PA CareerLink® Berks County provides many resources for job seekers.
Are you unemployed and looking for work? Are you currently working and looking for a better job? Do you want to look into upgrading your skills to get that next job? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got something for you.
Please check out our Resource Room (open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM). This self-service center is open to the public and full of useful information to assist you with your job search. Resources Include: Internet-accessible computers, job search and career related materials and training provider materials. We also have information on apprenticeship opportunities, information on Trade Act impacted companies, materials for Veterans, on-line access for unemployment compensation, a fax machine (free) and copier (5 cents a page).
Attending Welcome Orientation is a must! Without it, you will miss hearing about the variety of services we offer in our office and through our partners in the community. We host Welcome Orientation on Tuesdays (9:30 AM) and Wednesdays (1:30 PM), the session is approximately 45 minutes. At the end of orientation, you will meet briefly one-on-one with a staff member to determine your next steps. We have grouped our services so you can choose the path that best meets your needs. You may choose to have us share your information with partner agencies that provide services that interest you. Check the events calendar for up-to-date days and times.
Expanded Career Services
Any member of the community looking to advance their job seeking and professional skills may register to participate in one of the following information packed workshops; Resume Success, Ace the Interview, Career Exploration & Networking, Excel for Beginners, Word for Beginners, Computer Basics, Job Seeking in Today’s Environment (A Guide for the 40+ Community), Marketing Yourself-Creating a Professional Brand, Success in the First 90 Days of Employment, Tips for Before and After an Interview and Professional Communications. The workshops are approximately 1 ½ hours in length. Participants can view the calendar of events and pre-register at www.pacareerlink.pa.gov. You can also find our information on Facebook at PA CareerLink Berks County.
Comprehensive Career Services
After you have attended our Welcome Orientation, you may choose to participate in our Comprehensive Career Services. Here you will work more in depth with a staff member to develop your employment plan and outline your path to your next job: Success Starts Here – skills for the workplace, Job Search / Job Club, Employment Specialist services, ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate, Individual Training Account (ITA) to attend approved training (when funds are available), On-the-Job Training (OJT) opportunities with employers to earn while you learn (when funds are available).
Unemployment Compensation (UC)
We do not have access to your unemployment compensation claim or information, but we can make it easier for you to access those services. Our UC Courtesy Phone in our reception area connects directly to the Unemployment Compensation Service Centers for those times when you need to speak to an agent. There are computers in our Resource Room available to claimants who need to apply for or file for their biweekly benefits. We also have the fax machine if you need to fax an appeal. You can access the UC website and the fax machine from our Resource Room during our regular Resource Room hours of Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.