Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers

Employment assistance and information for workers and job seekers impacted by the COVID 19 crisis in Alexandria.

Page updated on Oct 19, 2020 at 4:01 PM

Virtual Hiring and Meet the Employer Events


JOB-TOBER: Northern Virginia Virtual Career Fair |  October 22 | 2-6 p.m. This free job fair is a regional effort by Virginia Career Works Alexandria/Arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the Virginia Employment Commission. Job seekers will have the opportunity to talk with Northern Virginia employers via chat and video in the areas of food preparation, sales, office and administrative support, transportation and material moving, personal care and healthcare, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, technology, construction and extraction and more. Job seekers can also upload resumes and apply for jobs. The event will also give employers the opportunity to meet thousands of talented Northern Virginia job seekers and download their resumes, too. Job seekers wanting to attend must register. Employers interested in participating must register by October 16. Instructional videos on the registration process are available to both job seekers and employers at the registration links.

Job Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workforce Development Center is offering many of its services by phone and online. While workshops, hiring events and access to the Resource Center are suspended, we continue to operate under regular business hours. Learn more about and access WDC programs and services by calling 703.746.5990 or take advantage of our virtual services, including:

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Free Job Readiness and Essential Skills Workshops and Career Coaching

Job seekers and workers can enhance their job readiness through free WDC workshops and webinars on topics like virtual job searching, interviewing and resume building. Access a calendar and register for upcoming workshops online. WDC staff also provide one-on-one job coaching to support you in your job search and career development. Call 703.746.5990 or email to learn more. Learn more about other services and support available from WDC.

Skill Up

SkillUp® Alexandria City & Arlington County: Get Access to More Than 5,000 Free Online Training Courses

The SkillUp® Alexandria City & Arlington County initiative is available to help residents take charge of their futures and get back to work. Designed with input from regional employers, the initiative provides recently laid-off workers as well as those who are employed and looking to change or advance in their careers free and unlimited access to more than 5,000 high-quality, Skillsoft online training courses for 180 days; the courses, used by many Fortune 500 companies, are presented in English and Spanish. The initiative enables workers to demonstrate the kind of initiative employers are looking for by upgrading their skills during this challenging time even while most bricks-and-mortar education and training providers remain closed. Courses include:

  • Customer Service; Quick Books
  • Microsoft Office; Adobe
  • Analytical Skills; Data Management/Reporting
  • Time Management; Leadership Skills
  • Health & Safety; First Aid
  • Digital Literacy; Working Remotely
  • And many more skill tracks

  To review the course catalog and to get your free online learning license, visit

Northern Virginia Airports Rapid Response Layoff Services

Has your employment affected by the reduction of air travel in the U.S.? Were you laid off or furloughed from your employer affiliated with Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport? Are you interested in skills development and training programs to find new employment opportunities? This Virginia Career Works - Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council program can help. Email or call 703.746.5990 for more information. View a flyer about the program.

Who Qualifies for Rapid Response Layoff Services:

  • Individuals laid-off or furloughed due to the reduction in air travel and associated industries;
  • Individuals who reside in the Northern Virginia region (counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington, and the cities within); and
  • Those interested in building their skills for new employment opportunities.

COVID-19 Impact

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced air travel across the nation and regionally, affecting Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports. Affiliated industries and employers that are dependent on air travel, such as car rental companies, airport restaurants, airport stores, and adjacent hotels and lodging, have also been impacted.

Virginia Career Works (VCW) – Northern and the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council can provide no-cost employment assistance to meet your unique needs.

Employment Assistance Services Include:

  • FREE Job Training with Approved Training Providers
  • Paid Work Experiences
  • Career Coaching
  • Resume Writing Assistance
  • Job Readiness Workshops
  • Online Job Fairs
  • Virtual Training
  • Financial Coaching

Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

If you have been totally or partially separated from your job, or you were self-employed and your work was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, go to for information on eligibility for Unemployment Insurance and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) or call 866.832.2363, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A flowchart is also available to help provide additional information about applying for these programs. Citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for unemployment insurance or PUA.

  • Unemployment Insurance. On April 7, Virginia announced expansions in the VEC Unemployment Insurance program as a result of the Federal CARES Act, which provides increased benefits for workers collecting unemployment insurance by $600 for claims effective March 29 until July 31. Payments to eligible claimants will be retroactive and will be made automatically in conjunction with weekly claims. You can apply by visiting or
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In addition, new benefits for previously uncovered workers were announced. Affected workers, like the self-employed, 1099 or gig workers, who are not eligible under traditional unemployment insurance may be eligible under this new federal program. View a checklist that provides more information about COVID-19 scenarios that are covered under this program. To be eligible for PUA, workers must first apply through traditional unemployment by visiting or vawc.virginia.govLearn more about PUA. 

Office of Governor Ralph Northam
COVID-19 FAQ for Workers | Spanish

Frequently asked questions for workers from the Office of Governor Ralph Northam that provides guidance on a range of topics, including the stimulus payment, unemployment, relief for self-employed and contractors, information for caregivers of family members with the coronavirus and more.

Other Resources

Resources to Meet Basic Needs: The City and its partners are working together to provide information and resources that may offer some level of support, security and stability for families in need due to the impacts of the coronavirus COVID-19. Learn about and access services to meet basic needs, such as food assistance, rent assistance, and healthcare childcare, or call Department of Community and Human Services Customer Relations Team at 703.746.5700 for assistance.

Coping Resources
: Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress.

For Updates

 For updates and additional information on resources for employers and job seekers, follow the Workforce Development Center on:

 For the latest information about COVID-19, visit