Are you facing a change in your employment status? 

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Check out these resources to help you and your family get back on track.
Still have questions? E-mail reference@warrenlibrary.org for more information.

Section Contents:

Unemployment & Crisis Help (Topics include: COVID-19 and Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance and Benefits, Coping)
Marketable Skill Building • Finding a Job Interviewing Skills
Library Print and In-Person Resources • Additional Resources

Unemployment & Crisis Help

COVID-19 and Unemployment

» Office of Unemployment Compensation: Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19

» PA State COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses: “For Workers”

» Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: “Employees & Workers Impacted by COVID-19”

» PALawHelp.org: Helping low-income individuals solve legal problems.
COVID-19 Employment Issues and Unemployment Benefits

» PA State COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Benefits

» Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PortalPUA provides up to 39 weeks of benefits to qualifying individuals who are otherwise able to work and available for work within the meaning of applicable state law, except that they are unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons, as defined in the CARES Act.


Unemployment Insurance and Benefits

» Warren County Assistance Office
        Located at: 210 North Drive Suite A, Warren PA 16365
        Phone: 814-723-6330
        Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


»
COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information. Download the “myCOMPASS PA” app on any mobile device or go to the PA COMPASS site to access your benefits.

» PA State Office of Unemployment Compensation: Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions
        UC Benefit Services
        Toll Free: 1-888-313-7284
        TTY Toll Free: 1-888-334-4046
        PAT Toll Free: 1-888-255-4728
        PAT en español: 1-877-888-8104

        UC Tax Services
        Employer Contact Center, Rm 825, 651 Boas Street, Harrisburg PA 17121
        Phone: 1-866-403-6163

» United States’ Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Pay & Leave Resources for furloughed or unemployed federal employees


Coping

» PA211: Partnered with the United Way and includes resources including crisis hotlines, mental health, housing & shelter, food, utilities, and much more.

» Northwestern Legal Services (NWLS): Non-profit law firm providing free legal aid  to ten Northwestern PA counties to low income residents, including public benefits, family law, housing, education, and employment

» Article: Coping with Job Loss: 10 Ideas to Develop your Survival Skills”

» Article: “Job Dislocation — Managing the Financial Impact of Unexpected Job Loss”

» Article: “10 Things People Won’t Tell You when You Lose your Job”

Marketable Skill Building


» UDEMYFree with your library card! With this online learning platform, users can explore more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more to learn anytime, anywhere. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and, best of all, you can feel good knowing that the content is fresh. Courses are updated or replaced monthly with new material on emerging topics, so learners develop skills in the most relevant, in-demand areas.

Link to Tutorials for POWERLibrary resources, common library resources, plus useful computer and other skills

Tutorials provided to all Pennsylvania residents that include soft skills and tips for job seeking, specific computer resources and online tools, many of which can help with job seeking, preparation of applications and resumes, interview preparedness, and interviewing.


» Warren Forest Higher Education Council: High quality and diverse personal and professional development courses led by local experts. Classes are held in-person and online seasonally.


» Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC)
Does not operate as a traditional campus-based college or an online college. Community locations are utilized to deliver class instruction at multiple sites across the region and are brought together via live interactive technology. NPRC offers dual enrollment, associate degree, and workforce development courses.


» PAsmart
: Pennsylvania’s statewide movement for accountability, readiness, & training. Includes resources on education funding, finding training and apprenticeships, career & technical education, resources for individuals with disabilities, and more.


» PA Department of Education Postsecondary and Higher Education ResourcesThis state department oversees Adult Education, College and Career Education, Veterans Education, and the Institute for Law Enforcement Education. 


» 
U.S. Department of Education  Office of Career, Technical, and Adult EducationCoordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

Finding a Job

» PA Workstats: Warren County Profile

AtoZdatabases Business Directory

 

Subscription resource from the library with job search tool and career resources including skills assessment, resume templates, interview examples and tips, and more.  Use the Reference Desk and the Intro videos to learn how to leverage this resource to help you find the job you want.

link to a fill-in-the-form resume builder from PA Job Resources

 

Resume Builder from PA Job Resources

 

» Effectively Using LinkedIn:

Within PA Online Learning, there is a tutorial for effectively using LinkedIN for career development.

Link to Tutorials for POWERLibrary resources, common library resources, plus useful computer and other skills

Tutorials provided to all Pennsylvania residents that include soft skills and tips for job seeking, specific computer resources and online tools, many of which can help with job seeking, preparation of applications and resumes, interview preparedness, and interviewing.

Interviewing Skills

AtoZdatabases Business Directory

 

Subscription resource from the library with job search tool and career resources including skills assessment, resume templates, interview examples and tips, and more.  Use the Reference Desk and the Intro videos to learn how to leverage this resource to help you find the job you want.

Tips on how to interview well:

– Questions you should ask an interviewer:

– How to look good on a Skype or Zoom interview (video):

Library Print and In-Person Resources

Check out these print and ebook resources to aid in your career search!

Need more help?

Call the Warren Public Library today (814.723.4650) and make an appointment with the Reference department.

Additional Resources

Disability Resources

Family Help