U.S. Department of Labor Launches “My Next Move” Website for Job Seekers

A new online tool will help young adults, students, first-time workers and those returning to workforce explore careers and find jobs. It can also be useful for those of us wanting to Escape Retail Hell.

My Next Move, is intended to assist all job seekers, but may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests. The new tool complements the Department’s “mySkills myFuture” site at http://mySkillsmyFuture.org, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match their existing skills to new occupations.

The new website allows users to search for jobs by occupation, by industry and using the O*NET Interest Profiler, which matches an individual’s interests with suitable occupations by asking 60 questions. Users can also search for jobs in three categories: careers with a “bright outlook” in growing industries, jobs that are part of the “green” economy and occupations that have a Registered Apprenticeship program.

Each occupation that a user selects has an easy-to-read, one-page profile, including information about what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed; the occupation’s outlook; the level of education required; technologies used within the occupation; and other, similar jobs. In addition, each occupation page includes direct links to local salary information, training opportunities and relevant job openings.

Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20101786.htm

I got out of retail

After 13 years working in retail and fast food, I got out! Some people enjoy working retail – they enjoy working with the public and not being tied to a desk. Some retailers pay well and treat their employees with respect.

My employer and I fell into neither of those categories.