idea of what to do next.
Depending on the job or career you want to get into, you may need to complete an apprenticeship before you can really get going. The Department of Workforce Services in Utah offers career and education assistance, including with apprenticeships. They have a list of apprenticeship job openings, resources that allow you to research apprenticeship programs, and may be able to help you connect with community and public assistance resources. You may even be able to apply for assistance with funding some of your apprenticeship expenses.
Just because you hear about all these places that are hiring doesn’t mean that landing a job is going to be easy. Fortunately, resources like job fairs, career counseling, and apprenticeship assistance are available to job seekers who need them. Remember, by building our workforce, we build our communities as a whole.
If you want to start making a difference, consider joining the Education and Workforce Development Committee and make your voice heard