Job and Career Resources


Job and Career Resources


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!

Job Search Websites

User friendly or most effective:

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

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

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

Career Specific Websites:

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


Cool jobs:

Federal jobs:



Law enforcement:


State jobs - California:

Teaching and school district:



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.




Employment Development Department/State of California - current information on the California labor market, salaries and occupational requirements. Visitors to this website can: complete career assessments, search for jobs, explore jobs in their area, learn job search tools and resume tips, find out about training and licenses and so much more! Under the column LMI By Customer, select Job Seeker - this will lead you to assessments, exploration of career, assistance with creating a resume, sample interview questions and many other useful resources. The following two attachments provide instructions for searching for jobs locally or exploring your career interests: Job Search Career Research

Help Wanted Online (HWOL) Local Area Data

This page of the California EDD website compares the number of unemployed persons in an area with the number of available jobs, the top ten employers with the most job ads in an area and the top ten occupations with the most job ads in an area. The following link will take you to the page where you can click on San Diego or other area you may want to investigate:

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 chart to help you map out your ideas and plans!

Entrepreneur Map

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

Think Like an Entrepreneur



County of San Diego


You can now complete the training for a Food Handler Certification online. Be sure to sign up for a San Diego County course.

1. State Food Safety:

2. Premier Food Safety:

3. Servsafe:

Here is the link to all schools that do in class training:

The two in San Marcos are MAAC Headstart and Foothills Adult Education. They will direct you to the location holding the training course. It is often at the Old Spaghetti Factory.



Goodwill Industries


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:

PAID TRAINING PROGRAM - three months of paid on-the-job and classroom training to individuals who need or desire entry level work experience.

YOUNG ADULTS A program for young adults (18-25) who are ready to go to work.

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

JOB FAIRS: Check the home page for JOB FAIRS

CLICK HERE If you would like assistance applying on-line through Goodwill's Community Employment.



MORE: Visit SERVICES and EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE for more information.


SEARCH OPEN JOBS & APPLY ONLINE If you click on the LINK, you will be able to see current job openings, and you can apply for the job online.




Job Crops

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.

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

North County Career Centers (Operated by ResCare, Inc. ResCare Workforce Services)


These centers assist those who have significant barriers to employment, have lost their jobs or are just entering the workforce. They offer comprehensive services that prepare workers for high-growth, high-demand industries. North County Career Centers serve both coastal and inland Northern San Diego County and are delivered through two One-Stop locations, one in Oceanside and the other Escondido; and three satellite sites in Vista, Encinitas and Escondido.

Visit their main page for more information and then link straight to the coastal and inland page for locations, membership information, services etc.


YEOP - The Youth Employment Opportunity Program

This service (through the North County Coastal Career Center) assists youths aged 15 to 25 in achieving their educational and vocational goals.

Contact the YEOP Youth Advisor to make an appointment: 760 631 6150

Job Corps Services at North County Coastal Career Center

Make an appointment with Patricia Padilla, (the Job Corps North County Admissions Counselor) at her office
located within the North County Coastal Career Center.

Call 760 414 3564 or email:



National Collaborative on Worforce and Disability logo

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.

NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services to gain education, employment and independent living.

By Youth, for Youth: Employment - this guide (written by and for youth who want to know more about finding and keeping the right job) discusses subjects, such as what makes a job right for each young person, job search and resume development, and how to interview for a job. The publication also addresses disability disclosure in the workplace and how to request accommodations, if needed. Additional information includes employment supports and services, including vocational rehabilitation and transportation.




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



Ticket to Work Logo

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), 2010-11 Edition: - 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.


San Diego County Occupational Outlook Report: SD County OOR - a 2011 study of occupations in San Diego County providing information on education, training, experience requirements, wages, benefits, skills and employment opportunities.