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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 Hunting Resources

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 bwalker@goodwillno.org, 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 bwalker@goodwillno.org, 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 bwalker@goodwillno.org, 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 pcoleman@goodwillno.org, or call 504-456-2622 extension 1147.

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 info@nolaba.org, 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. 

State & National Job Hunting 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. 

DigitalLearn.org – Basic instruction in computers, email, social media and more 

Driver Education Program - Free practice tests for LA DMV exams including motorcycle and CDL test prep. 

Goodwill Community Foundation - GCFLearnFree.org 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 library where patrons can learn through self-paced and on-demand content. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills with online video tutorials taught by recognized industry professionals. Library account sign in is required.
 
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 – State unemployment benefits.
 
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.