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The following is a list of organizations for professionals who assist job seekers with finding employment and succeeding with their careers.

jobAmerica's Career Resource Network - America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) consists of state and federal organizations that provide information, resources and training on career and education exploration.

jobAmerican College Counseling Association - The American College Counseling Association is a national organization for persons in higher education settings whose professional identity is counseling and whose purpose is fostering student development. ACCA strives to support and enhance the practice of college counseling, to promote ethical and responsible professional practice, to promote communication and exchange among college counselors across service areas and institutional settings, to encourage cooperation with other organizations related to higher education and college student development, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the professional of Higher Education.

jobAmerican School Counselor Association - The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 18,000 professional school counselors around the globe.

jobAssociation for Multicultural Counseling and Development - The mission of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) is to provide global leadership, research, training and development of multicultural counseling professionals with a focus on racial and ethnic issues.

jobAssociation of Career Firms International - CF International is the trade association for the career management industry and its world-wide voice. Founded in 1982, its members make up over 70% of this billion dollar industry, employing thousands of professionals in hundreds of offices. Members provide a wide range of services: career management, human resource consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, succession planning, outplacement, workforce deployment, and assessment. They are partners with clients in human resource management around the world. ACF International members do not provide retail services to individuals.

jobAssociation of Career Professionals International - The Association of Career Professionals International is the World’s Voice on Career Issues. With more than 2000 members who bring global expertise from both independent practices and large firms, we are represented in more than 30 countries around the world. Working with organizations and individuals, including career management and transition (outplacement), assessments, coaching, talent retention and organizational consulting.

jobAssociation of Job Search Trainers - The Association of Job Search Trainers, Inc. (AJST) is an international association in the field of self-directed job search training. The purpose of the Association of Job Search Trainers, Inc. (AJST) is to provide opportunities for professional development and networking among those in the field of self-directed job search. The association includes a broad cross-section of professionals, including job-search trainers, college and university placement counselors, outplacement consultants, job developers, job placement specialists, career consultants and counselors, resume writers, researchers, authors, and directors,  administrators, and supervisors of job search program

jobCanadian Association of Career Educators and Employers - The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) is a national non-profit partnership of employer recruiters and career services professionals. Our mission is to provide authoritative information, advice, professional development opportunities and other services to employers, career services professionals, and students.

jobCareer Counselors' Consortium - The Career Counselors' Consortium holds several meetings during the year for the purpose of facilitating members' professional development and providing opportunities for networking. Each meeting focuses on a relevant topic within the career counseling field.

jobCareer Planning and Adult Development Network - The Career Planning & Adult Development Network keeps you in touch with other career counselors, career coaches, job search trainers and human resource professionals through its publications, workshops and conferences. The NETWORK publishes a bimonthly newsletter and quarterly journal, both free to NETWORK members. The NETWORK also conducts certification workshops for job and career transition coaches & job search trainers.

jobCenter on Education and Work - The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center on Education and Work seeks to enhance the quality of career-related learning for all individuals in schools, colleges, and the workplace. The Center on Education and Work (CEW), established in 1964, has a rich tradition of enabling educators to engage youth and adults in learning and career development that leads to productive careers.

jobThe John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development - The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is a research and policy organization dedicated to applying the best research to address the core challenges of New Jersey’s and the nation's workforce. The Center’s efforts concentrate on both nurturing concrete innovations in workforce practices, as well as addressing broad-scale economic policy changes that ensure Americans receive the education and training they need to be productive and prosperous in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. The Center provides an independent source of analysis for reform and innovation in policy-making and employs cutting-edge research and evaluation projects to identify best practices in workforce development and employment and workplace policy. It is also engaged in significant partnerships with the private sector to design effective education and training programs and is committed to assisting job seekers and workers attain the information, education, and skills training they need to move up the economic ladder.

jobCenter for Workforce Preparation - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) in 1990 to help build leadership in local chambers for workforce development and help them recognize the value and importance of this leadership role. It does this by providing tools, knowledge, and strategic relationships to help chambers and their business members succeed.

jobCenter for Workforce Success - An affiliate organization of the National Association of Manufacturers, the mission of CSW is to find and promote workforce solutions for manufacturers in global economy, in order to build the workforce skills and creative contributions that American industry needs today to strengthen its competitive advantage tomorrow.

jobInternational Association of Coaches - This mission of the International Association of Coaches is to stay ahead of and anticipate evolving trends in client needs to help our members serve clients better, evolve coaching as an industry and elevate the profession. The thinking behind this radical mission statement is that if we can all focus on what's best for the client, the profession will be better off for it as well.

jobInternational Coach Federation - The International Coach Federation is the professional association of personal and business coaches that seeks to preserve the integrity of coaching around the globe.

jobInternational Association of Workforce Professionals - IAWP is a nonprofit educational association representing 17,000 professionals worldwide who work in public and private workforce development programs. IAWP is dedicated to advancing the field of workforce development through education, research, legislative action, financial support, international networking, and useful publications.

jobJobs for the Future - This organization partners with leaders in education, business, government and communities around the nation to strengthen opportunities for youth to succeed in postsecondary learning and high skill careers; increase opportunities for low-income individuals to move into family-supporting career; and meet the growing economic demand for knowledgeable and skilled workers.

jobNational Association of Colleges and Employers - National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), is the leading source of information for career services practitioners on college campuses who advise students and alumni in career development and the employment process, and for human resources professionals who recruit and hire college graduates. NACE represents the interest of more than 1,800 college career services offices at four-year, two-year, technical, and graduate schools and more than 1,900 HR/staffing functions in business, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government.

jobThe National Association of Job Training Assistance- The National Association of Job Training Assistance [NAJA] was established in 1984 as a professional, not-for-profit corporation. NAJA's mission is to assist in the professional development and exchange of information for government and non-profit staff in order to enhance the operations and performance outcomes of these agencies. They accomplish this by providing training in relevant and current topics through the use of a national network of accomplished trainers/consultants who are experts in their fields.

jobNational Association of State Workforce Agencies - NASWA is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs. Its mission is to strengthen the National Workforce Development Network through information exchange, liaison and advocacy. NASWA also operates the Center for Employment Security Education and Research (CESER).

jobNational Association of State Workforce Board Chairs - NASWBC supports its members and their staff directors in their efforts to build state leadership capacity, share best practices among states, promote recognition of state achievements, collectively influence development of federal workforce policy, and become strategic change agents for continuous improvement of the workforce development system.

jobNational Association of Workforce Boards - NAWB represents the interests of the nation's Workforce Investment Boards, the public-private partnerships charged with planning and oversight of local implementation of the Workforce Investment Act.

jobNational Association of Workforce Development Professionals - NAWDP's mission is to be the national voice for the profession and to meet the individual professional development needs of its membership.

jobNational Career Development Association - A division of the American Counseling Association, NCDA's mission is to promote the career development of all people over their life spans. NCDA also speaks for professionalism and standards, and it represents its members' interests before Congress

jobNational Employment Counseling Association - A division of the American Counseling Association, NECA's mission is to help people prepare for, enter, understand and progress in the world of work through legislative advocacy, establishing standards and guidelines, showcasing best practices and networking.

jobNational Job Corps Association- NJCA's mission is to unite the Job Corps community through activities and services that strengthen the program for the benefit of students, staff, and employers. Membership benefits include networking opportunities, training and educational forums, advocacy, and extensive communications.

jobNational Leadership Institute for Workforce Excellence - The Institute is dedicated to building the leadership capacity of its key customers-state and local Workforce Investment Boards and their executive staff. It promotes and provides access to a wide array of practical leadership tools, resources and best practices.

jobNational Workforce Association - The National Workforce Association is a membership organization dedicated to strengthening the nation's workforce development system. Formerly called the National Association of County Training and Employment Professionals, NWA is one of the largest of over 23 affiliates with NACo (National Association of Counties).  NWA's goal is to: provide expertise and input to federal, state and local elected officials to enable them to make sound policy decisions about the workforce system and promote innovation and excellent performance in locally based workforce programs through conferences, training sessions, publications and peer-to-peer exchanges.

jobProfessional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches

jobProfessional Coaches and Mentors Association - PCMA was founded by coaches and mentors based on mutual support, learning and sharing. Members have long shown unselfishness as they generously assist each other. In fact, many guests to our chapter meetings have commented on the unique spirit of help and support shown by our members to both colleagues and guests.

jobPublic/Private Ventures - Public/Private Ventures is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs and community initiatives, especially as they affect youth and young adults. In carrying out this mission, P/PV works with philanthropies, the public and business sectors, and nonprofit organizations.

jobThe Resource Partnership - The goal of the Resource Partnership is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities through employment, while providing a highly professional service to the business community.. The Resource Partnership assists individuals with a wide range of abilities, and disabilities, to obtain, maintain and advance in employment, consistent with their skill sets and qualifications and needs of the current labor market. Additionally, the Resource Partnership assists companies to develop and implement practical and effective disability employment practices. We offer an array of professional consulting services in the areas of recruitment, retention, outplacement, education/training, and business-to-business networking.

jobUniversity of Washington Center for Workforce Development - The Center for Workforce Development (CWD) at the University of Washington focuses on diversity through research, evaluations, and programmatic initiatives in higher education and the workforce. CWD meets the challenges of the emerging workforce: recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities.

jobThe Workforce Alliance - The Alliance is a network of local workforce development experts: employers, training providers and local officials charged with preparing workers for skilled jobs in cities and states throughout the country.

jobWorking for America -The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) is a union-sponsored, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating good jobs and building strong communities. WAI has made significant progress in articulating a vision of a high road economy—an economy that competes in today’s global marketplace on the basis of innovation, quality and skill rather than on low wages and benefits. The “high road” is the path the Institute believes America must take to ensure that economic growth benefits workers, employers and their communities—not just the bottom line. Working with labor leaders, employers, community activists, government officials, educators and workforce development professionals, the Institute has become a national leader in helping create high road partnerships—relationships in which workers obtain higher skills and better pay, employers become more successful and communities become better places in which to live and wor

jobWorldwide Association of Business Coaches - The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) is a Professional Association dedicated exclusively to Business Coaching, WABC's mission is to develop, advance and promote the emerging profession of business coaching, worldwide.


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