Jobs

Which employers are currently hiring?

What general advice do you have for job seekers?

  • Keep applying. If you’re not hearing back from employers, maintain momentum by applying to jobs that match your skills, experience and qualifications. The employers may be taking some time to answer questions that may affect their conversation with you, such as whether their workforce should work remotely. Set a daily application goal and reward yourself in small, meaningful ways after reaching it, such as reading your favorite book or meeting a friend for coffee.
  • Do regular reevaluations. To optimize your search, reevaluate your cover letter, resume and even the jobs you’re applying to every week or so. Ask yourself: Are the jobs I’m applying to a good fit for my skills, background and level of experience? Is my resume enticing to employers based on their job posting? Does my cover letter expand on my most relevant experiences and qualities as it pertains to each specific job?
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter. If you’re not already, make it a point to update your resume and cover letter for each job application. Review the job posting and apply relevant keywords. Address any requirements, skills and qualities you have that are also in the job posting.
  • Supplement your income. If necessary, you might consider looking for part-time, remote or gig work until you get an offer. Doing so can keep your skills sharp and provide extra income.
  • Prepare to interview virtually. While we socially distance ourselves, job interviews will be virtual. This process will require patience because most companies’ hiring and onboarding processes aren’t set up to be entirely remote. This will delay the hiring process as companies adjust to their new circumstances. Even if employers were already in the process of filling a position, there will be new logistics involved. See the next resource below.

How do I navigate virtual and phone interviews?

A surge in digital and remote options with employers means job seekers will need to navigate communication tools over the phone, Skype, Zoom, or various other technologies to land the job. The following articles are great resources for getting them prepared:

WorkSource is also offering virtual workshops available to job seekers. Registration must be completed 12 hours prior to attending.

Where can I access computers?

No in-person services will be available at any WorkSource Oregon centers as of April 7th, 2020 until further notice. WorkSource offices will continue to provide services over the phone and online.

  • Portland Metro N/NE: (503) 280-6046
  • Portland Metro Gresham: (503) 669-7112
  • Portland Metro Tualatin: (503) 612-4200
Computer Purchases & Rentals

Free Geek is offering free to low cost computer rentals and purchases depending on whether an individual receives TANF/SNAP. To inquire, email customerservice@freegeek.org or call (503) 974-3414.

In-Home Internet Access

Internet Essentials is a program for families and other low-income households who currently do not subscribe to Internet at home starting at $9.95 per month + tax. Xfinity Internet customers are not eligible for Internet Essentials.

Visit www.internetessentials.com to review eligibility and apply.

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Questions?

Please contact August Dao if you have any questions about this page.

Updated on June 17, 2020

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