If you are looking for help in finding a job, please access the Resources for Finding a Job listed below.

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Resources for Finding a Job

These programs offer support finding a job: 

Add a new skill or experience to your resume:


Central Iowa Works Programs

You may have heard about one of our programs that support central Iowans in getting a job or moving up in their careers. Most of these programs are full or have requirements for entry. Please use the resources above to connect with training and support or dial 2-1-1 for help. 

Health care

Central Iowa HealthWorks helps central Iowans enter careers in health care 

Returning Citizens 

The CIRCA (Central Iowa Returning Citizens Achieve) initiative supports central Iowans returning from prison 

(Status: Please contact your parole officer)

Retail and Service

Retail Pathways project is studying career opportunities in service industries and providing opportunities to build skills. 

(Status: Training opportunities coming soon)


We work with several trade groups to provide apprentice-level training. To get connected, contact:

Tips for Applying for Jobs

  • Learn about the companies you like. Visit employers’ websites and talk to organizations you’re interested in rather than searching for jobs on a job listing website such as Indeed.

  • Make connections. Spend less time searching for jobs on your computer and more time connecting face-to-face with people in your community. Networking is often the most successful way to get a job.

  • Identify your strengths. Ask yourself: What is the one thing that will make a company want to hire you? If you’re unsure, ask a friend. Emphasize your unique strength in applications and in interviews.

  • Follow up. When someone contacts you about a job, respond within 24 hours.


Tips for Interviewing for a Job

  • Know your strengths. Write down your key skills, experiences, and traits that will benefit a company.

  • Know your history. Write down your experiences with employment, volunteering, education, and certifications, including the correct names of organizations and years you were there.

  • Practice interviewing. Rehearse answers to common interview questions, such as why you are interested in the job and how you have worked through challenges. Ask a friend to give you feedback.

  • Dress appropriately. Find work clothes to help you look your best for an interview at Dress for Success or Men on the Move.

  • Thank everyone. Make sure you thank anyone you come into contact with throughout the interview process and follow up with a handwritten or email thank-you note to the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview.