Looking for employment? We'd love to help. Please attend one of our short Introduction to Services workshops, offered at the following times:
Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm
All workshops are held at our office at the Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st Street, Suite 1030 in Tulsa. Look for the "Workforce Oklahoma" sign.
Please bring two forms of identification and a resume if you have one. To be fully eligible for all services available, please bring proof of income, including any of the following acceptable documents: last pay stub, SNAP, TANF, or SSI all within the last 6 months.
College & College Completion
The Tulsa Regional Chamber is partnering with area higher education institutions, local employers and community organizations to challenge Tulsans to get back in school. The Talent Dividend initiative is a goal to increase the number of certifications and degrees completed by one percentage point over the next five years. Research has consistently shown that higher education improves our economic potential by attracting new businesses and generating jobs.
From now through the year 2018, Oklahoma will have 541,000 job vacancies. Of those, 308,000 will require post-secondary education. Now more than ever, it is vitally important for working adults to receive at least two years of post-secondary education or training. Whether that means receiving a certification from a technical school, finishing an associates or bachelor’s degree, or even going back to school complete a masters, post-secondary education and training is the key to being competitive for those jobs.
The College of Extended Learning at Northeastern State University offers degree completion programs for working adults in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, Human & Family Sciences and Organizational Leadership. Click here for details.
Reach Higher - Oklahoma's Degree Completion Program - offers an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science in enterprise development (general studies or business administration) designed for working adults who have already earned at least 18 hours of college credit and want to finish an associate degree or a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership designed for working adults who ahve already earned at least 72 hours of college credit and want to finish a Bachelor's Degree.
Other requirements apply. Go to Reach Higher for full details.
Accelerating Independence Scholarship - Tulsa Technology Center
Considered a ‘Gap’ scholarship, the Accelerating Independence Scholarship covers 100% of tuition for students with GED or high school diplomas from any of the in-district, public, parochial, or home-school through the age of 23. A Gap scholarship assists students who do not have the funds available to meet tuition cost. 100% of a students’ Federal Pell Grant is applied towards tuition prior to awarding the scholarship.
The Accelerating Independence Scholarship is available to those who meet specific criteria. Applicants must be high school or home-school graduates with a 2.0 or “C” average and must provide a final high school transcript, and a valid FAFSA must be on file for each applicant. Students must also complete all admission requirements, be accepted for admission, and be enrolled in order for a scholarship to be awarded.
OKCollegeStart.org offers guidance for students, parents, adults, and educators on various topics. There are resources for high school planning, college planning, career planning, and financial aid planning.
General Job Search
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
Goodwill's focus is to give a hand up to those with barriers to employment by creating jobs and helping those individuals find jobs in the community.
Goodwill's training programs allow individuals to gain the skills and confidence needed to attract better jobs for a brighter future. Learn Computer Essentials, Computer Office Applications, Corporate Customer Service, Fork Lift Operations, and Private Security.
If your only barrier to employment is needing help to find employment Goodwill's Job Connection program is open to the public and is ready to help.
The purpose of the Job-Hunt.Org Web site is to provide the most comprehensive listing of employer recruiting page links, the best Internet-accessible legitimate job-search resources and services on the Web, and the best and most up-to-date advice from genuine job search and career experts. From the beginning in 1998, the focus is on avoiding scams and protecting job seeker privacy.
Since 1998, Job-Hunt.org has been edited by online job search expert Susan P. Joyce, who is the primary writer and link chooser for Job-Hunt.
LearnUp.com is a job training and placement platform for entry-level jobs. On the site, employers tell you what training you need for specific jobs. Job seekers who complete the training can get contacted directly by hiring managers for open positions.
Owasso Chamber of Commerce
The Owasso Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business people and concerned citizens working in a cooperative effort to promote an environment that creates business, economic success and enhances Owasso’s position as Oklahoma’s premier community.
You can find job opportunities with chamber members on the Owasso Chamber of Commerce employment page of their website.
The Tulsa area Workforce Centers offer job seekers tremendous resources, including job search assistance, resume assistance, interviewing skills, on-the-job training, GED assistance and post-secondary education for qualified applicants. Click here to view the different Workforce Centers in our four-county area.
WorkInBrokenArrow.com is a project of the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation. Job Seekers can search for a wide range of jobs - from professional to production to retail - in the Tulsa metro's largest suburb, a community of 100,000 people and over 300 manufacturers.
Oklahoma Career Guide
Oklahoma Career Guide is an easy online tool available for all Oklahomans to explore and guide their future. You can take assessments, identify occupations, establish education plans and, ultimately, connect to employers. Whether you are a student searching for career and college options or an adult looking for a new career path, OK Career Guide is the powerful tool to provide all the career and educational resources you will need to chart your course for the future.
CareerOneStop.org is a one-stop for career success, sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
Dream It Do It Northeast Oklahoma
Dream It Do It Northeast Oklahoma is an initiative that showcases the incredible career opportunities available in manufacturing to the emerging workforce. Dream It Do It works to change perceptions of manufacturing careers by connecting manufacturers with students, parents and educators to create an understanding of the manufacturing renaissance in the United States and salary opportunities over $60,000 for Oklahoma employees.
Key programming elements include classroom visits, internships, job shadows, educator and student tours, career fairs, collaborative training programs and an awareness campaign. Advantages of pursuing a career in manufacturing include a low threshold of entry, early advancement opportunities and early increases in salary levels compared to other industries.
LearnHowToBecome.org is a new resource for students and job seekers who are looking for in-depth career information and guidance. LearnHowToBecome.org, a non-commercial organization, provides detailed insight into 45 of today's most popular career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching.
Each career has its own customized "how-to" guide, which starts by addressing important questions such as 'What does a medical assistant do'? and 'What skills are needed to succeed'? The guide then dissects each of the educational and professional steps needed to enter the field, including coursework in high school, a college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and professional exams and certifications.
For those interested in the bigger picture, each how-to guide also includes resources and tools specific to the career in focus:
- A directory of campus and online programs from accredited colleges and universities, related to the career;
- A tool comparing salaries in the profession across the U.S.;
- Salaries of closely related careers;
- Job growth information and data; and,
- Professional resources
Monster Career Planning Tools
In addition to being a job search site, Monster has several new tools to help job seekers explore careers.
Career Mapping Tool - Allows job seekers to explore different career paths and the steps required for each career.
Career Benchmarking Tool - Allows job seekers to benchmark themselves against others in the same career.
MyNextMove.org is an interactive guide that allows job seekers to explore and help narrow their career choices. It is a project of the US Department of Labor.
My Skills My Future
My Skills My Future is a career exploration site funded by the US Department of Labor.
OKCareerPlanner.org offers resources for exploring careers, training and for job search.
OK CareerTech Career Clusters
Career Clusters link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has developed instructional framework based on sixteen career clusters.
For descriptions of each cluster, career majors, and sample plans of study, click here.
For additional information on clusters, sample careers, and education needed, click here.
Occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills are called Career Clusters. Using Onet Online, you can research occupations by Career Clusters.
Using Onet Online, students, parents, and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.
To view Onet Online, click here.
Tulsa Community College Career Finder
Free to the public, the Tulsa Community College Career Finder is an online guide to help you narrow your career choices. Click here to begin.
U.S. Department of Labor - Find Your Path
Whether you are looking for a job or to grow your skills, there are federal resources available in your community. Go to Find Your Path to learn more.
Finish for Greater Tulsa
Finish for Greater Tulsa has tools and resources for career exploration. Learn about Tulsa's fastest growing industries, try the Virtual Job Shadow, explore financial aid opportunties, and more.
OK Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology Intern Partnerships
The R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships program is a winning solution for Oklahoma’s undergraduate students, faculty who teach undergraduate students and Oklahoma's applied research and development facilities.
These partnerships improve the state's R&D base by supporting undergraduate student internships and undergraduate teaching faculty internships at Oklahoma R&D facilities, and by encouraging the students to prepare for careers at Oklahoma scientific and technical firms. The internships provide undergraduate students and faculty members increased experience with R&D in a workplace environment.
Funding for R&D Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships supports one- to two-year projects requiring a minimum of $10,000 per year and a maximum of $30,000 per year of OCAST funds. The required match shall be from non-state appropriated funds.
An undergraduate student or faculty member may intern for up to one year (i.e., 1.0 FTE for 12 months, 0.5 FTE over two years; or two summers at 1.0 FTE and the remaining divided over the academic years). The field of study – degree pursued or held –by the undergraduate student and/or faculty interns must be related to the field of use of the applied R&D performed. The degree pursued by the undergraduate student interns (or held by the faculty intern) must be in natural sciences, computer science, materials science, engineering, a biomedical/biotechnical area or in a support area related to building successful Oklahoma high-tech companies.
CareerTech 4 Vets
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Careertech, CareerTech 4 Vets provides multiple resources for veterans, including benefits, certifications, discharge & education resources.
City of Tulsa Veterans Resource Center
The City of Tulsa's Veterans Resource Center is a place for service members, veterans, and fmily members to receive information about current proggrams and promotions in the City of Tulsa.
eBenefits is a service of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Unisted States Department of Defense, providing a gateway to a broad variety of benefit information. It is a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.
Military OneSource provides answers to the military life questions you didn't even know to ask. Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Find resources for education and employment.
Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff:
- and more.
Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you'll always be in the loop.
MyNextMove.org for Veterans
MyNextMove.org for Veterans is an interactive guide that allows veterans to explore and narrow their career choices. It's a project of the US Department of Labor.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with those who support them.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission offers substantial employment services to Veterans.
Eastgate Workforce Office (east Tulsa)
Phone (918) 796.1200
Skyline Workforce Office (south Tulsa)
Phone (918) 384-2300
Sapulpa Workforce office
Phone (918) 224-9430
Created for Veterans, Businesses and Supporters of Veterans, ShowYourStrips.org offers job search and other resources for Veterans. The site is a project of Clear Channel Media & Entertainment.
Veteran Central is a nonprofit organization with a mission to Support U.S. Military service members and their families as they transition to new civilian lives and identities as Veterans.
Veteran Central invests donations in innovative programs, scholarships, and eCommunity development. They focus on impacting transition challenges positively at both macro and micro support levels across America.
Click here to learn about virtual work, get work or contribute.
GED & ESL Resources
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
Tulsa Area Manufacturers Association Scholarship
Students in manufacturing related programs at Oklahoma technical schools or colleges are invited to apply for TAMA Scholarships. Scholarships up to $750.00 are available. Applications must be submitted by March 15th for scholarships awarded for the following Fall Semester.
Eligibility to receive a TAMA scholarship requires that a student meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a student in good standing at an Oklahoma technical school or college and be accepted/enrolled for the fall semester, or be a High School Senior accepted to one of those institutions for the fall semester.
- Be enrolled in a manufacturing related degree or certificate program.
- Have a 3.0 grade point average, on a 4 point scale, in the previous 2 semesters (or an equivalent grade if the school uses a grading system other than a 4 point scale).
- Authorize TAMA to receive your transcript by signing the scholarship application .Ad some text.
- Have a 95% attendance record (excluding excused absences) in the current school year.
- Complete all questions on the scholarship application.
- Submit a written or video explanation of why you have chosen a career in manufacturing.
- Sign and date the completed application.
- Participate in an interview conducted by members of the TAMA scholarship committee.
To learn more, click here.
Scholarships2Success - Scholarships for Entrepreneurs
This NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Since 2003, the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded over 2,300 scholarships to graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award.
Transportation Resource Center
The Transportation Resource Center offers alternative transportation (walking, biking, or sharing a ride) for northeastern Oklahoma.
Center For Employment Opportunities
The Center for Employment Opportunities helps people who are under parole supervision find and keep jobs. The CEO program includes
- a 5-day pre-employment workshop;
- Resume & interview help from job coaches;
- Transitional employment;
- Job search and job matching assistance via job developers
- Up to $1,000 in rewards after placement.
To learn more, click here.
Federal Bonding Program
In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer.
Contact: David Slimp, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, email@example.com, (405) 557-5474
Government Housing Programs
Legal Aid has produced a chart that demonstrates eligibility for government housing programs. In this chart you will find different scenarios that deal with felony convictions, current user of illegal drugs, and recovered substance abuse user, as well as, their eligibility for government housing programs. Legal Aid is still researching this issue in order to develop a more comprehensive list of information. Once that information becomes available it will be posted here.
Provisional Driver's License
Since ex-offenders lose their driver's license when convicted, one of their biggest hurdles is finding work once released because of transportation isuues.
New State Bill No. 97 enacted a Provisional Driver's License Program that allows an individual who has lost his license due to a drug conviction to obtain a provisional license that allows him to drive to certain locations, including a place of employment.
Tulsa Re-Entry One Stop
The Tulsa Reentry One-Stop is an employment and training program that helps men and women who are returning to the Tulsa community from prison. The program provides comprehensive employment services, including training, placement and retention services. The program helps with career training and job placement as well as assisting with the challenges and barriers that stand in the way of acquiring and maintaining a job. The program also offers education, support services and incentives, and life and career coaching -- all at one convenient location.
Women in Recovery
The Women in Recovery program began in June 2009 as an alternative to incarceration program for women facing significant prison sentences in Tulsa County. WIR reduces the number of female receptions in Tulsa County by offering an alternative to incarceration for judges, district attorneys and public defenders, by combining strict supervision within a comprehensive day treatment format for women with substance abuse problems.
Participant requirements and programs include:
- Gender-responsive trauma informed substance abuse treatment and cognitive behavioral therapies
- Employment and vocational training
- Comprehensive individual and group treatment
- Family reunification/parent skill training
- Transitional safe and sober housing
- Intensive case management & basic needs
- Employment and vocational training
- Primary health and dental care
- Linkage to community recovery support groups
- Life skills, education, transportation, volunteerism
- Wellness and stress reduction
- Community integration
- Aftercare services post graduation
A woman is potentially eligible to enter WIR if she is 18 years of age or older, is involved in the criminal justice system and ineligible for other diversion services or courts, has a history or is at risk of substance abuse and is at imminent risk of incarceration. Women with children have a high priority for program admission. With more than 300 women sent to prison from Tulsa County in FY2010, the need for alternatives is crucial.
Workers with Disabilities
Gatesway Foundation is a non-profit Oklahoma agency that provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Since 1963, Gatesway has provided opportunities for independence to thousands of people with intellectual disabilities in Northeastern and Central Oklahoma, through a full array of residential and vocational options. The Gatesway goal is to assure that the people they serve acquire the life skills, vocational skills and social skills necessary to help them live and work as independently as possible and become a vital part of their community.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa is a network of over 200 community-based, autonomous member organizations worldwide that serves people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services.
Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
The mission of NewView Okahoma is to empower blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum potential through employment, rehabilitation, and community outreach.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Oklahoma ABLE Tech - Oklahoma ABLE Tech is the statewide Assistive Technology Act Program proudly located at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Wellness. ABLE Tech is funded through the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and maintains coordination and collaboration efforts with partners throughout the State of Oklahoma. The funding provided helps enhance the opportunities for Oklahomans with disabilities to access and acquire needed assistive technology.
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Oklahoma Department of Human Services has a Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) program. The mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families help themselves to lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives.
Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) serves persons ages 3 and up who have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Persons served may also have other developmental disabilities in addition to intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.
Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) offers a wide array of community services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Services are individualized to meet each person's needs. DDSD services are funded through Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers and through State funds.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services expands opportunities for employment and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success at work. Click here to learn about the many resources they offer for job seekers.
Vocational rehabilitation programs introduce or reinstate people with disabilities into the work force, creating taxpayers and reducing dependence on disability benefits and social assistance.
There are various paths a person may take to employment follow the links in this section to explore your options. To talk to someone directly call 800.487.4042 and follow the prompts to be routed to the office nearest you. - See more at: http://www.okrehab.org/seekers/index.htm#sthash.vdrTmlhr.dpuf
Project Special Courage
Project Special Courage has various programs. They provide adaptive recreational opportunities, navigation support, adaptive equipment support, and long-term system changes.
Their mission is to create a culture of inclusion and increased opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
TARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ensuring a high quality of life for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities and their families through education, empowerment, support and advocacy. The agency was founded in 1952 by the parents of children with disabilities who faced lives in which few options existed beyond institutional care. Those parents were passionate about creating programs and services so their children could live satisfying lives in their own communities. TARC remains as committed today to fostering the well-being, dignity, and rights of citizens with developmental disabilities and their families as did the pioneering parents of more than a half-century ago.
The Bridges Foundation
The Bridges Foundation serves as a connection for individuals with developmental disabilities to:
The Bridges Foundation showcases the strengths, capabilities and talents of each individual served. By assisting each person in the attainment of their individual goals, self-sufficiency increases, positively impacting the entire community landscape. Clients receive services based upon their own abilities through any of three employment programs: The Outsource Center, Community Work Groups or Individual Placement. Clients can also receive individual assistance from our Living Skills Program which provides ongoing education in reading, math, social and living skills.
The Major Group
The Major Group is a highly specialized employment service bringing experience, dependability, and difference to the workplace. The mission of The Major Group is to establish long term partnerships with both the public and private business sector and by utilizing a person centered philosophy match the needs of business with those individuals that come to us seeking employment. We value integrity, honesty, commitment, loyalty, and a belief that people with disabilities can be productive citizens and deserve a right to work.
The Osage Nation Department of Education offers educational and training programs sponsored by tribal and federal funds. The federal programs include classroom training, summer youth, supportive services, career services, work experience, and Johnson O'Malley (JOM).
The tribal programs include higher education scholarship, Sylvan tutoring, on reservation tutoring, internship/externship, and youth outreach projects. The federal programs are open to all eligible Native Americans residing within Osage County. The tribal programs are offered to Osage tribal members located on and off the reservation.
Click here to learn more.
Cherokee Nation Career Service Office
The mission of the Cherokee Nation Career Services Group is to develop and encourage individuals to achieve and maintain work habits and skills that promote employability and self-sufficiency through programs encompassing education, training, rehabilitation and supportive services.
Diversity & Inclusion
DiversityConneX.com matches diverse professionals with inclusive companies who share their values. They system makes sure you fit by assessing who you are and connecting you with inlcusive companies who can provide the culture you want.
A Council of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the primary focus of the Mosaic council is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in our region. Mosaic seeks to leverage the region’s diversity to improve perceptions of our community and grow the economy. Ultimately, Mosaic wishes to catapult the Tulsa region into the forefront of diversity and inclusion through talent recruitment initiatives and business retention and expansion efforts.
Mission: Mosaic will educate, lead, and influence businesses on creating diverse and inclusive workforce cultures to enhance their competitive advantage.
Vision: Mosaic will catapult Tulsa into the forefront of diversity & inclusion leadership.
A great way to get involved with Mosaic is to participate on one of our committees: Business Services, Communications, Membership and Legislative. Click here for details.
YWCA Immigrant and Refugee Department offers immigration assistance, English as a Second Language classes, Project Citizenship, and Refugee Job Development. The Refugee Job Development program offers job assistance to refugee job seekers and their employers. Refugee employment services offered are job search assistance, basic job readiness, resume building, job referrals and placement, interpreting, employee paperwork assistance, and post-employment support.
CareerOneStop.org is a one-stop for career success, sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
Child Care Resource Center
The Child Care Resource Center can conduct an in-depth, specialized search
to help you find childcare just right for you. Their degreed Referral Specialists will be happy to help you with your child care search. The Child Care Resource Center is a service of the Community Service Council.
Job Assistance Ministry
The Church at Battle Creek offers a Job Assistance Ministry on the 2nd & 3rd Sunday of every month. For more information, click here.
Job Transition Ministry and On-The-Job Training Workshop
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income persons throughout Oklahoma. LASO was born in 2001 when Legal Aid Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma were merged to create a unified program for the state. LASO maintains 23 offices throughout Oklahoma.
The mission of Resume Help.org is to assist a job seeker with how to write a resume, distribute a resume, tips for interviewing, and numerous tools to get the perfect job. Resume Help.org was designed for everyone from the novice job hunter to the HR professional.
You may apply for Unemployment Insurance via the telephone or the Internet. To file over the Internet, go here. To file by telephone, call 1-800-555-1554 Claims may be filed by telephone only between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday (except for State holidays), and call volume on Mondays is higher than on any other day, so your wait time may be longer on Mondays.
For questions about Unemployment Insurance, click here.