MN Unemployment – Your Online Guide
Minnesota Unemployment Resources – Federal
The Federal Government has a large number of resource and programs available to help unemployed workers. Though not Minnesota Unemployment specific, these sites include information about unemployment insurance, sites with career guidance and exploration, support and resources for veterans, and assistance in finding a job.
As these websites were developed by the government using your tax dollars, almost all are available to everyone (provided they meet program qualifications) for free. As you visit and review each program, the websites generally indicate program qualifications and application procedures. They may also link back to State sites (i.e. Minnesota Unemployment) for any information on state-specific qualifications or requirements.
The US Government is also huge with thousands (and thousands) of websites, departments, and agencies. Like many other government organizations the bureaucracy can literally get in the way of finding and using some of these very well developed and supported resources.
There’s really some very helpful and comprehensive websites that, if found, can be a great asset to the unemployed job seeker. The real challenge, then, is finding and using these websites which can be a daunting task itself. We can help.
Listed below are some of the most helpful and relevant US Federal Government Unemployment and Career Websites.
Department of Labor – Unemployment Insurance
This website is part of the US Department of Labor’s overall website.
This part of the site covers the requirements and administration of Federal Unemployment Insurance. This benefit is provide temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Each state administers their own program based on set Federal Government guidelines.
Career One Stop
The US Department of Labor has another website developed a website called CareerOneStop. This site is focused on people researching or looking for new careers. For the career changer, or the unemployed worker looking for new options, CareeroneStop has information on career browsing, online skill videos, and skills profiling. It also has links to state-specific information for your selected career including wages and employment numbers. For a government website, it’s really well done and very easy to use.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook is an invaluable free resource for researching potential jobs and careers. The handbook has information about hundreds and hundreds of jobs, including training and education required, earnings, expected future job prospects, and working conditions. For someone just starting to think about what they want to do, browsing the handbook can be a great way to get ideas and get started. The website is very well laid out and easy to use and find information. The handbook is now published every two years and has recently made some of the information available in Spanish.
USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s website for posting Federal Jobs on the web. The site is simple and easy to use for anyone looking to work for the Federal Government.
Benefits.gov is the official benefits website for the US Government. The information provided does include unemployment insurance, but one of it’s main advantages is that they have collected all the the available benefits programs in one site. You can search for benefits by state, category, or by federal agency. There’s a lot of government programs available in career development and education and training that could be a great help to you changing careers or finding a new job if you take the time to look. A well organized website.
USA.gov – Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism
USA.gov is the official web portal for the Federal Government. The site has a section for Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism. This includes links to information on education and training, finding a job, jobs with the government, and opportunities in public service. Certainly some cross-over with the Department of Labor websites, but still a good place to look.
My Skills My Future
The My Skills My Future Website is a very simple web tool to help people explore new careers. You enter the title of a current or past job and the site returns matching (or closely matching) careers. The information returned includes job descriptions, typical wages, and training required. It also provides an active link to search for open positions. It only takes a few minutes to try it out and you may find a new, better career.