Peak Performers is an active part of the recruiting and job seeking community and connected to many organizations and resources that may help job seekers find work. Here is our curated list of Austin job seeking resources:
General Job Seeker Services
Workforce Solutions is the operational arm of Texas Workforce Commission in providing various job seeker services. Peak Performers does not provide job seeker services and will usually refer job seekers onto Workforce Solutions.
You can turn to Workforce Solutions for services such as:
- Unemployment benefits
- Free or discounted training and education opportunities
- Workplace accommodation resources
- Childcare assistance services
- Resume and interview coaching
- Career coaching
NEW! In response to the sudden rise in unemployment, Workforce Solutions has launched a “Jobs Now” website, which is a manually curated list of jobs that are still hiring despite current market conditions.
Additionally, they hold job fairs periodically throughout the year:
- Bi-weekly general job fairs
- Industry-specific job fairs
- Public sector job fairs
- Disability-focused job fairs
- Second chance job fairs
- Veterans job fairs
There are multiple locations in the Austin area, and they’re open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. They accept walk-ins and appointments for job seekers with specific needs.
- 9001 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste 110, Austin, TX 78753 (North Austin)
- 575 Round Rock W Dr Building H, Suite 240, Round Rock, TX 78681 (Round Rock)
- 3401 Webberville Rd #1000, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)
- 7701 Metropolis Dr, Austin, TX 78744 (South Austin)
Austin Job Clubs
Job seeking can be demoralizing, especially if you’re told “no” over and over. It can be valuable to join a community of other job seekers to keep you motivated and to offer guidance along the way. Fortunately, Austin metro area has three prominent job clubs which you can become involved in. They will often feature speakers, job fairs, and resume workshops. These are free to attend—they ask for donations from previous job seekers and from employer sponsorships.
Job Seekers Network – Meetings in Northwest Austin every Monday
HIRED Texas – Meetings in Round Rock every Tuesday
LaunchPad Job Club – Meetings in North Austin every Friday
Note: currently job clubs are suspended due to outbreaks in the COVID-19. This article will be updated when the job clubs are back in session.
Recommended Job Seeker Websites
There are a lot of websites out there to help job seekers find work and much of your time is going to be spent utilizing these resources. Gone are the days of walking into businesses and dropping off your resume at the front desk. “Help wanted” signs now hang in the digital window.
You should use all or many of these websites to aid your job search. Generally, these websites are free to job seekers and require minutes to start an account.
ZipRecruiter – this platform has taken the recruiting world by storm as it does a great job of proactively finding jobs that may be a fit and inviting you to apply. It is also pulls jobs from hundreds of other websites and centralizes them in one place.
Monster – this platform is used by many recruiters for its advanced search features. It also tends to attract many professional and information technology job seekers. From an employer side, the cost is rather daunting but that tends to attract larger employers looking for hard-to-find candidates.
Dice – this is widely used in the Austin information technology job search community. Dice tends to attract mid and senior -level professionals.
WorkInTexas – this is used in Texas by Workforce Solutions to post jobs. Jobseekers filing for unemployment will be required to build a profile….but take time to do it right—many job seekers don’t fill in all the information! Savvy recruiters use this website because it’s free and because it’s a snap shot of nearly all job seekers available, not just the ones who have their resume up on other platforms.
Glassdoor – jobs are posted to Glassdoor but perhaps more important are the tools to read company reviews and explore salaries. Glassdoor is an important part of your research toolkit so that you spend time engaging with reputable companies.
Austin Chamber of Commerce – in response to the COVID-19 unemployment crisis, the Austin Chamber of Commerce has launched a listing of businesses in Austin who are still hiring. Great for doing some research and discovering companies that you haven’t heard of before.
Additional Job Seeking Resources
Here is a list of other resources that I refer people onto who are looking for work:
AustinUp is a local nonprofit that connects older adults (ages 50+) with employers seeking experienced professionals. AustinUp also partners with AARP in order to connect older adults with a host of other services. AustinUp has periodic job fairs throughout the year as well as regular meetings.
Texas Veterans Commission supports Texas veterans and their spouses who are looking for work and other services. Texas Veterans Commission career advisors work out of Workforce Solutions offices.
Austin Community College Employment Readiness Training is a “boot camp” to help job seekers get ready to look for work. Perfect for those who have not looked for work for a little while and are feeling overwhelmed.
Other Community Resources
There can be other barriers getting in the way of finding a job. Here is a list of some of those local resources:
Austin Urban League is a local nonprofit that seeks to help African Americans and other under-served urban residents with job training, housing programs, and education.
Homeless Veteran Assistance the local VA helps homeless veterans get connected to housing and jobs. Local resources available to help veterans and their spouses.
Dress for Success helps disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development resources.
Workforce Education and Readiness Continuum is a branch Workforce Solutions here to connect job seekers to specific resources they will need prior to starting work.
Foundation Communities is a local nonprofit that assists central Texas residents with financial assistance, health insurance, and access to other services to help ensure they are able to start work.