Job Seeker FAQs
What services does Workforce Solutions provide for job seekers?
- Job listings
- Job referrals
- Resume assistance
- Veterans services
- Community resource information
- Resource center and library
- Child care information
- Copier, fax machine, telephone, and computer
- Internet access
- Labor market information
- Career exploration
- GED information & referral
- Job search seminars
- Career planning
- Occupational training information
- Access to Vocational Rehabilitation and other partners
- Assistance is available to veterans, individuals with disabilities and people who have been dislocated from a job. Please see the resource section for more information.
How can I receive job training information?
Individuals interested in the Workforce Solutions Permian Basin’s training services should contact the local offices to determine if they are eligible for this service. Workforce Solutions will assist qualifying individuals with the training costs who choose a training program from the targeted occupation list.
Check our resources page for additional information.
Does Workforce Solutions provide Unemployment Insurance?
While Workforce Solutions does not provide Unemployment Insurance, we can provide information to help you get online so that you may complete your application at one of our local offices. If you need additional Unemployment Information, please call 1.800.939.6631.
What is WorkinTexas.com?
WorkinTexas.com is a service designed to connect job seekers and employers. As a job seeker, you can easily create your own account, create a resume, and search for all job openings in multiple areas, including those outside of the Permian Basin. The staff at any Workforce Solutions office is available to assist you in registering on WorkinTexas.com. It is simple to use, and best of all, it is free of charge.
What employment resources does Workforce Solutions provide for those with disabilities?
- Disability.gov https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (Department of Labor) http://www.dol.gov/odep
- Americans with Disabilities Act – US Department of Justice http://www.ada.gov
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) http://askjan.org
- 2-1-1 Texas http://www.211texas.org/
- Employer Assistance and Resource Network http://www.askearn.org/resources/job-seeker-resources/
What are some tips when searching for a job?
- Register on WorkInTexas.com at no charge
- Focus your job search and decide which fields you are most interested in pursuing
- Create profiles on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Although these sites are not available at the Workforce Solutions offices, you can easily access them at home or other public sites such as the library
- Connect with your contacts. Connect with people you know to make them aware that you are seeking a new job
- Use the resource office at Workforce Solutions offices, which give you access to computers, supplies, and one-on-one assistance
- Create a list of companies you are interested in and research them
- Find job listings on job search engine sites, newspapers and company websites (and don’t forget WorkInTexas.com)
- If you land an interview, be sure to research the company before you go, and dress appropriately
What are some tips when preparing a cover letter and resume?
- Make sure your resume is readable. Make sure the format is logical and easy to follow. Do not use small, hard-to-read fonts
- A resume writing software is available at the Workforce Solutions resource offices to help develop a customized resume and cover letter for each user. The software even offers common interview questions and interview tips to help the job seeker prepare for future interviews
- The cover letter is an opportunity to highlight or explain more fully any special qualifications/experience you have
- Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job
- Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Do not rely just on your spell check; do a content check and read your resume and cover letter
- Place your qualifications at the beginning. Let them know you have the basic qualifications for the job
- Show your achievements and results
- Think of your resume as how you would present yourself to prospective employers
What are some tips when preparing for a job interview?
- Remember the interview begins long before the actual, spoken interview takes place. You are being evaluated with every contact (resume, cover letter, email, phone call, etc.)
- See this link for sample interview questions
- Please ensure you have a reliable method of leaving messages for potential employers and ensure your answering machine/service has a professional sounding message
- Many employers will give you a job description prior to the interview. This will give you another chance to interact with the person who will be interviewing you and give you some meaningful information about the expectations of the position
- Show you have prepared for the interview – visit the library ahead of time, go to their website, read their annual report, etc.
- Dress professionally
- Expect situational questions and prepare for them ahead of time
- Prepare any questions you may have about the position
- The interviewer is aware you are likely to be nervous; they do take this into consideration
- If more than one person is interviewing you, remember to address everyone who is interviewing you
Where is Workforce Solutions located?
2626 JBS Parkway, Bldg. D
Odessa, TX 79762
Toll Free: 1.800.248.6451
3600 N. Garfield
Midland College Technology Center, Room 138
Midland, TX 79705
Toll Free: 1.800.248.6451
Big Spring Office:
1001 Birdwell Lane
Howard College Warren Center
Big Spring, TX 79720
1000 South Eddy Street
Pecos, TX 79772-3702
Located on the OC campus
Fort Stockton Office:
Across from James Rooney Memorial Park
461 Sanderson Highway
Fort Stockton, TX 79735