Workforce Service Career Central

ACCES-VR Orientation:  For individuals interested in applying for VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) services is a group setting where you will have the opportunity to hear about the program and ask general questions about the process.  Assistance will be provided if you need help with your application.  Reservations are required.  Call 518- 473-8097 for reservation.

Exploring Work Search Resources:  This workshop will provide an overview of tools found in the Departments of Labor’s website that were developed by employment experts.  These tools can help you find local employers, see recent job postings, learn about skilled labor apprenticeships, see resume templates, identify upcoming recruitments, obtain labor market information and much more.

Financial Aid for Training:  Participants who attend this informational session will learn about the policy, procedures and eligibility requirements for an Individual Training Award (ITA) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  Awards are subject to eligibility verification and  occupational outlook of employment opportunities to justify funding for the training request.  Please note that attendance to the informational session does not  guarantee the issuance of an ITA.

First Steps: Intro to Technology:  Intro to technology- update and format your resume using Microsoft Word, create and use appropriate e-mail address along with creating an Indeed profile. Learn how to apply to jobs online and upload your resume. Obtain tips for writing effective cover letter and thank you letter. This workshop is presented by ATTAIN LAB (EOC) ***(Pre-requisite – electronic resume) 

Getting Back to Work:  Getting back into the workforce can be intimidating and requires work. The Getting Back to Work workshop covers topics such as the job search, the hidden job market, resume writing, and interviewing skills. This workshop will explore the tools you need to get back to work.

Interviewing Techniques: Interviewing Techniques: The interview requires you to bring together your knowledge of a position/company and your ability to articulate how your skills and background are a fit.  Learn the importance of practice, preparation, research, and how to answer tough interview questions through self-evaluation and feedback. This workshop uses mock interview experiences and participant practice to master the interview! 

Job Search Techniques:  This workshop is designed to help you expand your job search. You will explore the visible and hidden job market, learn new resources to help you search for a job, how to network and Learn how to recognize and define your transferable skills.  Learn how to maximize the benefit of the time you
spend looking for work, identify employers who may be hiring, through use of the best online tools. Learn about the habits and routines that successful job seekers utilize.
Resources for Veterans:  Join a small group of veterans to discuss how to find out about additional services, resources, and information that you can use to enhance your job search efforts. Topics covered will include resume tips, conducting an effective job search, best interviewing practices and what employers are really looking for.

Stress Management:  This course will help you learn the ins and outs of stress management. For six weeks we will focus on a larger topics that cause stress, ranging from conflict resolution to setting attainable goals. By the end of the program, you and your group will know how to define stress, how to cope with stress, and how to manage stressful situations in home and at work.

Using Metrix to Enhance Your Skills:  Attend this orientation to answer the question "why e-learning?" Learn about the 6,000 activities covering many job skills. Metrix is a great tool for independent, disciplined learners who are comfortable working a computer. 

Albany’s Workforce Solution Center

Serving employers and job seekers.

Located in Albany’s Career Center, the Department of Youth and Workforce Services with over 35 years of experience, operates a variety of federal and stated funded activities designed to assist job seekers and employers with their workforce needs. 

A key operating principle of the Department of Youth and Workforce Services is to create an interchange between employers and job seekers that responds to current and future workforce demands in the Albany area.

Services for job seekers include:

  • Employment statistics information on the labor market;
  • Job vacancy listings;
  • Information on job skills necessary to obtain employment;
  • Local occupations in demand, earnings and required skills;
  • Job search assistance;
  • Use of telephone bank, fax, voice mail and copier service to conduct job search;
  • Use of computer bank with Internet connection to conduct job search;
  • Use of our Career Resource library with hundreds of reference materials, newspapers and periodicals;
  • Interest inventories and aptitude tests;
  • Access to training for qualified customer;
  • Career Portal.

To download a job seekers brochure click here
To download a business brochure click here.

Services for employers include:

  • Customized training for employees;
  • On-the-Job training contracts;
  • Job posting options;
  • Information on tax credits;
  • Information on federal and state employer related initiatives;
  • Use of facility to conduct job interviews;
  • Access to our pool of pre-screened job seekers.

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance claims can be filed online. Visit the NYS Department of Labor for more information. 

Contact Information

Career Central
175 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206 
Phone: (518) 462-7600 
Fax: (518) 434-9742 

Phone: (518) 242-8257
            For Businesses: 
            Robert Wildermuth III 
            Phone: (518) 242-8220
            Fax: (518) 447-5967
            For Job Seekers in Albany County: 
            Phone: (518) 242-8257