Job Search & Training

Workforce Solutions Capital Area helps Central Texans prepare for the workforce and get back to work.

COVID-19 Resources For Workers

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Job Search

Job Training

For Veterans

For People With Disabilities

Adult Education and Literacy

Laid Off?

Unemployment Insurance

Additional Resources

Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Career Centers

North Career Center

Phone: 512.454.9675
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

East Career Center

Phone: 512.223.5400
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

South Career Center

Phone: 512.381.4200
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Resources for Workers Affected by COVID-19

We Stand with Austin’s Businesses and Workforce

If you are a worker whose employment has been disrupted by economic changes caused by COVID-19 concerns, we can assist you in finding new work or training for a higher-skilled role in related industries.

Our career centers are open by appointment only. We require all visitors and staff to wear a mask while inside the centers. Find your nearest center on our Locations page.

Call us to schedule an appointment:
North: 512.381.5100 ︱East: 512.223.5400 ︱South: 512.381.4208
For Vocational Rehabilitation Services, call 512.549.4967 and select option 6.

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Visit our JOBS NOW! page for a list of immediate openings!

Many job openings are available in Austin/Travis County. Search for jobs on WorkInTexas.com, the state’s job search website. Create an account to get started. Watch our online tutorials for help registering for an account. See the video playlist on YouTube.

We are maintaining this Jobs Now list as part of our response to economic changes related to COVID-19 and are here to help re-connect you to work. If you need assistance, call us at 512-549-4967.

If you live in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano or Williamson County, go to the Jobs Now page at Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

Unemployment Benefits Services

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) holds responsibility for the state unemployment compensation program. However, Workforce Solutions Capital Area works closely with TWC and can act as your local navigator to resources.

You can learn more about how to complete, submit, and confirm an Unemployment Benefits Services (UBS) application online at the TWC website (pdf).

Your first step in filing for Unemployment Benefits is to create a UBS login. To learn more about how to create a user ID and password, click here (pdf).

Once you have applied for Unemployment Benefits, please review the Texas Workforce Commissions Unemployment Handbook for needed information.

Wondering how to change your payment information or file an appeal? Find the answers to these questions and more at the TWC website.

Governor Abbott has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance. Please be sure to include some language such as “COVID-19”, “disaster”, “pandemic”, etc. if this is the reason you were released from work to ensure your claim is categorized correctly.

Find answers from TWC to common questions about unemployment benefits on our FAQ page.

Enhance Your Skills

We encourage you to start thinking about the skills you would like to enhance for your next career move. If you are unsure what that might be, the Texas Workforce Commission offers several resources to help:

Texas Career Check is a no-cost interest profiler that allows users to answer a series of 60 questions (takes approximately 10 minutes to complete) which will help you to link your career and task interests to occupation titles. Go to the Texas Career Check page.

Texas Genuine is another free career assessment that includes 6 questions. This assessment will inform you of the top 3 career clusters that best match their work interests. Go to the Texas Genuine page.

Texas Skills to Work is a tool that allows you to copy and paste (or upload) your resume, or simply list your skills and knowledge into the tool to gain information on:

  • Occupation titles that align with those skills
  • Other skills that closely align to those they listed to assist you with improving your resume

Go to the Texas Skills to Work page.

If you are interested in finding out labor market information specific to your region, the following tools may be helpful:

Texas Career Check’s Occupation Trends page features the top 25 “Hot Jobs” in your area. Go to Texas Career Check.

Texas LMI is a tool will help you find labor market projection data for your area. Go to Texas LMI.

People with Disabilities

If you have a physical, mental, or cognitive impairment or disability that makes employment hard for you, you may be eligible for services to help you prepare for, obtain, maintain or advance in employment. Texas Workforce Solutions -Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists individuals with any disability in partnership with Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

If you are an employer seeking to hire qualified candidates with disabilities, we also encourage you to ask for a Vocational Rehabilitation Business Relations Coordinator in your area to help with candidate referrals, accommodation, or technical assistance related to hiring individuals with disabilities.

For Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services:

  • Anyone needing employment assistance, including those with disabilities, can be directed to their nearest Workforce Solutions office, whose employment specialists will coordinate referrals or services with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff.
  • If a customer prefers to reach out to VR directly for assistance, they may use a directory to find the office closest to them. An email address is also available for customers who would like assistance connecting to the right office: vr.office.locator@twc.state.tx.us
  • VR serves individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind, deaf or hearing impaired, who need VR services to obtain or retain employment.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, VR staff are available remotely to assist customers. Here is a one page message to our customers on this: A Message to Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services Customers
Additional Resources for Affected Workers

We’re creating a video webinar series exploring topics like job searching, stress management, working from home, and more! To watch the videos, go to COVID-19 Resources for Youth.

TWC has information on making smart financial choices after a job loss (pdf).

For workers who are a recent resident of Texas, or earned income in more than one state during their base period, TWC has information about benefits options.

2-1-1 Texas can assist people to access basic needs. Call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website to learn more.

For resources in the Greater Austin Community, go to the ConnectATX website.

NAMI Central Texas has compiled a list of resources for local mental health centers, crisis planning, housing support, and more on their website.

Information on COVID-19 testing

Get COVID-19 Testing (pdf)

Obtenga ayuda con elcovid-19 ahora (pdf)

For residents seeking information about health insurance options:

Download COBRA vs. Marketplace: Helping Americans Make the Right Health Insurance Choice (pdf)

Download the Marketplace vs. COBRA frequently asked questions document (pdf)

More COVID-19 Resources

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Austin/Travis County, please refer to these official sources:

City of Austin COVID-19 Updates

Austin Center for Events COVID-19 Updates

Travis County COVID-19 Updates

Texas Workforce Commission COVID-19 Resources

Economic Impact Payments: what you need to know (pdf) and how to file (pdf)

For up-to-date information about Workforce Solutions Capital Area locations and programs, follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Jobs Now

Job Search

There are many aspects to a job search. Workforce Solutions Capital Area is here to be your teacher, coach and partner in finding your next job opportunity.

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Finding Job Opportunities – WorkInTexas.com

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Registering for WorkInTexas.com is your first step to finding employment. It’s a free, online, job resource tool brought to you by Workforce Solutions Capital Area and the Texas Workforce Commission:

WorkInTexas.com offers:

  • Access to thousands of local and statewide jobs
  • Online real-time job searches
  • Contact information for employers
  • Email notifications of job matches
  • Professional resume wizard
  • Helpful career tools
  • State of Texas or teacher applications
  • Ability to save your searches
  • Visit WorkInTexas.com to start your search today!

We created video tutorials to show you, step by step, how to register, set your account, and build a resume on WorkInTexas.com:

Where are the Jobs in Austin? – Mapping Job Openings

WFS Capital Area has created a map of some of the top job openings in our region. If the location of an available job opening is important to you, check out the WFS Capital Area Job Map.

Preparing to Apply and Interview – Job Search Workshops

WFS Capital Area offers a variety of free workshops each week to help you find and secure your next job. Our experienced and dedicated trainers have taught thousands of job seekers how to get the most out of WorkInTexas, create effective resumes, ace job interviews, succeed at work and more.

Attend a workshop today at one of our Career Centers!

Meeting Employers – Hiring Events

WFS Capital Area partners with local employers in two ways to find the right employees face-to-face.

Personalized Hiring Events – WFS Capital Area’s Business Solutions team works with employers to conduct a personalized Hiring Event. These are planned with focus on the company and the specific postings they need to fill. Personalized Hiring Events may be held at any of our three Career Centers.

Employment Marketplace – Each week at our Career Centers, WFS Capital Area hosts area employers interested in marketing their job opportunities to job seekers.

Attend an upcoming Hiring Event at one of our Career Centers!

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Finding Job Opportunities – WorkInTexas.com

WorkInTexas Logo

Registering for WorkInTexas.com is your first step to finding employment. It’s a free, online, job resource tool brought to you by Workforce Solutions Capital Area and the Texas Workforce Commission:

WorkInTexas.com offers:

  • Access to thousands of local and statewide jobs
  • Online real-time job searches
  • Contact information for employers
  • Email notifications of job matches
  • Professional resume wizard
  • Helpful career tools
  • State of Texas or teacher applications
  • Ability to save your searches
  • Visit WorkInTexas.com to start your search today!

We created video tutorials to show you, step by step, how to register, set your account, and build a resume on WorkInTexas.com:

Where are the Jobs in Austin? – Mapping Job Openings

WFS Capital Area has created a map of some of the top job openings in our region. If the location of an available job opening is important to you, check out the WFS Capital Area Job Map.

Preparing to Apply and Interview – Job Search Workshops

WFS Capital Area offers a variety of free workshops each week to help you find and secure your next job. Our experienced and dedicated trainers have taught thousands of job seekers how to get the most out of WorkInTexas, create effective resumes, ace job interviews, succeed at work and more.

Attend a workshop today at one of our Career Centers!

Meeting Employers – Hiring Events

WFS Capital Area partners with local employers in two ways to find the right employees face-to-face.

Personalized Hiring Events – WFS Capital Area’s Business Solutions team works with employers to conduct a personalized Hiring Event. These are planned with focus on the company and the specific postings they need to fill. Personalized Hiring Events may be held at any of our three Career Centers.

Employment Marketplace – Each week at our Career Centers, WFS Capital Area hosts area employers interested in marketing their job opportunities to job seekers.

Attend an upcoming Hiring Event at one of our Career Centers!

Job Training

Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers a wide array of specialized job search and skills training programs for eligible citizens of Travis County.

What kind of training is available?

To help ensure individuals that receive training find jobs, WFS Capital Area provides funding for training in occupations with good earnings potential and in growing industries in Travis County – such as auto mechanics, computer support specialists and nurses. For a complete list of the occupations for which training is available, please go to Targeted Occupations/Industries.

Our Programs
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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Job search assistance and skills training for laid-off workers and low-income adults and youth.

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Workforce and Education Readiness Continuum (WERC)
Network of community partners to provide education and workforce services.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training
Job search assistance and skills training for SNAP (food stamps) recipients.

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Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) / Choices

Job search assistance and support services for Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) recipients. Includes a special program for Non-Custodial Parents.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
A federally funded program, with no costs to employers, that helps workers who are adversely affected by foreign imports or job shifts to a foreign country.

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Adult Education & Literacy (AEL)
Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) increases opportunities for adult learners to advance to postsecondary education, training or employment.

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How Do You Serve Veterans?

We Hire Vets 2020 Award

Workforce Solutions Capital Capital Area is a proud “We Hire Vets” employer, committed to serving our nation’s military veterans. If you have served in the Armed Forces or are an eligible spouse, we are honored to meet your job search and training needs. Honorably discharged veterans and eligible spouses are afforded priority services in our workforce centers.

As a veteran or eligible spouse, you receive precedence to use resources in our centers, including computers, phones, faxes, and referrals to new job postings. If you require the assistance of staff, you will be served promptly on a priority basis. You will also be granted priority access to training programs for which you are qualified and for which funding exists.  Eligible spouses include individuals who are the spouse of a totally disabled veteran, spouses of individuals who while on active duty are currently MIA or forcibly detained and spouses of individuals who died as a result of a service-connected disability.

Do You Serve Individuals with Disabilities?

Workforce Solutions Capital Area is committed to providing employment-related services to all citizens of Travis County.

Read the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment for more information on ADA qualifications and rights.

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Accessibility Tools

As part of our commitment to providing services to all Travis County citizens, we provide accessibility equipment in designated areas of our Career Centers assist people with disabilities in their employment search.

  • Reserved workstations at each Career Center
  • Closed-circuit televisions/Video Magnifiers
  • Relay Texas info: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) / 711 (Voice) and IP Relay info
  • Wireless keyboards with extra-large character font and track-ball mice (available for check-out at the front desk)
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities
  • A Reader, upon request
  • JAWS software
  • Zoomtext software
  • Accessible websites, including WorkInTexas.com. If you find part of our website is not accessible with your technology, please let us know by sending an email so you can be provided with the information in an alternative format.

All of WFS Capital Area’s services and programs are open to people with or without disabilities on a self-serve basis.

 Read our Career Center Overview.

Online Resources

WFS Capital Area is also proud to recognize several public and community organizations that provide helpful information and additional services for people with disabilities:

  • ARCIL, Inc. – ARCIL, Inc. (Austin Resource Center for Independent Living) provides independent living services to persons with disabilities, their families, and communities throughout Travis and surrounding counties.
  • Relay Texas – Relay Texas provides telephone interpreting service between people who can hear and those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled. TDD: 1.800.735.2989 / Voice: 1.800.735.2988
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
    Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides services for people with disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment.

Another resource for people with disabilities is Speech-to-Speech (STS), a free telephone assistance service that helps people with speech disabilities who have difficulty being understood by the public on the telephone. The STS access number in Texas is 1.877.826.6607. To try STS or get more information, contact Dr. Bob Segalman at 800.854.7784.

Voluntary Disclosure for Specialized Services for People with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employer-related inquiries as to whether or not an individual has a disability or to the nature and extent of such a disability before an official job offer has been made. ;However, other federal laws provide various benefits and services for people with disabilities, both veteran and non-veteran. Therefore, a service provider may ask you to disclose your disability; however, you have the right to choose whether or not to disclose this information. Should you wish to explore additional disability-related benefits and services, you must inform your Workforce Solutions representative. This is a voluntary disclosure and the disability information is not required for provision of general services. This information, and any disability-related information requested on WorkInTexas.com, will not be shared with employers without your consent.

Adult Education and Literacy

Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) increases opportunities for adult learners to advance to postsecondary education, training or employment.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area partners with Austin Community College (ACC) to provide AEL services to residents of Austin/Travis County. Instructors at ACC provide English language, math, reading, writing and workforce training instruction to assist adult students to earn a high school equivalency, acquire the skills they need to succeed in the workforce, and enter and succeed in college or workforce training.

ACC’s programs include:

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High School Equivalency (HSE) Tests

ACC offers reading, writing, and math High School Equivalency (HSE) classes that prepare adult learners to take the HSE exam of their choice: GED®, HiSET® or TASC. Bilingual Spanish HSE classes are also available. Go to ACC’s website to learn more and sign up.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Adult learners can improve their English skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Classes are not for college credit. Go to ACC’s website to learn more and sign up.

Start a New Career with Career Pathways

ACC offers free career training and support for adult learners in Austin, including:

  • Intro Classes: Take 8-week computer classes and get career ready. Learn more about Intro Classes.
    • Computer Basics – Learn basic hardware and software vocabulary, typing skills, web browsing, email and Microsoft Office. After Computer Basics, you can repeat the class or move up to a higher-level certificate program.
    • Intro to Medical – Understand the many careers of the medical field. Earn a CPR certificate. After Intro to Medical, you can move into a certificate program in the medical field.
    • Intro to Business – Learn how to own and operate a small business in Austin. ACC will introduce you to a business mentor for additional personal support.
  • Certificate Programs: Train for a new career and get industry certified in months. Learn more about Certificate Programs.
    • Accounting/Bookkeeping – Learn how to use software like Excel to balance spreadsheets and handle accounts payable and receivable.
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – Prepare for the state exam with hands-on experience in the classroom and as a volunteer.
    • Help Desk Analyst – Are you good with computers? This class teaches you how to help others with their computer questions and problems. It requires a significant time commitment to pass certification. Jobs: help desk technician.
    • Office Support – Prerequisite: Computer Basics or equivalent skills. This intermediate level course covers a variety of computer skills required in office work. Earn your IC3 certification and gain confidence in your Microsoft Office, web browsing and communication skills. Each term focuses on one of the three IC3 subjects.
  • Ability to Benefit: No Diploma, No Problem! Earn a level 1 certificate. Each certificate program is between 1 and 2 years, and the classes are all credit courses. Choose from nearly 20 certificate programs in Business, Computer Science & Information Technology, and Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies. Learn more about Ability to Benefit.
  • Level Up: Sign up for a Level 1 college certificate using financial aid or self-financing, and ACC will support you until graduation. ACC will provide textbooks to borrow, and academic and advising support. Learn more about Level Up.
  • Internationally Trained Professionals: This free training is open to adults with degrees from outside the US and who are ready to work in the US. This class is intended to help you find opportunities using your degree; it is not intended to train you for a new career. Learn more about Internationally Trained Professionals.

Read to get started? Visit ACC’s website and explore opportunities today.

Laid Off?

If you’ve lost your job due to a layoff or business closure, you may be eligible to receive no-cost services to help you return to work through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.

Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers a variety of programs and services specifically designed for dislocated workers – persons who have lost their jobs in mass layoffs or business closings, or who have been laid off and are unlikely to return to their jobs.

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What Services Do You Provide?

•  Information on Unemployment Insurance

•  Current listings and referrals to companies that are hiring

•  Workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques, and strategies for conducting a successful job search

•  Training, re-training, or skills upgrading for job seekers who need to enhance their existing skills or obtain new ones

•  Career and labor market information – Job trends, wage information, requirements, etc.

•  Seminars on financial and credit management and stress management

•  Opportunities to meet local employers at Hiring Events

•  Information and referral to other community resources

Additional Resources At Our Career Centers

In addition, each of our three Career Centers has a public resource room where you’ll have access to:

•  Computers with internet access

•  Online job banks

•  Online career and job search resources

•  Copiers and printers

•  Telephones

•  Fax machines

•  Other self-help resources to assist you with your job search

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

For information on eligibility and all program services, attend a Career Center orientation at one of our Career Centers.

Unemployment Insurance

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) handles all Unemployment Insurance (UI) matters. UI services are available online 24/7, and by telephone Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

*As a rule, you can get help via the internet faster than by telephone.*

All individuals who file an unemployment insurance claim must register for work at WorkInTexas.com.

For UI services available online go to the Texas Workforce Commission’s Unemployment Benefits Services page.

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Online services include:

To access UI services, please call 1.800.939.6631.

WHAT IF I NEED HELP?
If you need assistance while at one of our Career Centers, please ask one of the Career Center staff. We will be glad to advise you.

Additional Resources

Workforce Solutions Capital Area strives to offer employment services to all citizens of Travis County; the following links can provide additional resources to help you find, keep, and prepare for employment.

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Community Resources
Computer Classes
English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
GED Classes
Training Providers (with Specific Income Eligibility Guidelines)
Unemployment Insurance and Wage Claims
Online Training Resources
  • GCF Learn Free – Free online resources for individuals looking to improve their technology, literacy and math skills.
 
Labor Market Information

Contact Us

If you need an immediate response, please call or visit one of our three Career Centers directly.

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