Career and Job Support 2017-12-16T13:50:01-08:00

The thought of working in America may initially intimidate you, but don’t let fear stop you from searching for employment here. Have courage and take the respective steps to see how you can both serve and be served in your new community. It is important for you to self-reflect and think about your unique strengths. Many employers will want to know how you can make a positive impact in their company/organization and you should be prepared to share about your skills and capabilities in order to humbly convince your interviewer that you are a great candidate for the position in which you have applied. It is also important to have a resume.

To secure employment you often should start searching within your circle of friends and relatives, so don’t be shy for asking around for a job. Be mindful of the possibility to start your own business in services or online sales, or working in transport/logistics or construction sector as an independent contractor. Many jobs don’t require certificates, licenses, permits, or school degrees but be aware of local and state requirements, insurance, taxes, and prohibitions. Anyone can rent a small cart and sell products at a local mall or swap-meet but it may be hard labor work. Generally, entry level sales and customer services in large retail stores are plentiful or could offer quick employment start but they usually pay minimum wage that is barely enough to support a single person with roommates. Places like Target or BestBuy, for example, could hire you within a week from applying online or in-store. If you must, night shifts are less disabled with high quitting rate, so you can start there. Banks hire tellers frequently, insurance companies are looking for a friendly person. Stay clear from door knocking type or cold-call sales and marketing jobs, talent agencies, and anyone promises you high salary only based on future commission.

If you have an engineering, sciences, or social science degree or experience, please consider seeking employment with state or local government agency. State of California has over 100 departments, agencies, agencies, commissions. Los Angeles County alone has 88 cities, some are larger and more influential than others, but they all need good employees, from administration to maintenance, from interaction with public and budget/finance to public works projects and program management and delivery. State of California Department of Transportation, for example, has over 20,000 staff statewide, from civil engineers to scuba divers and rock climbers, biologists, landscape architects, planners, photographers. The opportunities are endless and you have to keep looking, and follow processes an agency or company uses to hire new staff. Good jobs openings are often filled before they are officially advertised. So seek and accept any job at a company, agency, or sector you desire and move around. And reach out for those in the field you desire and ask for one-on-one conversation or for a few minutes phone conversation.

Lastly, it is extremely important to stay positive. Show your interviewers that you are a trustworthy person, can work independently or within a team setting, cooperative, committed to company or agency’s core mission and values, generally aware of their projects and programs or products and services, flexible and adaptable, energetic, willing to learn new skills, and that you will work hard. It might take numerous resume submittals and online applications or questionnaires, but your key mission is to connect with those working in your desired field and to secure an interview. Often, it takes few interviews before you become comfortable to shine and simply be yourself. Don’t focus on securing high earning job, but rather experience to build your skills, knowledge, and abilities. If at all possible, maintain a job for a minimum of 6 month before attempting to change career or move up or somewhere else better.

Government Jobs:

California Department of Human Resources:

Los Angeles County Human Resources:

Orange County Human Resources:

Riverside County Human Resources:

San Bernardino Human Resources:

City of Los Angeles Personnel Department:

Career Builder (Los Angeles):,ca

Orange County

One Stop Center
(714) 241-4900 (Garden Grove)
Free job & training services

Tiyya Foundation
Employment Workshops (EPW) every Friday from 10 am to 12 pm
505 N. Tustin Ave., Suite 280
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 547-5050

Sabil USA
Employment Assistance
(714) 589-2613

Access California Services
Employment Services
631 S. Brookhurst St., Suite 107
Anaheim, CA 92804

Uplift Charity
1205 N. Red Gum, Ste. B, Anaheim CA 92806
(714) 614 7324

Vital Link OC
15401 Redhill Ave Suite F, Tustin, CA 92780
(949) 646-2520
Career prep for high school students

Senior Employment

Working Wardrobes
3030 Pullman St, Suite A, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 210-2460
Workplace readiness services

Anaheim Jobs
290 South Anaheim Blvd., Suite 100, Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-4350

Job seeker services

Santa Ana WORK Center
1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 200, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Job seeker services

Los Angeles

Pars Equality Center
Job Development
4954 Van Nuys blvd, Suite 201, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Job Development
(818) 550-6220
625 N. Maryland Ave
Glendale, CA 91206

Inland Empire

Dress for Success – Riverside
6809 Indiana Avenue, Suite 145, Riverside, CA 92506

Work clothing for women

Labor Ready – Riverside
1960 Chicago Avenue, Suite D3, Riverside, California, 92507
(951) 274-2200

Temp work