Virtual Workforce1 Career Center System
Workforce1 helps New Yorkers prepare for and connect to jobs across New York City’s five boroughs and in several sectors of the economy.
By applying to the Virtual Workforce1 Career Center system, you will be connected via web or phone to one-on-one help from professionals who can assist you in:
–Identifying jobs that are a fit for your experience and skills
–Preparing for interviews
–Accessing free training
All New Yorkers.
Visit their website and select your borough. Fill out and submit the online form that pops up. Within a day or two a team member will connect with you. All services are no-cost and do not require in-person visits.
Industrial and Transportation Career Center
If you are particularly interested in industrial or transportation jobs, connect with the Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center.
The Workforce1 Industrial and Transportation Career Center has industry experts that can help match you to training and employment opportunities in the following industries:
–Transportation & Warehousing
Discovery NYC is a website where New Yorkers can explore careers in demand, learn about the skills required for those, determine a career of interest, and apply for training programs.
All New Yorkers 18 years old and up
–Explore careers in technology, healthcare, industrial and construction, and media & entertainment
–Take introductory courses to help you decide if a specific career is a good fit for you
–Spend more time practicing what you’ve learned to gain comfort and familiarity with those skills
–Apply to training programs that can lead you to a new career
How to Apply
–To identify job offers and prepare for interviews, visit the Virtual Workforce Career Center website
–Select your borough and visit the website’s online form. A member of the Workforce team will connect with you and provide support services
For resources about free or low-cost WiFi, access careerdiscovery.cityofnewyork.us/resources.
**Career Discovery is part of the NYC Department of Small Business Services**
Register to attend a recruitment event, connect to training opportunities, or participate in interview preparation workshops and services. Services are no-cost and do not require in-person visits.
All New Yorkers
–Connection with training opportunities
–Interview preparation workshops
How to Sign Up
–Please contact a Workforce1 Career Center to complete the registration process and:
*Submit official proof of your identification
*Attend an Introduction to Services session
*Meet with one of our staff members to review your work experience, available jobs, and next steps.
Also, find job postings by the city scrolling down this page.
First Step Job Training Program by the Coalition of the Homeless
The Coalition’s First Step Job Training Program was launched in 1991 to give homeless and low-income women the training, social support, education, and work experience they need to overcome those obstacles, empowering them to build a better life for themselves and their families.
First Step offers six 14-week classes serving roughly 200 women per year. Their innovative curriculum includes over 100 hours of computer instruction, along with literacy workshops, communication, and interpersonal skills development, and other hands-on activities that give students a thorough and practical understanding of the job market and workplace.
First Step also places students in internships with major corporations or non-profit organizations and offers ongoing mentoring by experienced professionals.
For questions about the First Step or if you would like to sign up for an Informational Session, please call (212) 776-2074.
888-209-8124 | 8 AM-6 PM | Monday-Friday
The unemployment benefit is available for workers that have lost their jobs at no fault of their own and are ready, willing, and actively looking for work.
— You must be searching and ready for work, and willing to attend meetings at your closest Labor Department Office to qualify for benefits
— If you work part-time you may be able to claim benefits (partial UI)
— If you work more than 30 hours or earn more than $504 in a week, you will not be eligible for benefits
— Find more details about eligibility visiting dol.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/01/P832.pdf
How to Apply
— Get ready your social security number, ID (Driver’s License or Motor Vehicle ID number, Alien Registration Card Number), phone number, address, bank account number or routing number
— Names, addresses, phone numbers of all employers of the last 18 months and wage details
— Create a NY.GOV account at labor.ny.gov/signin and hit the button “Create an NY.GOV account”. If you have an account do not create a new one. For help with your account visit on.ny.gov/techhelp
— File a New Unemployment Insurance and claim your benefits at the Department of Labor website
— Submit required documentation on the Department of Labor website
Watch the application instructional video at youtu.be/shXF675SjEc to learn about every application step. Also, download this handout cap4kids.org/newyorkcity/files/unemployment-insurance.pdf with general information.
After You Apply
— Once a claim is filed, it takes three to six weeks to receive your first payment
— During this time, complete and return questionnaires and phone calls from the Department of Labor
— Continue to claim weekly benefits if you are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements while waiting for your approval
— If you are eligible, you will receive any back weeks of benefits owed with your first payment
For questions, please visit dol.ny.gov/unemployment-insurance-top-frequently-asked-questions.
Updated on January 26, 2022.