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Job Search & Small Business Resources

Here you’ll find not only job search sites but: resumé help, state unemployment sites, social media, webinars, small business, and other job related opportunities.

Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund Launched

The Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund, a public-private partnership providing low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut, is now open, with applications accepted for loans ranging in size from $5,000 to $500,000. The program is designed to help small businesses and nonprofits, especially those in low-income and historically underserved community, gain access to working capital. Loans have a 4.5% fixed interest rate; small businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer full-time employees and annual revenues of less than $8 million are eligible to apply.

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply online at

Click on the image to access Workforce Solutions through researchIT CT!

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process. Job & Career Accelerator™ puts everything you need to land a job in one place. You can:

  • Explore over 1,000 different occupations

  • Discover the career that’s best for you

  • Search local and national job and internship postings

  • Create professional resumes and cover letters

  • Practice and master interviewing skills

  • Get valuable job-search tips and advice at every step

  • Organize and track your job-search progress

Are You the Next Veteran Entrepreneur? Vet-to-Vet Advice About Business Ownership

Veterans make up 7.6% of the US population, but are twice as likely to own a business as civilians. They own 9.2% of all U.S. businesses, employ 5.8 million employees & make $1.1 trillion in sales. Score is Here to Help! Some of their mentors also served in the military. They understand your challenges because they’ve faced them, too.

Sponsored by Facebook. This webinar – for veterans by veterans – will help you find out if you’re ready to transition your skills to main street entrepreneurship and have what it takes to launch a business.  VIEW HERE

Platform to Employment creates a pathway to opportunity for job seekers by helping the long-term unemployed get back to work.  P2E participants start with a preparatory program that addresses the social, emotional, and skill deficiencies caused by long-term unemployment. Participants are then matched with open positions at local companies on a trial basis with their salaries funded by The WorkPlace. This is a paid opportunity for P2E participants to demonstrate they can do the job while employers evaluate their work. Platform to Employment is offered statewide in Connecticut .

JOBNOW! Live Job Assistance

Are you unemployed and not sure what job opportunities to look for? Do you have an online interview? Are you looking to build skills while you job hunt? You can connect with a free live job coach or visit the Career Prep & Job Resources section of SkillSurfer.

Provides live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Personalized career center is seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.

Request for Employment Services form

Job Search Assistance, Résumé/Cover Letter Assistance, Interviewing Skills Assistance, Career Counseling, Recruitment Assistance for Employers

For unemployment questions, please visit

This no-cost Employment Services is offered by phone, email or video conferencing. Limited in-person appointments may be available. Response time may vary. Allow 2-3 business days for a response.

Live Ongoing SCORE Webinars

Get strategies from industry experts to help your business succeed.

Meet with SCORE mentors one-on-one for support and guidance to help businesses succeed. Click to register for upcoming webinars or to find a mentor.  Contact them via or (860) 388-9508.

Image result for wayupThe number one complaint from students and recent graduates looking for jobs and internships is: “I apply, but the companies never get back to me.” WayUp announced that you will now hear back from every single company when you apply on WayUp.


50 Common Interview Questions

One of the best ways to get ready for an interview is to practice your responses to common interview questions. Here are 50 of the most frequently asked questions.

10 Resume writing tips to help you land a job

Hiring managers will reference your resume throughout the hiring process to determine if you’re the right fit for the job. Use these 10 tips to help you perfect your resume and land a job

Resume Blog and Tips 

How to Ace a Video Interview

Many people are working from home. If you’re a recent college graduate, that means you’ll face some unique challenges in your job search. For one, you might have to interview remotely instead of meeting with the company in-person. While interviewing from your couch may sound much more relaxed than face-to-face, remote interviews take some extra work to make them successful. To help you succeed on a video interview, here are some tips.

Indeed Job Search

With Indeed, you can search millions of jobs online to find the next step in your career. With tools for job search, resumes, company reviews and more.

Glassdoor Job Search | Find the job that fits your life

Explore Glassdoor. Search for jobs, salary information, company reviews, and interview questions. Current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform.

Job Search Engine | SimplyHired

Search for job opportunities across the United States on SimplyHired. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more. Get a head start and post your resume. is your source for jobs and career opportunities. Search for jobs, read career advice from Monster’s job experts, and find hiring and recruiting advice.

Welcome to the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website – your online information center for workforce services and programs like unemployment benefits.


Welcome to the TRAIN Learning Network

TRAIN is a national learning network that provides quality training opportunities for professionals who protect and improve the public’s health.  You can set up an account and take classes.


A business and employment-oriented online service mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. LinkedIn allows members (workers and employers) to create profiles and “connections” to each other in an online social network. Members can invite anyone to become a connection.  Profiles can be used when applying for jobs online and employers may contact members when the job search in the profile is turned on.

An employment website founded in 1995 and with offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. provides labor market intelligence, talent management software, and other recruitment solutions, including online career search services for more than 1,900 partners as of March 2008, including 140 newspapers and portals such as AOL and MSN.


Free business advice and ongoing mentoring to help you start up a new business or improve the results of your current small business. SCORE 40+ business professionals who volunteer to help build small businesses in our community. Running a business is challenging; but you are not alone. SCORE has helped entrepreneurs in “start-up” mode, as well as owners of established small businesses by providing ideas and guidance to grow their business. Southeastern Connecticut SCORE® is a non-profit partner of the SBA, chartered by the US Congress to offer free business counseling to the public. Education is an important focus. They offer 60 workshops a year covering: business basics, managing finances, digital marketing and social media, franchising, and preparing business plans.

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.