CareerOneStop is a government-funded source for career exploration, job training, and job seeking. It helps job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals with career management and employment inspiration. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration, CareerOneStop is also a partner of the American Job Center network.

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The Good

  • Career Exploration Tools 
  • Breadth of Resources 

Career Exploration Tools

CareerOneStop lets you search existing jobs and careers by occupation or location or you can view career profiles, career videos, and occupation comparisons. If you’re just starting your job search, you can take an interest assessment, skills assessment, or work values assessment. 

You can plan your career by setting goals, researching salaries, and researching licensed occupations and professional development opportunities through CareerOneStop. The Career Certification Finder tool shows a red hot pepper icon next to particularly in-demand certifications to aid seekers in identifying high-potential career paths. 

Breadth of Resources 

  • GetMyFuture — Focuses on providing career, training, job search resources to young adults age 16–24
  • Credentials Center — Helps people plan, locate, and pay for education, training, and other credentials needed
  • mySkills myFuture — Helps laid-off workers explore new careers
  • Worker ReEmployment — Offers financial assistance, employment, and training for laid-off workers
  • Veteran and Military Transition Center — Provides financial and employment help for veterans
  • Business Center — Provides resources for businesses to help, train, and retain employees
  • Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders — Aids job seekers with a criminal record
  • Disaster Recovery Services — Helps people and businesses impacted by natural disasters such as flood, tornado, etc. 
  • Competency Model Clearinghouse — Helps you build a custom career ladder plan for your industry of choice
  • Mobile Apps — Provides six mobile apps for job seekers: 
    • Find an American Job Center
    • Find a Job
    • Veterans Job Search
    • Salary Finder
    • Training Finder
    • Unemployment Insurance

The Bad

  • Does Not Grant Certificates 

Does Not Grant Certificates 

While CareerOneStop can point you in the right direction (or multiple directions!) with its database of 22 occupation categories and hundreds of certification-based jobs within each of those, CareerOneStop itself is not an actual certifying organization.

The Bottom Line

CareerOneStop’s vision is to be the nation’s most trustworthy electronic provider of workforce information tools and resources and we say it delivers on that promise. It provides resources surrounding all job-related topics including career exploration, insurance, financial aid, disaster recovery, and taking the next steps after being laid off. And the information is relevant, comprehensive, and personalized. 

However, while CareerOneStop gives you all the information you need to pursue a career certification such as the certification name, certifying organization, and test details, it does not actually test and sign off on career certifications.

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