Creating an Account

To access AJL's full range of job search options, build or upload your resume, and apply for jobs, you need to create a job seeker account. Creating a job seeker account is free and allows you to take full advantage of AJL's recruitment and labor information services. With a job seeker account you can post resumes, search the AJL database containing thousands of job postings, save a job search profile for future use, and more. This section will walk you through the steps required to create a job seeker account, and explain how to edit or update your account information. The Job Seekers page available from the AJL home page lists the advantages of creating an AJL job seeker account, and provides a button to begin the job seeker account creation process.

Quick Start Guide

Click to view full-screen video in new window: Creating a Job Seeker Account

Self-Service vs. Staff-Assisted

AJL gives you the choice among managing your own job search activities (self-service), seeking assistance from a workforce professional at your local American Job Center (staff-assisted), or a combination of both. You can use AJL to perform a quick job search without creating an account. However, you cannot view the job details or apply for the job until you have registered for an account, and depending on your state, created a resume.

Even if you choose to begin by creating a self-service account, you can contact your local job center for assistance at any time. Job center staff are trained to guide you through exploring your career interests, creating a resume, registering for job training, contacting a potential employer, and more. To locate the job center nearest you, above the top navigation menu of any AJL page, click Contact Us.

Creating a Job Seeker Account

  1. On the AJL home page, click Log In/Register, then click Job Seeker.
  2. The Job Seekers page displays. Under Create a Profile, click the Create a Job Seeker Account button.
  3. The Create Job Seeker Account page displays. Complete the following questions on the Create Job Seeker Account page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Review the Terms of Agreement page.
    1. If you agree to the Data Privacy Notice and Equal Opportunity Statement sections, leave I Accept selected. For you to proceed, “I Accept” must be selected.
    2. Carefully read the Authorization for Release of Information section and select all of the statements that apply. You are not required to select any of the statements.
    3. To verify your selections, type your username and password and click Continue.
  • The following instructions apply to the demographics information collected during your registration. Some of the following pages may not display, depending on how you answer questions (e.g., If you answer that you are not a veteran, you will not see the Veteran Service Status or Veteran Service Details pages). Additional questions may display, depending on how you answer the existing questions. Also, questions that are not listed here may display, depending on your state.

Registration Information

The Registration Information page is partially pre-filled with information you provided in the Create Job Seeker Account page.

  1. Complete the Registration Information page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  2. Click Next.
    1. If you answer Yes to the active duty question, the Veteran Service Status page displays.
    2. If you answer Yesto the veteran spouse question, the Veteran Spouse Information page displays.
    3. If you answer No to both the active duty and veteran spouse questions, the Veteran Spouse Information page displays, with only one question.

Veteran Service

The following instructions apply to the Veteran pages. You may or may not see these pages, depending on how you answer questions, specifically the active duty question in Registration Information. If you have served in the U.S. military, you will also see different sets of questions depending on your service end date and character of discharge (Honorable or Other): Service End Date in the Past, Service End Date in the Future, or Service End Date Less Than 180 Days from Start Date.

  1. Complete the following questions on the veterans pages, as applicable. To view details, click the expandable table links below.
  2. Click Next. The Veteran Spouse Information page will display.

Veteran Spouse Information

The following instructions apply to the Veteran Spouse Information page. You may or may not see this page, depending on how you answer questions, specifically the veteran spouse question in Registration Information. All clients, regardless of veteran spouse status, will see one veteran spouse question: "Are you the spouse or other family caregiver of a wounded, ill, or injured active duty service member?"

  1. Complete the following questions on the Veteran Spouse Information page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  2. Click Next. The Migrant or Seasonal Farmworker Status page displays.

Migrant or Seasonal Farmworker

After answering any veteran questions, the Migrant or Seasonal Farmworker Status page displays. Migrant workers engaged in certain types of seasonal agricultural work may qualify for additional services. If you think you are a migrant or seasonal farmworker, the Migrant or Seasonal Farmworker Details page displays.

  1. Complete the Migrant or Seasonal Farmworker pages. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  2. Click Next. The Employment Status page displays.

Employment Status

The Employment Status pages provide information about your current employment situation.

  1. Complete the following questions on the Employment Status page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  2. Click Next. The Unemployment Insurance Status page displays.

Unemployment Insurance Status

The Unemployment Insurance Status page determines if you have been collecting unemployment insurance.

  1. Complete the following questions on the Unemployment Insurance Status page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
  2. Click Next.
    1. If you are male and born on or after January 1, 1960, or if you selected "Prefer not to answer" to the Sex question in Registration Information, the Selective Service page displays.
    2. If you are female, or a male who was born before January 1, 1960, the Eligibility to Work in the U.S. page displays.

Selective Service

The Selective Service page determines if you are registered for selective service. This page displays if you are a male and born on or after January 1, 1960.

  1. Select whether you have registered with the Selective service. If you have not, click the link to register online; this will open the Selective Service System Online Registration website in a new window.
  2. If you are exempt, fill out the Reason for Exemption text box.
  3. Click Next. The Work Eligibility page displays.

Work Eligibility

The Eligibility to Work in the U.S. page signifies if you are eligible to work in the United States.

  1. Complete the following questions on the Eligibility to Work in the U.S. page
  2. Click Next. The Dislocated Worker Status page displays.

Dislocated Worker

After the Work Eligibility page, the first Dislocated Worker page displays. You may see fewer questions than those listed below, based on how you've answered previous questions.

  1. Complete the Dislocated Worker Status page. Read the options and select the one that applies to you:
    • (a) My employer laid me off or provided notice of layoff because they are reducing their workforce; (b) my employer provided notice of termination; or (c) I am unemployed because I received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. military.
    • My employer laid me off or provided notice of layoff because of a permanent closing or major layoff.
    • My employer made a general announcement that the business will close within 180 days.
    • My employer made a general announcement that the business will close, but did not name a date.
    • I was self-employed, but am now unemployed because of the economy or a natural disaster in my community.
    • I am a displaced homemaker having difficulty finding or improving employment. (A displaced homemaker has lost the income of a family member that they depended on. This also includes dependent spouses of active duty service members with greatly reduced income due to deployment, call to active duty, change of station, or a death or disability connected to military service.)
    • My spouse is an active duty armed forces member and I've lost my job due to relocating for their change in duty station.
    • My spouse is an active duty armed forces member and I'm having trouble finding or improving employment.
    • I am unemployed because of military closures or realignments.
    • I am an armed forces member (or the spouse of an active duty armed forces member) looking for work and training in an area where these services are not readily available due to demand.
    • I am unemployed because of an emergency or natural disaster of national significance that could cause a large loss of employment as declared or recognized by a federal agency.
    • I am unemployed because of an emergency or disaster that caused many workers to relocate.
    • I am unemployed due to multiple layoffs in my community.
    • I am unemployed due to an emergency or natural disaster that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared eligible for public assistance.
    • None of the above.
  2. Click Next.
    1. If you selected None of the Above, the Work Wanted page displays.
    2. If you selected any of the dislocated worker status options, you will see additional questions on the Dislocated Worker Details page. The answer you select on the Dislocated Worker Status page determines what questions display and what questions are required on the Dislocated Worker Details page. To view details, click the expandable table link below.
    • If you click Employer Lookup to identify your layoff employer, the Search for WARN listings page displays. Enter any information about your company and click Search. The WARN Company Search page displays any results. Click the name of your layoff employer. The WARN Information page displays. Click Select. The name of the employer populates in the Dislocated Worker Details page. If you cannot find your employer, leave the Select Employer field blank.
  3. Click Next. The Work Wanted page displays.

Work Wanted

The Work Wanted page asks you to provide information about the type of job you are looking for (your "target job"). This information will help the system and workforce center staff match you more accurately with available jobs. If you are looking for more than one type of job, you can create additional resumes for those positions in the Resume Builder. For now, just select the primary job you're interested in.

  1. To complete the Work Wanted section:
    1. Type the job you are looking for, or (if you are not currently looking for work) a job title you have held in the past. A drop-down list may display as you type to help you provide a more specific job title. A more specific job title will result in better job matches. You may select a suggestion from the drop-down or continue typing.
    2. Click Update Work Wanted. The Select Occupation page displays.
    3. Click the occupation that most closely matches the job you are seeking. If none of the occupations are a good match or if no occupations are displayed, click Go Back to enter a different job title.

Demographic Information Overview

After completing the Work Wanted page, the Demographic Information page displays all of the selections you made and the information you provided.

  1. Review the information carefully for accuracy.
    1. To edit any selections, click the title of the section.
  2. When you are satisfied that all of your information is accurate, at the bottom of the Review & Edit page, click Continue. Your job seeker account is now complete.
    1. If your state requires job seekers to create a resume as part of AJL registration, the New Resume page displays. For further instructions, see Creating a Resume.
    2. If your state does not require you to create a resume as part of AJL registration, your home page displays.