Jobseeker Job Journey


New to the job search

Beginning your job search can be an overwhelming experience, but with the resources compiled, we hope to make your transition a smooth one.


Long-term jobseeker

Many jobseekers find that they have certain barriers to finding jobs, such as being disabled, homeless, or long-term unemployed. The SC Works system provides priority of services such as financial assistance and case management opportunities to those who fall under these categories.


Finish High School

If you are in jeopardy of not graduating on time or are short on credits, many schools offer credit recovery options which can put you back on track if completed.

If you are no longer attending high school and are not eligible to receive a High School Diploma but want to acquire alternative credentials, options such as the GED may work for you.


Explore Industries and Careers

Labor Market Information (LMI) is a great resource if you would like to explore career profiles in your area. This information can be useful in finding a good fit whether you are searching for work or are considering switching career paths, and can be tailored by location and seasonality.


Write a Resume

A resume is a document that shares your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments with a possible employer. As addition, a resume will share your name and contact information. Your resume is your first impression to a potential employer, so be sure to keep in professional and to just one page. Click here to access resources for creating a resume.


Education & Training Opportunities

There are many options if you are looking to expand your talents to fit a certain career or are looking to advance in your current career. Some of these programs include: Back to Work, Business Application Plus, and English as a Second Language. For a complete listing of training opportunities, visit our Jobseeker Education and Training Programs page.


Learn About Degree Types and financial aid

College degrees can help you qualify for better jobs, get promotions and earn more money. Main types of college degrees are:

  • Associate degree – usually take two years of full-time college work, although some can take up to four years. Associate degrees prepare graduates by focusing on more on academic courses and general education courses which can later be transferred to a 4 year degree.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Usually require four years of full-time college work. Usually, more than half of a bachelor’s degree consists of general education courses in areas such as English, critical thinking, psychology, history and mathematics. The remaining courses will be in your major area of study. This degree type remains the standard for entry into many professional careers. A Bachelor’s degree is needed to attend professional graduate schools in law, medicine or teacher education and is almost always needed before enrolling in a master’s program.
  • Master’s degree – Usually requires six years and is the first level of graduate study. To apply for a master’s degree you usually must already have a bachelor’s degree. Typically, two years of full-time study is needed after the bachelor degree is acquired.
  • Doctorate Degree – Usually requires eight years of full-time college work and is the highest level of academic degree. You can earn a doctorate in almost any subject area.
  • Click here to access more information regarding higher education opportunities as well as financial aid programs which may be available to you. [LINK?]


I am a student

Graduation can be an exciting, and also scary time. You might be overwhelmed by the choices and considerations to be made following high school graduation. In order to make this time less stressful, we have put together information from various sources so that you can make informed decisions about your future. [LINK?]


Get Hired

SC Works Online Services offers job search assistance and creating an account on the website maximizes these options. Visit your local SC Works center for job search assistance.