Even in times like these, there are indeed businesses in our region that are looking for qualified workers. If you are on the job hunt, try this page for leads on crafting a good résumé, polishing your interview skills, and, most importantly, finding a job.
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We've reviewed some Web sites that will help you in your search and preparation. Browse the categories below.
Live coaches [available 2:00-11:00 pm daily] help users strategically target jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications, work on interview skills, and craft effective résumés and cover letters. Includes 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources. Requires a CRRL library card for access.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
A good choice for career planning. Gives descriptions, working conditions, employment projections, training required, earnings, and more. Created by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Find application forms, identify scholarships. Use test-prep ebooks. Practice Civil Service, EMS, firefighter, military, real estate and many more exams. Requires a CRRL library card for access.
Design a Résumé
The Complete Guide to Résumé Writing
"Free help from a professional résumé writer" - Articles on general points of résumé writing as well as specific kinds of résumés: student, career change, functional, and executive. This site also discusses cover letters and includes access to a free résumé writing e-course. Created by BlueSkyResumes.
Rappahannock Goodwill Job Help Centers
For those with and without disabilities, Goodwill provides free training in basic keyboarding and computer use, application writing, effective interviewing, and résumé & cover letter preparation. The Goodwill Community Foundation created a web site that offers online basic computer training at GCFLearnFree.org. The training is free; just create your personal registration and begin learning the skills you need to compete in today's job market.
Résumé Books at the Library
Check out one of our many books on résumé writing. You will need a CRRL card to reserve or borrow our books.
Look for a Job
America's Job Bank
Now featuring a ReEmployment Portal which links directly to One-Stop Career Centers, unemployment benefits and health care, state job banks, and places to get education and training. Its Service Locator links to services for older workers, literacy programs, and more. Has sections for military transition, résumés & interviews, and career
exploration. Created by The U.S. Department of Labor
Leading newspapers and corporations post jobs available nationwide. Build an online résumé and take career tests.
Free Lance-Star Employment Advertisements
Updated daily, Monday through Friday, the Free-Lance Star newspaper covers the Rappahannock region. Includes a link to JobFetch.com, "the premier LOCAL recruitment online tool serving Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas."
A source of non-profit job listings for administrative staff and professional positions nationwide. Requires free registration.
Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job
Gather your friends, circle the online wagons, and try this fresh approach to job seeking.
United States Office of Personnel Management: OPM
USA Jobs links to the official site for federal government job listings. It is possible to apply for jobs online with an interactive form. Has a special section for veterans and uniformed service personnel and includes opportunities for summer employment.
Search by job description, location or agency for state positions in a variety of fields. These are state jobs, and many have state benefits. Created by the Department of Human Resource Management. Their Links to Other Resources includes the link to the Virginia Employment Commission.
Work with Local Government
City of Fredericksburg Employment Opportunities
Check the Web site for specific directions on applying for jobs.
Spotsylvania County Job Openings
Create an employment account and apply online for openings.
Stafford County Employment
Look here for jobs with the county, its public school system, the regional jail, or the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Westmoreland County Employment Opportunities
Jobs available with Westmoreland County are posted here.
Prepare for the Interview
Books at the Library on Interviewing
Check out one of our books on the finer points of having a great interview. You will need a CRRL card to reserve or borrow our books.
Interview tips, interview questions and answers, interview preparation and etiquette, and post interview thank you letters.