Many of us are struggling with how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our workplaces, and how that in turn affects our daily lives. Here is a list of resources that we hope you’ll find helpful.
Resources for Job Seekers
MassHire for Job Seekers MassHire creates trust and reliability by connecting job seekers across the Commonwealth to quality education, skills training, and employment opportunities.
Register for a Career Center Seminar (CCS) You can attend a Career Center Seminar at any of the MassHire Career Centers across the state. You do not have to be unemployed to use these services.
Unemployment If you’re unemployed in Massachusetts, you may be eligible for resources to help you get back on your feet. Employers can also find information about the contributions they must make by law for their employees.
Professional Training & Career Development Learn about professional training opportunities that can help further your career.
Lynda.com A library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications). Courses are delivered by expert instructors, feature searchable transcripts and Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to LinkedIn.
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Great for startups, established businesses, and business students alike. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers A collection of career guides and industry journals. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commisioners.
Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep Learn about careers, receive personalized career recommendations, create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs, explore schools and training programs, and get advice to help find a job or advance your career.
COVID-19 Employment Resources
Massachusetts COVID-19 Unemployment Information. The official state web page contains information about unemployment benefits, temporary workplace shutdowns, worker’s compensation and more.
How to apply for unemployment benefits. An additional state web page explaining the process in detail.
Unemployment Insurance. The state Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) oversees this program.
U.S. Department of Labor’s Coronavirus Resources. General information about workplace safety, wages, leave time, unemployment insurance, and more.
U.S. Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the American Workplace. Fact sheets, Q&A and posters about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The CARES Act. This U.S. Treasury page breaks down the recently passed CARES Act, which provides economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses.
Ask a Manager’s Work and COVID-19 Information. Alison Green answers your questions about the new unemployment law, sick leave, what’s reasonable for managers to expect of parents working from home, and more.
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources. From the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Paycheck Protection Program. An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Disaster Loan Applications. Small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, including an advance of up to $10,000, from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce has a COVID-19 resources page, including a Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Businesses Guide and Checklist.
Our Westford Job Seekers group is meeting on Zoom during the pandemic.
Food, Housing & Health Insurance Resources
Massachusetts Health Connector has extended its health insurance enrollment period through May 25, 2020 for qualified Massachusetts residents who are uninsured.
The Westford Food Pantry provides services for emergency, short and long-term needs for quality fresh and dry foods along with personal care and household items.
Mortgage Payment Relief is available for unemployed homeowners under the CARES Act.
Resources for renters can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.