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Getting Started

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Occupations and Career Exploration 



Computer Training


Networking and Online Social Networks

Today many people find jobs through referral from friends, colleagues, alumni, or family and social networking sites.


Online Social Networks


Information about the use of social networks and networking for job searching


Free email accounts 

Free email accounts, a necessity for today's job seeker, are available at the following addresses and only require a few minutes to sign up. 

  • Gmail – Google’s online email
  • Hotmail – Microsoft’s online email 
  • Yahoo! Mail– Yahoo!’s online email  


Coping With Unemployment 

  • Unemployment Benefits   The North Carolina Division of Employment Security offers online unemployment information and filing. Unemployment benefits are based on combinations of federal and state statutes. North Carolina's unemployment compensation program is administered by the North Carolina Division of Employment Security and provides monetary compensation to workers who have been terminated without cause, through no fault of their own. You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you become unemployed if you have become unemployed due to business closing, downsizing, a layoff, or something that was not your fault, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.  
  • Health Insurance   The federal law, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), allows qualified employees to continue their health insurance benefits, at their expense.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for a 65% reduction in COBRA premiums for certain assistance eligible individuals for up to 9 months.
  • Severance Packages   Information on what's typically covered in a company's written severance policy, typical severance payments and when you may be able to negotiate a severance package, provided by Marikay Jung, Recruiting and HR Professional, from the jobsearch.about.com website.


State Agencies 

The following agencies provide assistance in the job search process.

North Carolina Department of Commerce

North Carolina Division of Employment Security


North Carolina Department of Labor

North Carolina Community Colleges



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