Job Seekers Get Started

# Where Do I Start?

Unemployed, working below your level of education or potential, or entering the workforce for the first time? Workforce Alliance and the American Job Centers offer free employment and training services to job seekers in South Central Connecticut.


Get Oriented

Need one-on-one career planning? Think you need to get retrained? Want to offer an employer an incentive to hire you? Start with a One Stop Services Orientation to access training and job development services. Complete the form to begin the registration process and have staff contact you to answer questions.

Offered in 3 locations: New Haven, Meriden, Middletown

Self-Service Career Centers

Each American Job Center allows jobseekers to visit without an appointment, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday to check the job boards, create and send out resumes, search online, and complete applications.

NEW: Child-Friendly Hours: 2:30-4:30 PM Monday-Friday in New Haven and Meriden. Children under 18 may accompany adults to appointments and using the Career Center.


560 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven

87 West Main Street, Meriden

37 Marne Street, Hamden

272 S. Main Street, Middletown

Skills in Demand

Got experience or education in these high-demand, high-skilled fields, but been laid off or downsized? Have you been out of work for more than six months, and are willing to upgrade your skills to get back into the field?

We offer job matching and incentives to companies to hire and train you on-the-job. Click below to get started:

Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Engineering

Public Workshops

American Job Centers offer monthly schedules of Information session and workshops that are open to the public. Improve our resume, interviewing and networking techniques, explore services for Veterans, and more. Click on a location for a full schedule: New Haven, Meriden, Hamden, Middletown.


Leveraging Your Technical Skills In: IT, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

21st Century Manufacturing Career Exploration

Health Careers Advancement Project Information Session

ITXpress: Information Technology Training & Jobs for Young Adults, Ages 17-29

Job Fairs & Hiring Events

American Job Centers host recruitment events for companies to interview candidates and often hire on the spot! Click on a location for schedules and how to register in CTHires: New Haven, Meriden, Hamden, Middletown.

Job Fairs and Business Expos throughout the South Central CT Region offer a chance to meet employers and job seekers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to find out where we are!

Jobs First Employment Services

Assists those receiving Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) with employment services to become and remain independent by preparing them for work and lifelong learning. Administered in partnership with the CT Department of Social Services.

Veterans Needing Housing Assistance

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) assists veteran families who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Get help finding permanent housing and accessing benefits, including employment services.

Contact Kevin Seeley at (203) 624-1493 x 235.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Veterans and their Families (DD214 required)
  • Meets income guidelines
  • Currently homeless or on the verge of losing permanent housing

Statewide Call Toll-Free: 1-866-683-1682

Apprenticeship Works!

Registered Apprenticeships through the CT Department of Labor can be combined with employment and training services and incentives offered by Workforce Alliance and the American Job Centers.

An apprenticeship occurs at a sponsoring employer site where skilled workers share their knowledge to help an apprentice become an expert in a skilled trade, supplemented by related classroom instruction. Apprenticeships generally range from 1 to 4 years.

For find out more or for a complete list of apprenticeship occupations, call (860) 263-6085 or visit:


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