Assistance for Workers and Job Seekers
Upcoming Hiring Events and Information Sessions
- Access the Workforce Development Centers calendar and register for upcoming Alexandria Virginia Employment Events.
- For information on the Virginia Employment Commission Job Fairs: VEC Upcoming Job Fairs.
Work-Based Learning Program
The City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center's Work-based Learning Program provides a three-month educational real-life work experience where you can apply your knowledge and skills to help increase your employment opportunities. Participants are paid an hourly stipend during the program, the minimum rate is $15/hour.
Get involved and learn how to apply as a candidate or business in The Workforce Development Centers Work-Based Learning Program.
Weekly Updated Job Opportunities
Each week, the Workforce Development Center posts flyers with the latest job opportunities--access the flyers below! Or check out the WDC Job Board for the opportunities highlighted in the flyers and more!
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted May 9)
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted May 2)
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted Apr. 26)
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted Apr. 18)
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted Apr. 12)
Featured Jobs Flyer (Posted Apr. 4)
Business spotlight gives us the chance to promote opportunities for job seekers from industry partners.
- Extended Stay America: Immediate Hiring Every Friday at 11 a.m. EST via Zoom (Posted Apr. 28)
Amazon: Virtual Hiring Event Every Friday at 2 p.m. EST (Posted Apr. 28)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Learn more about other services and support available from WDC
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.
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.
All Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) unemployment compensation programs, including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs, are extended through March 14. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program will provide an additional $300 per week for regular Unemployment Insurance, PUA and PEUC participants, which will be added to weeks claimed beginning with the week ending January 2 and will continue to pay through March 14 for eligible claims. Visit the Virginia Employment Commission COVID-19 web page for complete details of these updates.
- VEC 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.gov. Learn more about PUA.
- How to File Your Initial Unemployment Claim : A video by the Virginia Employment Commission
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.
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.
- Coping with COVID-19 Fear and Uncertainty English | Amharic | Arabic | Spanish
- Coping with COVID-19 Fear and Uncertainty - Resources for Parents and Children English | Amharic | Arabic | Spanish
- COVID-19 Wellness Resource Guide - A wide range of resources for individuals, parents, children, families and responders.
Workforce Development Center Resources and Services
The Workforce Development Center offers many of its services by phone and online. Learn more about and access WDC programs and services by calling 703.746.5990, emailing email@example.com 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
- Website: Access and learn more about programs and services offered at no cost to businesses, including job placement, recruitment, labor market information and certified Business Services Specialists to assist in workforce planning.
- WDC Job Board: Learn about open positions, post resumes and find your ideal job
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For the latest information about COVID-19, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.