Many Adult Education and ESOL students are looking for a new job because they are either unemployed or under-employed. In an effort to learn about what resources exist to help these students, the Literacy Council invited an NCWorks Career Center representative to speak to staff and tutors on Jan. 25. We learned that connecting with the NCWorks Career Center may help your student find, apply for, and get the job they’re looking for.
Each time a job seeker comes to the career center, they can choose to meet one-on-one with a career adviser who will help them:
- informally assess job seeking skills, work skills and work interests
- create or update a resume
- learn how to use the NCWorks Online website and create a NCWorks Online profile
- learn about center services, such as workshops, the Career Lab, on-site tutorials and computer class, career counseling, and financial aid for training
- as appropriate, obtain a referral for center services that require one
- discuss skill gaps and skill development opportunities
- find available jobs
Job seekers who want to receive this personalized assistance should come to the NCWorks office between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday for same day service.
Computer Resource Area
The NCWorks Career Center also offers a Computer Resource Area for job seekers. This area has twelve computers and is available for job search activities such as preparing a resume and completing an online job application. Job seekers do not have to meet with a career adviser before using the Resource Area, but they do need to check in at the front desk. This service is available from 8:30 am-4:55 pm Monday through Friday. Career advisers are available to provide general assistance in this area as needed.
Job Seeking Workshops
The NCWorks Career Center offers regularly scheduled workshops that focus on career planning and job seeking skills. Here are some workshop topic examples:
- Identifying Career Interests
- Mastering Online Applications
- Write a Winning Resume
- Networking – the Most Effective Way to Find a Job
- Computer Basics for Job Seekers
Workshops are free to job seekers. Click here to see a list of upcoming workshops. Sign up by calling (828) 251-6200 or visiting the NCWorks office.
Financial Assistance for Job Training
The NCWorks Career Center has access to federal funds to assist job seekers in paying for short-term (and some long-term) training programs. Short-term training programs take an average of 10-15 weeks and include: CNA, Hospitality, and Advanced Manufacturing courses. Job seekers should meet with an NC Works career adviser to learn more about this opportunity and eligibility requirements.
NC Works Online
NCWorks Online is a website with available jobs, job seeking tips and labor market information. Job seekers can create a NCWorks Online profile so employers can find their resume. They can also look for jobs in their desired field and geographic area. NCWorks career advisers can help job seekers start this process, as well as upload or create an online resume that employers can find when looking for new employees.
Requirements for Eligibility
To be eligible to participate in NC Works programs, a job seeker must have a valid Social Security number, ie: be a U.S. citizen or a non-U.S. citizen with authorization to work in the U.S.
To be eligible for financial assistance in approved training, a job seeker will either 1) need to meet certain income eligibility requirements or 2) be classified as a “Dislocated Worker” (click here for description). Because the NCWorks Career Center wants to provide training assistance to job seekers whenever appropriate, job seekers are encouraged to come to the center to find out if they qualify.
NCWorks Career Center
48 Grove Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.