Free Career Search Resources & Training

There are many government grants available for job training; there’s a process to follow (a few hoops to jump through), but the money’s there for you when you come out on the other side. Ask about it at your local business development office or any of the three One-Stop Centers listed below:

WorkSource One (One-Stop Center) – located in the Trott Access Center, 1001 Eleventh Street, Niagara Falls, this NYS Dept. of Labor office offers everything from resume writing to business cards, networking opportunities, breakfast meetings with area employers and so much more. All of their services are free. Contact Kathy Beckhorn @ 278-8109 or visit www.worksourceone.com for a calendar of monthly events.

Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC, pronounced “Betsy”) – offers career counseling, skills assessment, computer training classes and networking opportunities free of charge; contact Joe Sullivan, x. 3159 for an appointment; 77 Goodell Street;
856-5627/856-8139; www.workforcebuffalo.org

ECCC One-Stop – Employment & Training Center, located in Orchard Park at 3176 Abbott Rd., offers “Breakfast Club,” on-site recruitment by area companies, computer training, (register online for evening classes: www.ecconestop.org ); On-the-Job training programs, and other services; call 825-2525 for more information. For information about obtaining a free phone, computer, etc. contact Julia Hall. Other places for Job Postings: This One-Stop also has a “Community Closet,” free, professional clothing for an important interview;

Job Hunt.com: at least one member of the group finds this site to be really useful as a resource for job seekers(it actually lets you view interviews, among other things): www.job_hunt.com

Houghton College — free professional develpment training; register online for free courses in word, excel, powerpoint and much more, www.houghton.edu/pace/professional_training.htm or email: training@houghton.edu; phone: 674-6363, ext. 8700

Western New York Worforce Development Center — offers a variety of free training programs ranging from specific training funded for upgrading skills of union members to a wide variety of computer courses open to everyone; 5727 Main St., Williamsville; Ph: 632-1900 or www.wnywdc.com

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System — log on to www.buffalolib.org to find your nearest public library –- the library system has recently purchased software that is available to you to use in the library or from home; however, you will need a library card to access www.vault.com, the world’s most trusted Career Database for career advice, downloadable guidebooks, Insider Company Surveys, Industry Surveys and so much more! Also, www.jobhuntersbible.com offers information on creating resumes and cover letters, job hunting advice and career counseling, including testing; computers are also available in the library for your job search, and you can ask the librarian to show you how to create an e-mail account to facilitate your search; the library also has “Resume Maker” software on their public PCs. Ask the reference librarian about business databases that the
Central Library (One Lafayette Square) subscribes to which provide detailed info. on area companies, key personnel, etc. You can reach the Central Library at 858-8900;

Everywoman Opportunity Center –- (they will help men, too) 899 Niagara Falls Blvd., for separated, divorced, widowed or the single parent, and for individuals whose spouse is disabled or unemployed, EWOC offers individual career counseling, classes and workshops; call Betty Behr or Liz Siwy @ 837-2260; EWOC also has a “Community Closet,” free, professional clothing for an important interview; www.everywoman.org

Senior Workforce Solutions – “Experience Works,” training and employment opportunities for low-income people who are age 55+; contact Annabell Brown, 278-1935;

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) – computer courses at three sites (incl. Trott Access Center); call 614-6470;

OCW Consortium – Started by MIT in 2001, free course materials and online training at more than 100 higher education institutions (including Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins and Tufts University, among others) can be found at: www.ocwconsortium.org

For Our Men and Women in Uniform:

Erie County Office of Veterans Services –- contact Patrick Welch, Director, at (716) 858-6349, for complete information on all services available to you as a veteran; the Rath Building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo/ Rm. 1659; or www.erie.gov/veterans

For Anyone With A DisAbility

Statler Center — 1160 Main Street, Buffalo; this privately funded center provides free training and placement for careers in the hospitality industry to anyone with a disAbility; contact Renee DiFlavio, Senior VP of Rehabilitation and Employment, at rdiflavio@statlercenter.org (ph) 888-4627; or Chaunci Hinton-Thomas, Career Services Counselor, chinton@statlercenter.org (ph) 888-4629; or logon to www.statlercenter.org

VESID — 848-8001; government program; no economic requirement for eligibility; call and schedule an appointment (further info. pending)

Government Job Search

Civil Service Jobs:

City of Buffalo Civil Service Job Postings -–www.ci.buffalo.ny.us/Home/Leadership/City Departments/Civil Service; lists current civil service job openings in the city of Buffalo

Erie County Civil Service Opportunities –- www.erie.gov/employment ; lists current civil service job postings in Erie County, and includes a printable application form;

New York State’s Department of Civil Service -–www.cs.state.ny.us/jobseeker; examination postings for jobs in New York State, includes a printable application form;

Labor Dept. –- for information ongeneral govt. apprenticeships call 716-431-4008;

Job Corps -– for training information call 716-851-2600;

Starting a Business:

Women’s Business Center @Canisius College –-2365 Main St., Buffalo;contact Melinda Sanderson, executive director, (716) 888-8280, for information on all of the available (including networking) services for women owners of small businesses or for the informed entrepreneur (e.g., you know what business you would like to start); www.canisius.edu/wbc ; mentors are also available.

SCORE –- this group of retired executives has helped nearly 8 million small-business owners get on their feet, and offers a wealth of information for the individual who may be interested in starting a business, from creating and writing a business plan to starting and managing your business. Mentors are also available; call 551-4301, or log on to www.scorebuffalo.org

www.inc.com offers an extensive list of free start-up guides, and can even help you assess a franchise opportunity;

Small Business Development Center-– 1300 Elmwood Avenue, 878-4030

Small Business Information Center -– (800) 268-2678;

Contacts for Potential &/or Temp to Perm Job Placement

Durham Staffing – Contact Shirley Raub: 838-4261, for an interview regarding current positions available;

Office Team –- Catherine Hauck, Staffing Manager, 842-0852, for temp-to-perm office and administrative positions available;

Niagara Lutheran Health System –- Carole Francis, Director of Human Resources, 716-886-4377;

Catholic Health System/Kenmore Mercy Hospital – Pam NiCastro, HR Director, 716-447-6276

Hamburg Central School District – teach a course of your own making; for paid opportunities ($20. per hr.) in their Continuing Ed. Dept. at this and other schools in the system, contact Sandie Davison at 716-646-3280;

Funk Lawn Care – contact Patrick, 716-692-7180 (“always looking for someone who can take a route, service customer’s lawns, and there’s opportunity to become a manager”)

Stereo Advantage – “always have different openings,” contact Eric Laschinger, Business Partner, 716-632-8038;

Health Insurance/Services

Contact Fidelis for information on Family Health Plus and/or Child Health Plus (free or very low cost insurance for families and individuals with limited resources): (716) 564-3630; 40 John Glenn Drive, W. Amherst;

Healthy New York – affordable NY state sponsored health insurance for individuals and families in a lower income range and no access to employer-sponsored health insurance (even if you have significant assets); contact any of these organizations to request an application for “Healthy New York:” administered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield (866-231-0847), Independent Health (716-631-8701) or Univera (716-847-0881); eligibility is based on current income, not assets.

Good Neighbors –- 175 Jefferson Avenue, 856-2400 or www.gnbuffalo.org offers free health care for all ages, including dentistry, vision care, back care (chiropractic), and assistance with applying for health insurance;

Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. – a federally qualified community health center providing quality medical and dental care to all members of the community, regardless of one’s ability to pay; call 898-4449 for an appointment; 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY.

Horizon Health Services — offers health services on a sliding scale; call 215-0700;

Other Useful Contacts

Unemployment Insurance –- file your claim at www.labor.state.ny.us Click on “Unemployment Insurance Web Services.” Or call 1-888-209-8124.

United Way — Central Referral Agency, call 2-1-1 for information on over 22,000 available non-emergency health and human services; or log on to www.211wny.org

Consumer Credit Counseling – for strategies regarding creditors; (716) 854-1710, ext.20; www.consumercreditbuffalo.com

Food Stamp Information – (716) 882-7705

HEAP Helps – (Home Energy Assistance Program), includes financial assistance (grants) for gas and electric bills; www.HEAPhelps.com or call 1-877-443-2743; or contact Dept. of Social Services: 858-7644 or Office of Aging at:858-6793;

CASH program – (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) through United Way; prepares your income tax returns for free; call 887-2623 for more information;

Phone Assistance Programs – Price reductions on landline OR cell phone service is available if you are currently receiving assistance such as Food Stamps or HEAP or meet low income guidelines. Visit www.lifelinesupport.org/li/low-income/lifelinesupport/browser
for program information for your phone carrier. If you prefer, a free cell phone with 68 minutes per month is available from www.safelink.com based on the same guidelines;

NY State DOL Industry Search – Select the industry of interest and next page will allow selection of up to 5 counties which have potential employers in that industry. The potential employers can then be selected and contact and other company information will be displayed www.labor.state.ny.us/stats/bdindex2.asp ;