From the Library
Job Help Center at the Howell Branch: Rappahannock Goodwill Industries and the Library have partnered to open a Job Help Center at Howell Branch. Work with a trained volunteer for up to 10 sessions to prepare a resume and cover letter, learn how to search and apply for jobs, and learn effective interviewing techniques.
The Job Help Center is open by appointment. Please call the Howell Research Desk at 540-372-1144 ext. 7446 to schedule an appointment.
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCFLearning)
Improve your career skills by taking one of the online classes or tutorials offered at GCFLearnFree.org. This Goodwill Community Foundation site has classes for computer skills, literacy and math skills—and all are free. Visit to see the wide range of tutorials on computer basics, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, and more. There are some mobile apps on offer, so you can learn on the go!
View the class catalog for the broad range of online classes. You can learn on your own time and at your own pace. All classes are completely free and will earn you accredited Continuing Education Units and a certificate of completion. In addition, the career section will help you with career planning, job searching, resume writing, interview skills, and job success.
- 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.
- O*NET Resource Center: Developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor, this database of occupation-specific descriptors also contains an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations as well as assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
- 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. In addition to the rich array of test prep guidelines, the Testing and Education Reference Center includes career/vocational school search guide, a resume builder, ACT WorkKeys, and the Virtual Career Library. The Virtual Career Library includes a number of short study modules to learn how to find a new career, land the job, and thrive in your new position.
- Virginia Job Outlook: Occupations projected to have the highest number of openings along with expected salaries broken down by educational attainment.
Looking for a Job
- Career OneStop: Now featuring a ReEmployment Portal which links directly to unemployment benefits and health care, state job banks, and places to get education and training. The 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.
- CareerBuilder: 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.
- Glassdoor, An Inside Look at Jobs & Companies: Millions of jobs from thousands of sources — all in one place. Plus, millions of community members have shared their salaries and experiences to help you make better job decisions.
- Idealist.org: Look for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities worldwide. Requires free registration.
- Jobfetch.com: The premier LOCAL recruitment online tool serving Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.
- LinkedIn: Social networking for professionals. Create your profile, network with colleagues, and search for jobs.
- 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.
- Virginia Jobs: 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.
- Virginia Workforce Center: A one-stop destination providing local businesses and all citizens with employment, job training, and support services, including unemployment insurance filing, resume assistance, career coaching, credential and certificate training programs, and job help for seniors, youth, veterans, and those with disabilities.
- Washington Post Jobs (WaPo Jobs): Washington Post Jobs lists over 20,000 searchable job openings. Explore the Career Advice section for help with interviewing, salary negotiation, and much more. Register to sign up for job alerts, and upload your resume so that employers can match you to openings.
- ZipRecruiter: ZipRecruiter is a free job search website that uses matching technology to simplify and optimize the job-finding process.
Work with the Local Government
- Spotsylvania County Job Openings
- Stafford County Employment
- Westmoreland County Employment Opportunities
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.
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. In addition to the rich array of test prep guidelines, the Testing and Education Reference Center includes career/vocational school search guide, a resume builder, ACT WorkKeys, and the Virtual Career Library. The Virtual Career Library includes a number of short study modules to learn how to find a new career, land the job, and thrive in your new position.
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.