At the national level, websites such as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics from entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
Virginia Department of Workforce Development
1111 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
The state has a career development system called the Virginia Workforce Network (www.vawc.virginia.gov/vosnet) that brings together businesses, educational institutions and state agencies to connect job seekers to opportunities that help them develop their careers. Individuals receive support, education and training that prepare them for jobs.
Virginia Employment Commission
703 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
This site offers not just job postings but also career information, training opportunities, skill requirements and labor market data such as wages, and industry and occupational trends.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia offers an online employment and resource center for people looking for job opportunities with state government. The easy-to-use website allows users to search for jobs by category, department or location and then apply online.
The Virginian-Pilot’s Career Connection
A section on this site keeps up with current job fairs as well as job listings.
This service promises to email nearby job listings to you as they become available.
6467 Main St.
Gloucester, VA 23061
Gloucester County does not accept paper applications. It provides job postings online with salaries and an employment application guide to steer users through the process.
Isle of Wight County
17090 Monument Circle
Isle of Wight, VA 23397
Openings are posted at this website; click on “Employment Opportunities” and follow instructions to review job postings and to apply online. The website also provides a “Related Websites” link for more job resources.
James City County
101 Mounts Bay Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
This career center site provides a link to job openings and to benefits and compensation.
120 Alexander Hamilton Blvd.
Yorktown, VA 23690
This site walks applicants through the process, start to finish, for searching for job postings and applying online.
City of Chesapeake
306 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
The city of Chesapeake provides a jobs posting and a link to create an online application.
City of Franklin
207 W. Second Ave.
Franklin, VA 23851
The city of Franklin provides a link to job postings and online applications as well as a Workforce Development Center.
City of Hampton
22 Lincoln St.
Hampton, VA 23669
Some jobs here are open to all and others only to city employees.
City of Newport News
2400 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607
Newport News’ online library describes every city job available.
City of Norfolk
810 Union St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Norfolk lists its jobs alphabetically from accounting to zoo.
City of Poquoson
500 City Hall Ave.
Poquoson, VA 23662
When openings come up, they’re posted on this city website.
City of Portsmouth
801 Crawford St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Job line 757-398-0682
These postings are updated every week.
City of Suffolk
442 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
Go to the bottom of the page and click on “employment opportunities” to see what’s available.
City of Virginia Beach
2401 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
The website offers job opportunities with the city, including a link for military personnel seeking employment and the city’s policy for employees called up for active duty.
City of Williamsburg
401 Lafayette St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Application forms can be downloaded, completed and returned electronically. The website provides a link to job postings with the city that include salary ranges.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 23 for a list of chambers of commerce in Hampton Roads.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have different resumes that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be very, very aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter as well as the quick-response email will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.