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 Nov 23, 2020 at 12:29 PM

Virtual Hiring and Meet the Employer Events

NV Virtual Job Fair December 2020

Northern Virginia Virtual Job Fair | December 3, 2020 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register for the Northern Virginia Job Fair, a great way to meet employers via chat and video from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Opportunities include building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, office and administrative support, food preparation, personal care and healthcare, sales, technology and transportation. Video instructions for navigating the virtual career event is available at the registration link. Register now!


Meet the Employer - ACPS

Meet the Employer - Alexandria City Public Schools | December 10 | 2-6 p.m.
Register and attend a free online event for job seekers on Thursday, December 10, 2-6 p.m. Attendees will meet representatives from various departments with Alexandria City Public Schools and learn about immediate openings for teachers, administrators, support staff and more. Learn more about the event and how to register.


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:

  • Website: Access and learn more about programs and services that serve a wide range of skill levels and experience
  • Labor Market & Career Assessment Information: Find careers that best fit your background and explore job requirements, earnings and opportunities.
  • WDC Job Board:  Access the latest job opportunities, like those below, and post a resume. Download the flyer to access the links in the image below.

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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 wdc@alexandriava.gov to learn more. Learn more about other services and support available from WDC.


Re-Employing Virginians (REV)

Through Re-Employing Virginians (REV), a new state initiative to help Virginians enroll in a workforce or community college program to pursue training in high demand fields, residents can apply for one-time scholarships of $3,000 to register in qualifying full-time workforce program or $1,500 to register part-time or in a short-term, noncredit training program in five essential industries, including health care, information technology, skilled trades, public safety and early childhood education.

Applicants must be Virginia residents and: 

  • Filed a claim for unemployment benefits on or after August 1, 2020.

  • Lost a fulltime job due to COVID-19 and currently earn less than $15 per hour -OR- lost a full-time job because COVID-19 caused an employer to close or reduce staffing, and now working in a part-time job that pays less than $15 per hour.

  • Interested in pursuing training or classes in a high-demand area: Early Childhood Education, Health-care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Skilled Trades.

The enrollment deadline is December 14, 2020. Download or view a flyer about the initiative. Learn more about the program and apply at Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria. The Workforce Development Center can assist with the application process. Call 703.746.5990 or email wdc@alexandriava.gov


FastForward Virginia

Through FastForward Virginia, a Virginia Ready initiative, residents can receive two-thirds of the cost of tuition for a wide range of credential programs offered through Virginia’s Community Colleges in the healthcare, technology and skilled trades industries. Most programs take 6-12 weeks and are flexible so that students can work while attending. Residents can also earn a $1,000 Credential Achievement Award and the opportunity to apply for open positions at the VA Ready Jobs Board. Download or view a flyer about the program.

The Workforce Development Center can assist with the application process. Call 703.746.5990 or email wdc@alexandriava.gov


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 alexandriaarlington.skillupamerica.org.


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 wdc@alexandriava.gov 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 vec.virginia.gov/unemployed 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 vec.virginia.gov or vawc.virginia.gov.
  • 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  vec.virginia.gov 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 alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus



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