The Mountain Area JobLink Career Center can help you in every step of the job search process. We provide this assistance with services and programs through the following:
There are a number of job listings available to you at JobLink (and at home if you have access to a computer and the Internet). The following are resources we have for learning about job openings:
- The Job Book at our reception desk has job openings for the Asheville and Buncombe County area. Some of these are weekly listings from employers such as the Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Estate, Buncombe County, and the City of Asheville. Others are individual listings from various employers in the area.
- The Asheville Area Employer Job Line and Web Site (PDF) handout has telephone numbers and websites which hook you up with current listings by various area employers. If you are familiar with the Internet, you can check out the book marked employers' sites on our computers in the Resource Room.
- Job Seeking Skills Workshops are particular helpful in preparing for your job search and learning how to market yourself to employers. The workshop topics include Creative Job Search, Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing, Internet Job Search and Career Assessment. See the Workshops section to view a descriptions of these workshops and to find out how to sign up.
- Finally, JobLink can provide financial assistance for a variety of training programs ranging from short-term training to 1-year diploma programs and 2-year Associate degrees. See the Job Training section for further information on the Job Training program.
Computer Resource Room
If you are familiar with Microsoft Windows and know how to use a keyboard and mouse, you can use the PC's in our Resource Room for job related purposes:
- Look for job leads and use our bookmarks to link you with local employers' websites to see their job listings.
- Prepare resumes and cover letters.
- Upgrade your computer skills with the following software tutorials:
- Excel 2000
- Outlook 2000
- Word 2000
- Access 2000
- Windows 98,2000, Me
- PowerPoint 2000
- FrontPage 2000
- Internet Explorer 5.5
- Assess your skill level in keyboarding and data entry speed, along with a variety of computer programs including Windows, Word, Excel and WordPerfect.
- Research labor market information.
- The Reference Library contains books and brochures on job seeking and job keeping skills, as well as job related topics on how to do well on your new or first job, coping with job stress, and networking.
We do not allow outside disks to be used on our computers, but you can buy a disk from us for 50¢ and we will keep it on file for you. Save your resume, cover letters and applications on the disk and make revisions as necessary. You may print up to 5 copies of your resume per day free of charge, and you are welcome to bring your own resume paper.
Career Planning is an ongoing process that involves three stages:
- Self-Assessment - identify your strengths, skills, preferences and interests.
- Career Exploration – learn about various occupations that utilize your strengths and skills, and involve your interests and preferences. You will be happiest and most productive in these types of jobs.
- Job Search – learn strategies for locating job opportunities in the occupations of interest to you.
As a starting point for Self-Assessment, you might want to attend our Career Assessment workshop. See the Workshops section for a full description of all available workshops.
For further information on the Career Planning process go to: http://jobs.esc.state.nc.us/soicc/planning/page2.htm
Career Development is obtaining the training and skills required to work in your chosen occupation. Once you are working in that field, you can continue your Career Development. By attending seminars, workshops, and conferences, and completing Continuing Education courses, you can keep abreast of the latest developments and learn the newest skills/techniques to stay on the cutting edge in your field, or to prepare for entering another field.
Programs at JobLink which fall under the category of Career Development include:
- Job Club – meets daily and provides instruction in job seeking AND job keeping skills.
- Job Training – financial assistance for training is available for Dislocated Workers and adults who complete specific programs. This funding covers the cost of class fees, tuition and books for short term and long term training. Click here for more information on Job Training.
- Computer Tutorials – assist you in upgrading your computer skills.
P.O. Box 729
Asheville, NC 28802
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.