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Industry & Job Overviews
Also produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this source follows the same format as the Career Guide to Industries, but focuses on specific job titles. Content is revised every two years.
Job Listings - Local
Users can browse job openings in Alabama by category to see the most popular job titles and industries. Tips on career advice are also available to browse. These provide guidance you need to land your next job or advance your career – resume advice, networking best practices, interviewing tips, negotiation strategies and more. The Job News link gives users the opportunity to stay on top of what is happening in the local job market - new employers moving into the area, local employment trends, company expansions and more.
AlabamaWorks stands for opportunity, innovation, accountability and inclusion with the vision of a better future for Alabama in which communities, business, and industry are supported in a collaborative process to build prosperity through the opportunity of meaningful work and a growing economy. Our mission is to recruit, train, and empower a highly skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs and to be the competitive advantage for Alabama’s economic growth. Whether you’re an employer, a job seeker or a student, AlabamaWorks is the springboard for your success and promises to provide profitability and economic growth by creating opportunities for success and an improved quality of life for Alabamians.
Utilizing a classified ad format, these local Birmingham listings may help you find a job, find a place to live, sell old furniture, advertise your skills, and more.
JobsQuest is your gateway to exciting employment opportunities within the Personnel Board of Jefferson County Merit System. The Merit System consists of nearly 8000 positions within a wonderfully diverse set of government agencies, including five county-wide agencies providing critical public services to our communities and 17 city governments, ranging from smaller, community-minded towns to vibrant, bustling cities. Most positions with the City of Birmingham are filled through the Personnel Board of Jefferson County Merit System. The board maintains lists of applicants eligible for hiring. City vacancies are filled using these lists.
Users can search the website of the state personnel department to learn about government positions and application procedures for careers with the State of Alabama.
Job Listings - Federal
This is the official job site for the federal government and the only source needed for information on U.S. Government jobs.
Job Listings - National
Known as the largest online job site, CareerBuilder allows you to search by job category, company, or industry for U.S. and international jobs.
Indeed strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Every day, we connect millions of people to new opportunities.
Known as the "leading global online careers and recruitment resource" with employees in more than 30 countries, Monster provides everything for job searching.
Dedicated to "job search made simple", all you have to do to get started on this site is fill in the Keyword and Location search boxes.
Search the largest job site for part-time and full-time hourly jobs.
ZipRecruiter is a leading online employment marketplace. Powered by AI-driven smart matching technology, the company actively connects millions of all-sized businesses and job seekers through innovative mobile, web, and email services, as well as partnerships with the best job boards on the web. Job seekers can search for jobs both locally and nationwide. In addition to providing a job search database, the ZipRecruiter website also has the following research tools: ZipRecruiter Unemployment Benefits Calculator ZipRecruiter Salary Calculator ZipRecruiter Industry Insights
Resume Writing
These writing guides help you determine the type of resume you need, as well as learn what you should include and leave out of a resume.
The Professional, Technical, and Job Search Writing portion of this site helps with writing cover letters, e-mail etiquette, resume design, and job acceptance letters.

CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. CareerOneStop's Resume Guide will help you create a resume that will stand out in today’s job market. Included in the guide are: 1) a step-by-step plan for what to include in your resume 2) tips for writing, formatting, and polishing 3) sample resumes 4) marketing tips, including using tools like LinkedIn and Facebook 5) resume FAQs
Training Opportunities
Free computer classes are available in the RLCC at the downtown Birmingham Public Library.
Now more than ever, Americans need digital skills to land the jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses. Grow with Google aims to help by providing free training, tools and expertise.
Skill-building and test preparation materials for standardized tests. Interactive practice exams based on official exams. Scoring and analysis of practice test responses. Basic skills, college preparatory, civil service, GED, and some specific careers. Career Preparation - Make your work goals a reality—start a new career or advance in your current field. High School Equivalency Center - Guided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential. College Admissions Test Preparation - Prepare for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, AP® Tests, and more. School Center - Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success. College Students - Achieve your undergrad goals and prepare for future success. Adult Core Skills - Achieve your personal education and career goals. Computer Skills Center - Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics. Recursos Para Hispanohablantes - Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español
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Video Tutorial - ASVAB Test  Video tutorial by BPL on YouTube focusing on the ASVAB examination (length 9:23)
Video Tutorial - General Tutorial  Video tutorial by BPL (length 8:02 )
Gale Courses offers hundreds of online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Six-week long courses are taught entirely online by instructors, and new sessions begin every month.
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Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests. Connect to 4,000+ on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors. Courses cover the freshest and most relevant content on leadership and management, coding, design, marketing, IT operations, data science, project management, human resources, sales, accounting and finance, and productivity. Powered by the Udemy for Business collection.
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The Job Seeker Resources section of the Alabama Works website includes links to numerous agencies and organizations that can help with job traning and career planning.
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