Employment & Career Development

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Peterson's Career Prep

Create a resume, take career assessment, or view advice about career changing, interviews, salary negotiations, transitioning from the military to the workforce and more.

Virginia Workforce Connection

The official site for employment in Virginia. File an unemployment claim, search for a job, seek training or upload your resume for potential employeers.

Security Tips

  • Never use a job source that wants money from you.
  • Be careful about Work from Home ads. They could be scams to get your personal information or to get your money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Hotels and travel agencies sometimes use Work from Home agents. Go to their website and look for those employment opportunities.

Using Job Titles & Qualifications

  • Be broad and check the job descriptions. Just because you call yourself a construction worker doesn’t mean a handyman job wouldn’t suit you. If you find a job ad that fits, look for other similar jobs using those words.
  • Look at the ad and customize your resume to match the words they used in the description. You might be in customer service, but if they are asking for a front desk technician, use that term instead.
  • If the ad calls for a specific degree or license/certification, don’t bother applying if you don’t have it.

Job Search Tutorials

The GCFLearnFree.org program provides free tutorials on job search strategies, resume writing, job applications, interview skills and many technology subjects.

Online Tools for Job Searching

This is a large list of web-based tools from the Department of Labor that provide resources for unemployed workers, job seekers and career counseling professionals.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, provided as a free service of the Writing Lab. The OWL resources will help you compose an effective resume for your job search.  Includes resources on page design, as well as resources on tailoring your resume for specific employers. 

Virginia Career Works

An employment resource for job seekers and employers. VCW hosts virtual workshops for creating resumes, cover letters, job searching, networking, and preparing for interviews.

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