Berks County Domestic Relations Section
Work Search Program
The Berks County Domestic Relations Section has an Employment Counseling Specialist on staff to assist unemployed clients. This staff member conducts scheduled work search conferences with unemployed clients. Clients' efforts in searching for employment are reviewed and referrals to resources, workshops and any appropriate job openings are made by the Employment Counseling Specialist. Guidance is also provided to those clients who may have barriers to employment such as transportation issues, criminal background, etc.
When clients are scheduled for a work search conference, a "work search packet" is provided to them. This packet consists of information on the work search program, job search employment forms, Careerlink information, a listing of local temporary agencies, and a weekly help wanted packet. Clients can also access the "Employment Opportunities" link on our website to view current job openings reported to us or any possible recruitment/job fairs that have been brought to our attention.
Through our website, clients have the ability to report new employment, loss of employment, and contact the Employment Counseling Specialist directly through email. Clients also have access to the Careerlink website and links to additional helpful information and upcoming events.
What should I do prior to my scheduled work search conference?
Prior to appearing for your scheduled conference, clients must register with at least 5 temporary agencies, register with their local Careerlink (create a resume and apply for available positions), and apply/contact minimum of 5 employers daily while keeping records.
What should I bring to my scheduled work search conference?
Clients must bring a copy of their most recent resume, completed job search forms, yellow Careerlink registration card, and their completed job assessment form. Clients are expected to be prompt and prepared for their work search conference. Failure to appear or cooperate with the work search program may result in further establishment or enforcement action.
What should I do if I gain employment prior to my scheduled work search conference?
If you secure employment prior to your work search conference, you must contact the Employment Counseling Specialist at 610-478-2900 extension 5880 to report the employment. Once the employment is verified, the conference may be cancelled.
Job Search Employment Form
Work Search Telephone Appointment Instructions and Forms
Work Search Information for Out of County Clients
Work Search Information for Out of State/ Out of County Clients