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For Job Seekers

Have you been applying for jobs and not hearing back from anyone? Are you unable to get past the first interview? Or believe you are being rejected for good positions because you’re “over-qualified”?

Are you uncertain about what you want to do? Thinking about changing industries or career fields but not sure what career path is right for you?

Have you lost your job or feel you might be at risk in today’s unpredictable workplace?

Has it been a while since you looked for a job and don’t know where to start?

Whether you are just starting your career, have been recently laid off and need assistance with a job search, are considering pursuing a new direction or simply want to make sure you’re prepared for a job search should you suddenly need to embark on one, we can help.

At the Career Development Center, we work with you to build job search skills for career success. Offering expert guidance and proven strategies, our seasoned career counselors will provide personal attention every step of the way to help you achieve your career goals.


Whether you just can’t figure out what you want to do, or think your career may not be a good fit, but you’re not sure what career would be more satisfying, we can help you by taking you through a selected set of career/interest assessment tests that will help to identify your interests, abilities and values and how they relate to career opportunities.

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Resumes & More

Competition for employment is extremely tight. Recruiters and hiring managers often receive scores of resumes for each open position. Let us help you package yourself and your credentials for increased competitive advantage.

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Job Search Assistance

CDC career counselors can assist you in formulating a specific job search plan to help you realize your career goals. We’ll help you identify opportunities and provide the support and encouragement along the way to keep you focused.

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Workshops and Other Resources

In addition to individual career transition services, the CDC offers numerous workshops; a resource center offering online access to job banks and word processing and scores of career-related books and periodicals.

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Online Learning Center

CDC's Online Learning Center offers a variety of self-paced tutorials and instructor-led courses to enhance your professional and personal development.

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Program for At-Risk Teens

Age Up, Not Out (AUNO) is a unique partnership between the CDC and YouthWorks, serving young adults between the ages of 18-24 who no longer qualify for the foster care system. AUNO provides participants job-readiness tools and emotional support to prepare them for life-long employment.

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WorkAble provides career consulting and employment coaching to unemployed job seekers in the Pittsburgh region. WorkAble is a FREE service for those who qualify.

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EmployAble provides career consulting and employment coaching to job seekers who have mental health challenges and/or autism. The program also provides on-site training and consultation for organizations to help them understand the value and benefits of hiring individuals with these challenges.

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Refugee Youth Employment Program

The Refugee Youth Employment Program (RYEP) helps refugee youth to develop life, career and job readiness skills and gives them opportunities to explore post-secondary education options and learn about vocational opportunities.

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Jeremiah's Place Pilot Collaborative

The CDC partners with Jeremiah’s Place Pittsburgh Relief Nursery to provide career counseling and referrals to critical needs services for low income parents, primarily single mothers.

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Learn & Earn

With funding from the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, the CDC annually places and supervises nearly 30 Pittsburgh Public high school students in internships at a variety of local employers from both the private and non-profit sectors.

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CDC partners with the Hilltop YMCA Computer Center to offer a variety of services to at-risk youth, including refugees.

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CDC's Online Learning Center
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