Overcoming Challenges

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes we run into challenges that can stop us in our tracks, but there is help!


Do you believe your Education or Training Level is affecting your ability to move up in the world?

If you are interested in seeking work that requires higher levels of education there are a multitude of opportunities to get necessary credentials through Bakersfield Adult School, Community Colleges, and Universities in Kern County.

Is English your Second Language?

Here are some helpful support services for job seekers who might struggle with language barriers in their job search.

Do you have Gaps in your Work History?

  • Here are some tips to help you explain them and provide justification.
  • Here are more guidelines to help you move successfully through any interview when addressing gaps.

Are you struggling with a Physical, Mental, or Emotional Disability that you think is affecting your ability to work?

There are lots of work options that could be a perfect fit for you.

Are you concerned your Criminal History may be a roadblock to employment?

  • Check out Career One Stop’s Information about your rights regarding Employment Background Checks.
  • The Library of Congress has compiled informative and helpful Employment Resources for justice-involved individuals to support their re-entry into the workforce.

Do you have other Barriers to Self-Sufficiency in the form of family dynamics, behavioral challenges, self-care, or personal well-being?

Are you former Military Personnel or a Veteran seeking support in your civilian re-entry process?

There are many support systems you can obtain due to your military service and/or veteran status.

Are you experiencing Discrimination in your job application process?

Is Transportation a problem for you?

Did you know there are a variety of transportation services that serve areas all across Kern County and beyond?

Are you experiencing Financial Difficulties that are affecting certain aspects of you or your family’s lives?

Community Action Partnership of Kern’s (CAPK) 2-1-1 Kern County connects callers with information and referral specialists who can help refer them to a variety of services in Kern County.

  • 2-1-1 Kern County helps low-income residents with transportation options, as well as providing ways to pursue educational goals, secure and retain employment, maintain adequate housing, access medical services, obtain utility bill payment subsidies and residential weatherization assistance, contract hunger and food insecurity, obtain childcare and preschool education, and engage in personal and family development opportunities to build and achieve individual and family self-sufficiency.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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