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Chapter 4-C: Jobs and Career Counseling

 

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Looking for a job is hard work. There is a lot of competition for positions and, if the job market is slow, finding employment may not be easy. Start looking for a job well before you actually want to start working. Ask family or adult friends for tips like dressing neatly and being on time for interviews.

 

If you can't locate a job, consider becoming a volunteer. Volunteer work is a way of establishing a work record which can be used later as a reference when applying for paid employment. Some places which accept volunteers are hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, libraries, and recreation centers.

 

Job Resources

 

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Comprehensive employment and training services for Baltimore County residents, including testing, skills assessment, career consultation, labor market information, job readiness seminars, and job referrals. Baltimore County centers maintain extensive databases of job opportunities. They provide access to computers, telephones, fax and copying machines, guidance in resume development, the opportunity to take literacy courses, General Education Diploma ( GED) or English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL ) class, and much more.

 

  • Eastpoint Workforce Development Center
    7930 Eastern Boulevard
    Baltimore, Maryland 21224
    410-288-9050
    E-mail: eastwdc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center
    11101 McCormick Road, Suite 102
    Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
    410-887-7940
    E-mail: huntwdc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Liberty Center Workforce Development Center
    3637 Offutt Road
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
    410-887-8912
    E-mail: lcwdrc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Mobile Career Center
    Contact Anthony Smith, CPRW
    Mobile Career Center Coordinator
    Department of Economic Development
    Division of Workforce Development
    3637 Offutt Road
    Randallstown, Maryland  21133
    Office: 410-887-0462
    A mobile unit containing six on-board PC's for use by job seekers, as well as, job counselors from Workforce Development who not only assist with job searchers, but also help with writing resumés and developing interview skills, enrolling job seekers in various Workforce programs, helping people with convictions on their records work with that reality when applying for jobs, and teaching folks how to do a job search and apply in the online environment. Van visits several locations throughout Baltimore County, contact their office for a schedule.

 

  • Youth Services
    Provides programs and services that help youth, ages 14 to 21 reach their education and employment goals. By working in partnership with employers, school districts and communities to engage in activities that focus on academic achievement, employability and life skills. Supports several programs, including a Summer Youth Employment Program, that provide employment and training services to targeted low-income, in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 14 to 18. Specific eligibility requirements and services vary from program to program.

 

Baltimore County Office of Human Resources
308 Allegheny Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
410-887-JOBS (5627) Baltimore County Government Jobs Hotline; Office: 410-887-3135
Information about employment with Baltimore County government. Job announcements are available online. All persons interested in applying for a County job must apply online.

 

Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
Drumcastle Center
6401 York Road., 2nd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
410-887-3580
410-887-2799 (TTY)
711 (Maryland Relay)
Offers links to employment resources useful to people with disabilities

 

Baltimore County Public Library
Has materials and services for individuals exploring careers or seeking jobs. Use your local Baltimore County Public Library branch to access computers for job searching or résumé writing, seek help from librarians trained to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. Librarians are available in person, by telephone, email or chat (opens in new window).

 

  • Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center (opens in new window)
    Connect with writing experts to help you create a resume or cover letter, take GED practice tests online and/or get live coaching in preparation for your GED, find online tutorials or a live expert to learn MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint. A free service offered by Baltimore County Public Library. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library.

 

Register for a free, confidential Log In. No personal information is needed. Create a username and password for access to several other services, including the Writing Lab (opens in new window): Submit a file with your resume/cover letter for review by a writing instructor. The paper is returned with comments on structure, grammar, style and content. The purpose of this service is not for the writing instructor to write your resume but to help you better organize and present your thoughts.

 

  • Jobs and Careers offers links to local, state, and national job search sites and resume posting sites, as well as local resources on volunteering. Explore a future career, the education or training needed, possible salary, employment trends, and more. Features resources for teens and students seeking that first job. Has tips on creating a resume and cover letter.

 

  • Interactive online practice tests including GED, SAT, ACT, Praxis, NCLEX, postal exams, law enforcement, occupational tests, certification and licensing tests, and more are available through the Testing and Education Research database (opens in new window) offered from Baltimore County Public Library branches and from home, work or school through the Baltimore County Public Library home page. All you need is a valid library card registered at the Baltimore County Public Library. Need help accessing a database? See the troubleshooting page.

 

Search under Career Tools: Career/Vo-Tech School Search area for more than 36,000 non-degree certificate, diploma, and licensing programs offered by more than 4,300 trade and technical schools and under College Prep Tools is a College Search feature.

 

Employment Services: Subject Guide
created by Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland
Links to staffing agenices, temporary employment services, and recruiters.

 

Maryland Department of Budget and Management - Office of Personnel Services and Benefits
Gerard Moylan Employment Center (job information)
301 West Preston Street
Room 501A
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Toll Free: 800-705-3493
State government job openings posted online (opens in new window). Obtain application forms by writing, phoning or downloading from their website.

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Division of Labor and Industry
1100 North Eutaw Street, Room 606
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-767-2241 (Information)
410-767-2246 (Apprenticeship and Training Program)
Enforces wage and hours laws and assists in collecting unpaid wages. Enforces laws concerning employment issues, including wage and hour laws and complaints about employment agencies. Provides information on issuance of work permits for youth and on apprenticeship and occupational training for skilled trades and crafts.

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
E-mail det@dllr.state.md.us
Serves both employers needing workers and job seekers searching for employment.

 

  • At local Career Centers, testing, skills assessment, career consultation, labor market information, job readiness seminars, and job referrals are offered. Employment information  for individuals with disabilities is also available. Also lists upcoming job fairs.

 

  • Maryland Workforce Exchange website (opens in new window) provides online information about all types of job opportunities, career choices, labor market information, and training. It can be used at any local One-Stop Career Centers or from any public or personal computer. All types of jobs are listed.

    View video on How to Use the Maryland Workforce Exchange Website (3:26 minutes) (opens in new window) created by the Enoch Pratt Free Library

 

Maryland Jobs Online: Subject Guide
created by Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland
Links to online sources of Maryland jobs

 

National Rehabilitation Information Center
Contact information specialists through their webform (opens in new window) for quick information and referral to agencies and organizations with services and support for people with disabilities. The information specialists have gathered a collection of online, print, and phone resources for a wide array of topics.

 

USAJOBS - United States Office Of Personnel Management (opens in new window)
The official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. The database is searchable by keyword, agency name, announcement number and can be limited by location, job category, salary range, full time or part time, and pay grade. Has tips on applying for a federal job and tutorial on using the site. More information on federal government jobs

 

Veterans Services
Links to resources on employment and education in Baltimore County as well as Federal sites which are of importance to veterans and their families. A collaborative project, involving federal, state and County government agencies, Baltimore County Public Library, as well as nonprofit organizations.

 


 

Career Counseling and Job Training

 

The Arc Baltimore, Inc.
7215 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-1552
410-296-2272 TTY: 410-296-6372
Provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Services include adult vocational and pre-vocational skills training and supported employment programs. Employment programs include sub-contract work for private businesses.

 

Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Young Parent Support Center
201 Back River Neck Road (Middleborough Shopping Plaza)
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
410-853-3860
A comprehensive family support and development center serving the greater Essex area. Offers GED classes, employment readiness and career exploration programs, introductory and intermediate computer literacy workshops, seminars in career exploration and job readiness.

 

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Comprehensive employment and training services for Baltimore County residents, including testing, skills assessment, career consultation, labor market information, job readiness seminars, and job referrals. Baltimore County centers maintain extensive databases of job opportunities. They provide guidance in resume development, the opportunity to take literacy courses, a General Education Diploma ( GED) or English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL ) class, and much more.

 

  • Eastpoint Workforce Development Center
    7930 Eastern Boulevard
    Baltimore, Maryland 21224
    410-288-9050
    E-mail: eastwdc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Hunt Valley Workforce Development Center
    11101 McCormick Road, Suite 102
    Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
    410-887-7940
    E-mail: huntwdc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Liberty Center Workforce Development Center
    3637 Offutt Road
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
    410-887-8912
    E-mail: lcwdrc@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)

 

  • Mobile Career Center
    Contact Anthony Smith, CPRW
    Mobile Career Center Coordinator
    Department of Economic Development
    Division of Workforce Development
    3637 Offutt Road
    Randallstown, Maryland  21133
    Office: 410-887-0462
    A mobile unit containing six on-board PC's for use by job seekers, as well as, job counselors from Workforce Development who not only assist with job searchers, but also help with writing resumés and developing interview skills, enrolling job seekers in various Workforce programs, helping people with convictions on their records work with that reality when applying for jobs, and teaching folks how to do a job search and apply in the online environment. Van visits several locations throughout Baltimore County, contact their office for a schedule.

 

  • Youth Services and Programs
    Provides programs and services that help youth, ages 14 - 21 reach their education and employment goals.  By working in partnership with employers, school districts and communities, the Youth Services division engages in activities that focus on academic achievement, employability skills and life skills. Supports several programs, including a Summer Youth Employment Program, that provide employment and training services to targeted low-income, in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 14-18.  Specific eligibility requirements and services vary from program to program.

 

Baltimore County Public Schools - Alternative Education Programs and Services
410-887-2270
Alternative education programs for at-risk middle and high school students. Offers students different options, environments and structures to continue their education.

 

  • Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies
    901 South Rolling Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21228
    410-887-0934
    Alternative high school offers academic, vocational and social/emotional experiences designed to help youth, ages 14 to 21, acquire attitude, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the work world. Basic reading and math skills and General Education Diploma (GED) instruction, vocational exploration, academic and vocational assessment, job search and social/emotional support is available for out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 21.

 

  • Rosedale Center
    8200 Old Philadelphia Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    410-887-0133
    Alternative high school offers academic, vocational and social/emotional experiences designed to help youth, ages 12 to 21, to acquire attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in the work world. Basic reading and skills and General Education Diploma (GED) instruction, vocational exploration, academic and vocational assessment, job search, and social/emotional support is available for out-of-school youth, ages 16 to 21.

 

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
410-737-2600
Toll Free: 1-888-322-4567
Provides training and employment opportunities to blind and visually impaired adults and high school youth.

 

Career Services at Jewish Community Services
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
410-466-9200
Meet with experienced vocational counselors or employment specialists. Services are available for new Americans and persons with barriers to employment. Career counseling to unemployed and under-employed individuals. Service includes job counseling, resume preparation, assessment and evaluation, job search strategies, interview training, and vocational rehabilitation. Clients have full access to computers in the Resource Center

 

Catapult Learning Career Starters
7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
410-285-1842
Employment and training program for low-income youth ages 16-18 who are out of school and unemployed. Provides assistance with General Education Diploma (GED) preparation, computer literacy training, career planning, work readiness and job placement. 

 

Community Assistance Network ( CAN )
7900 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
410-285-4674
Offers career counseling and financial literacy workshops

 

  • Essex Office
    Department of Social Services
    439 Eastern Avenue
    Essex, Maryland 21221
    410-853-3824

 

  • Hillendale Office
    Hillendale Gates Apartments
    6600 Wycombe Way
    Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    410-339-6457

 

  • Randallstown Office
    Liberty Family Resource Center
    3525 Resource Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21133
    410.285.4674 ext.307 or ext.308

 

  • Rosedale Office
    Fontana Village Community Outreach Center
    20 Serpens Court
    Rosedale, Maryland 21237
    410-682-6607

 

The Community College of Baltimore County - Continuing Education and Economic Development (opens in new window)
To register call 443-840-4700
Non-credit, adult education classes offered for Adult Basic Education, for getting a General Education Diploma (GED), for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and for career and business training, and getting other vocational skills.  Fees vary according to course. Classes held in locations throughout Baltimore County.

 

Adult Basic Education (ABE) - Essential Skills
Addresses practical reading, writing and math skills for adults and workplace literacy skills

 

Business and Career Training and Community Education classes 443-840-4700 (Registration)
For available courses, place cursor over words Training for Businesses, Career Training and Basic  Education

 

Distance Learning
The Community College of Baltimore County offers a variety of courses that use various technologies to deliver instruction. This includes non-credit and credit online courses, telecourses, and interactive video courses. Many are geared to learning or enhancing job skills. These courses are designed to allow students to schedule learning activities at times more convenient to their schedules.

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL ) 443-840-3748

 

External Diploma Program for an adult eighteen years or older to earn a high school diploma. It is designed for adults who are competent in basic reading and math, self-directed and concerned with flexibility because of job and family commitments. To make an appointment, call 443-840-1284 .

 

General Education Diploma ( GED )

 

Single Step Program for Special Populations 443-840-3262
A non-credit pre-vocational, academic and socialization program for adults between ages 18 to 60, with disabilities and learning challenges. No high school diploma is required. Program is designed to assist in transition to college, vocational training or employment. Offers academic skills like basic reading and math skills, independent living skills, GED prep, vocational prep and more.

 

First Step, Inc.
GED and Youth Employment and Training Program
3525 North Rolling Road, Suite 23
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
410-521-3800 or 410-521-4141

For economically disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of school and are unemployed. Program is designed to help youth toward attaining their GED and getting a job. Students receive educational assistance and tutoring in addition to GED preparation, life skills and pre-employment skills. The program requires daily attendance in a 90 day program and also supports participants in job placement and on the job followup for a period of 1 year after completion.  There is no cost to this program except for the GED testing fee and First Step may be able to assist with that cost in certain circumstances

 

Job Corps
1-800-733-JOBS (5627)
Comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk Maryland youth, ages 16 to 24, who meet income guidelines. Academic, social skills, career and occupational skill development addressed. GED preparation offered as well as training in various occupations. Job Corps students receive housing, meals, basic health care, and a living allowance twice a month

 

 

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Division of Labor and Industry
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-767-2241 (General Information)
410-767-2246 (Apprenticeship and Training Program)
Information on apprenticeship and industry sponsored occupational training for the skilled trades and crafts. Apprenticeship is open to anyone age 16 or older, and 18 to apprentice in specified hazardous occupations.

 

Maryland Private Career Schools
Search for Maryland Higher Education Commission approved schools and programs. Maryland's private career schools offer training for everything from cosmetology to medical imaging. No private career school may operate in Maryland without Maryland Higher Education Commission approval. Site provides information for those interested in attending a school as well as former students of closed schools.

 

Maryland State Department of Education - Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
1-888-554-0334; 410-554-9442 (voice), TTY: 410-554-9411

A statewide rehabilitation services program designed to support the employment and economic independence of individuals with physical or mental or cognitive impairments. DORS begins to serve high school students, usually at the beginning of their next to last year, so they can move into higher education, vocational training and employment. Students in special education programs, who received accommodations in school or have significant health conditions may be eligible for services.

 

DORS vocational rehabilitation programs and services may include interest, skills and ability assessments, programs and classes to teach job skills, classes for reading, writing and mathematics, and job placement assistance.The Workforce and Technology Center in Baltimore offers career assessment, rehabilitation technology, career skills training, driver's education, job placement assistance, assistive technology services and other medical and support services that prepare people to work or remain independent. People who attend the Workforce and Technology Center must be referred from a Career Center, or an insurance company, or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

  • Catonsville Office
    Beltway West Corporate Center
    Suites 214-216, 5740 Executive Drive
    Catonsville, Maryland 21228-1758
    410-744-8460
    TTY: 410-744-8461

 

  • Eastern Baltimore County
    2301 Argonne Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21218
    410-554-3320

 

  • Towson Office
    113 Towsontown Boulevard
    Suite B
    Towson, Maryland 21286-5352
    410-321-4044
    410-321-2394 (Regional Office)
    Video Phone:
    866-273-7402 (Toll-free)
    443-275-7444 (Local)
    TTY: 410-321-4035

 

 


 

Unemployment Insurance

 

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Division of Unemployment Insurance
Claimant Information:
Baltimore area & out of state - 410-949-0022; Toll free inside MD - 1-800-827-4839
TTY Baltimore area & out of state 410-767-2727; TTY Toll free inside MD 1-800-827-4400; For Maryland Relay dial 711

Provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work.

 

Your first claim can be filed (opens in new window) online or by telephone to the claim center serving your area. All claim centers take claims by telephone only, Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays, 8 am to 4 pm. 

 

  • Towson Claim Center
    410-853-1600; Toll-free Md only 1-877-293-4125; Fax: 410-853-1668
    Serves Baltimore County

 

If you want information on an existing claim or to file your biweekly continued claim (request for payment) over the telephone, you must call the Claimant Information Service at 410-949-0022; TTY: 410-767-2727 (automated telephone information system that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) or file your bi-weekly continued claim (request for payment) over the Internet through WebCert (opens in new window).