Job Seekers
Looking for a job?
Considering a career change?

If you are looking for a job or are considering a career change, OhioMeansJobs Allen County works directly with employers to find qualified candidates. We will connect you with resources for training or skills enhancement, career information, provide one-on-one job search assistance and much more.

Click Here to view the Job Seeker Brochure

how we can help
Job Searching
  • One-on-One Career Consultant
  • Career information
  • Job searching
  • Cover Letter and Resume Writing
  • Workshops
  • Mock interviewing
  • Our job board – see the jobs available in the area! There are so many more opportunities…come inside the Job Center and we can talk!

We can assist you individually with your resume in our Job Center, but you can also go to Sample Resumes to research different types of resumes for options for you and your job search.

Employment Resources
  • Free access to computers, internet, telephone, fax and copy machine
  • Connections with other agencies
  • Free workshops
  • Aspire – FREE services for individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment
  • GED-General Equivalency Diploma
  • Career Counseling, Skill Upgrading, Job Readiness Programs
  • Labor Market Information
Salary Information

Ohio Labor Market Information 

Find current employment, projections, and wages by industry and occupation, occupational profiles, and career information.

Education & Training

Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), we can help fund eligible job seekers with educational programs or on-the-job training to prepare them for in-demand careers. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and supportive services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Training is provided by the educational institutions approved by the state of Ohio.  The WIOA program is NOT an entitlement program and all participants must meet the eligibility and suitability criteria before Individual Training Account (ITA) services can be issued.   To see if you are eligible, you can review the Orientation slides, fill out the forms below completely, and call (419) 999-0360 to schedule an informational appointment with a Career Consultant. Call 419-999-0360 to set up an appointment.

In addition, special funding for training and education is available to dislocated workers who have lost their job through layoffs, plant closings or foreign competition.

Prevention, Retention, and Contingency

The Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC) program helps families residing in Allen County overcome immediate employment-related barriers. The goal is to help families achieve or maintain self-sufficiency. Ultimately, the program lessens the need for ongoing public assistance, by ensuring that the adults of the families stay employed.  Services are provided to prevent families from reliance on Ohio Works First cash assistance. PRC services are also provided to help people retain employment. Contingency services are provided to meet a presenting need which, if not satisfied, threatens the safety, health or well being of one or more minor members of the family.

View Services herePRC services can assist individuals with work uniforms, work boots, transportation and more!

What type of assistance is available? 

Click here to view the most recent version of the Allen County Job and Family Services PRC Plan for a complete listing of available assistance and limitations.

How can I apply for PRC services?

Complete the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency Application and return to OhioMeansJobs Allen County by email at or apply in person at 951 Commerce Pkwy, Lima, OH 45804.

Please also click here to complete the Self Attestation Form.


Employment Incentive Program

What is it? 

The mission of the Allen County Employment Incentives Program is to emphasize the importance of employment, personal and community responsibility, and family support.  Tiered financial incentives will be awarded to participants based on work-performance benchmarks to encourage them to transition into full-time employment.  These financial work incentives will help aid employed participants in becoming self-sufficient as they experience reductions in their public assistance benefits, also known as the “benefit bridge.”

How it works:

Apply: Potential participant will complete a PRC application in our Job Center.

Career Consultant: Once application is completed, an appointment will be scheduled to meet with a Job Coach to discuss requirements, eligibility and to review monthly budget.


  • Working full-time
  • TANF eligible – Family income at or below 200% or currently receiving food or cash assistance of the federal poverty level (see chart)
  • 18 years or older and has a minor child in the household or a non-custodial parent (at or below 200% FPL), has a minor child who resides in Ohio, has an active child support order, and is actively participating in an OhioMeansJobs Allen County program.
  • Once enrolled, participants will be assigned to a Career Consultant to have regular contact with for support and guidance.  The financial incentives also include PRC services such as crisis-orientated benefits and on-going services to assist with emergent needs and balance reductions in public assistance benefits.
    PRC services can assist with:

    • Transportation
    • Training or education to upgrade skills
    • Work uniforms
    • Safety equipment and tools
    • Rent or utilities
    • Car repairs, car insurance, car payment or car down payment

Start earning your incentives: Tiered financial incentives will be awarded to the participants portfolio based on work-performance benchmarks:

For every month, up to 18 consecutive months, that participant successfully maintains full-time, uninterrupted employment, a one-time predetermined financial incentive will be added to participants portfolio based upon the provided chart (see below).

Receive portfolio payout: Once participant has maintained employment for 18 consecutive months, they can receive their $3,000 incentive payout.  Participant can access a portion sooner if an emergent need arises not covered under the PRC plan.

Career Exploration
  • Career Exploration Resources
  • Occupational Search provides access to occupational information, including worker attributes, job characteristics and links to other online career information resources.
  • Career Profile is a place to answer questions about the type of work you might enjoy and will suggest careers that match your interests and training.
  • Occupational Videos in which you will find videos about some of the specific occupations in that particular industry.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
  • O*NET® Career Exploration ToolsThe O*NET® team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. 
Employment Transportation

To apply for employment transportation, click here.  Additional information for Employment Transportation and eligibility requirements can be found in the Prevention, Retention and Contingency Funds section.

For questions, contact us at 419-999-0224 for additional information.

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"Theran Carroll did an amazing job helping me find a position I was happy with! Hes been helping me since April, and I would recommend him to anyone! He is not pushy, and never once told me to lower my expectations...he always encourage me and was there every single time I had a question!" -- Courtney
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--Carmen Marie Reed
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--Natasha Gordon (excerpts from Letter to Editor, The Lima News)
Thank you for all your help in keeping me posted of possible job openings, helping me with my resume and mock interviewing. You and the crew at Ohio Means Jobs are the best!
--Anonymous Job Seeker
You are wonderful at your jobs and I truly want you to know that I didn’t land this job alone. By means of your time, encouragement and assistance with helping me to have a better understanding of what I was going to face when I had my true interview is what gave me the confidence that made things go more smoothly! Mark this as another one of your success stories! I am truly blessed!

--Jennifer James
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--Anonymous Job Seeker