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Looking for a job? Need help creating a resume? Looking for workplace readiness skills? The free classes and programs listed below can assist you. Find local New Orleans resources, as well as help from state and national organizations.

Local New Orleans Job Searching and Training Resources 

AARP Job Board – Match your years of valuable experience with employers that are committed to an age-diverse workforce. Narrow your search with easy-to-use filters to focus on what matters most, whether it’s where you work, or how you work, full-time or part-time.

First 72 Plus – Free assistance with re-entry for formerly incarcerated people, including direct services with public benefits, life skills and peer mentorship. Call 504-324-8859 or visit 2915 Perdido St., New Orleans, 70119. 

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. 

  • Goodwill’s Education and Advancement Readiness Gear Program (GEAR) – Signature 1 week readiness job program, focuses on creating my path, job readiness skills, and the world of work. Call 504-635-0143.
  • Goodwill Free Digital Literacy Classes – Classes and Open Lab time for resume writing, job searching, Facebook Marketing Certification, Oculus Virtual Reality Interviews. For information and enrollment email Britney Walker at, or call 504-635-0143.
  • Goodwill Skills to Succeed Academy – Free online classes help you prepare for real life job interviews. For information and enrollment, email Britney Walker at, or call 504-635-0143.
  • Goodwill Indeed plus Goodwill – Do you need a computer to apply for your next job? For information and enrollment, email Britney Walker at, or call 504-635-0143.
  • Goodwill Re-Entry Program at Goodwill of Southeast LA – Don’t let a past criminal record stand between you and a job. Last year, Goodwill helped more than 200 people with a criminal record overcome the challenges of reintegrating back into their communities. Email Paris Coleman at, or call 504-456-2622 extension 1147.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) – Experienced staff can answer questions, connect you to resources, and help you find the best solution for your talent and workforce development needs. This includes data on current talent availability and forecasts of future market demand for key skills or job types.

JOB1 – Meets each job seeker where they are and offers them a plan that leads to gainful employment and a chance at a real career. Become a member and take advantage of our services based on your goal. Services are available at no cost to job seekers. Call 504-658-4500 or visit 3400 Tulane Avenue, 2nd floor.

New Orleans Business Alliance – Their goal is to develop a holistic approach to prepare and attract highly skilled workers, retain talent across industries, and connect candidates to economic opportunities through powerful partnerships. Call 504-934-4500, email, or visit 1250 Poydras St., Suite 2150 New Orleans, LA 70113.

Urban League of LouisianaThis program is designed to assist unemployed and underemployed youth and adult job seekers in the attainment of social skills, education, and job skills to increase their participation and retention in the workforce. Call 504-324-4444 or visit 4640 S. Carrollton Ave., Suite 140, New Orleans, LA 70119. 

Louisiana and National Job Searching and Training Resources 

CareerOneStop – CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources. 

Louisiana Jobs and Career Center – This website pulls together resources for those seeking new careers, changing jobs, needing a little extra help preparing for the job market, online one-on-one tutoring, access to free workforce development classes, and small business help. Library account sign in is required.
Louisiana Workforce Commission – Explore careers, job openings, free online courses, student career and job opportunities, on-the-job training for employers, and unemployment insurance benefits.

Job Skills and Training Resources – Basic instruction in computers, email, social media and more 

Dress for Success New Orleans – Suiting program provides professional, interview-appropriate attire, shoes, and accessories and most importantly encouragement to women seeking employment. 

Goodwill Community Foundation - program has helped millions of people learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more. 

HomeworkLouisiana – Connect with a career coach and receive real-time career advice in an online classroom, or leave a résumé or cover letter for feedback from a coach. Also access templates, writing guidelines, and other job search resources. Note: The online classroom is available Sundays – Thursdays from 10am – midnight. Library account sign in is required.
LearningExpress – This learning platform offers self-paced workshops and resources. Learn more about a career, prepare for an occupational exam, and learn job search and workplace skills. There are also modules that help to strengthen math and reading skills in preparation for a new job. Library account sign in is required.
LinkedIn Learning A massive online training resource offering over 16,000 self-paced courses in 7 languages taught by recognized industry professionals. Select courses relevant to your current career, or the career that you want to pursue, such as business, technology, and marketing. You can also pursue other passions—with courses on financial literacy, social media, and even drawing and music theory, you’ll be able to grow and develop in the areas you care about, both at and outside of work. Please note when setting up your LinkedIn Learning account: The Library ID is nola.
Occupation Outlook Handbook – This resource from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides career information on education and training, duties, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Pronunciator – Choose from 80 languages to learn, practice English as a Second Language (ESL), or study for the citizenship test. Library account sign in is required.
WorkReady-U – Free online classes to help students in Louisiana prepare to successfully earn a high school equivalency diploma (HiSET, formerly the GED) and get ready for college and career options. In-person orientation at one of 7 local campuses is required to begin using this resource. 

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