Jobs and Careers

Career Information

See also links to adult/continuing and vocational education information and college planning on the library's education page in addition to more career resources.
  • CareerOneStop
    Provides a central resource from which you can explore different careers; learn or enhance your resume and interview techniques; compare salary information; search for jobs; find education and training; or locate federal and state offices for training, economic or job-searching assistance. From the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

  • O*NET OnLine
    Explore careers with the Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network database. Search for information by keyword, employment category or industry; by skills, tools or technologies used; or by codes or titles defined by existing classification systems such as the military or standard occupational classification systems. Special search tools suggest careers to match a job searchers' interests and training, assist veterans in their after-service career search or highlight jobs in the green economy.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Detailed information on hundreds of occupations. Each job entry describes the job, the work environment, how to enter the occupation, pay, job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for further information. Also available in Spanish.

  • Today's Military
    Learn about the career opportunities available through military service. From the US Department of Defense. Also available in Spanish.

  • Virginia Career View
    A great way for students in grades K-8 to explore their future career options. Virginia View uses brief descriptions, statistics, videos and interactive games to teach kids about a variety of occupations. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

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Job Hunting

For preparation materials for specific career licensing exams or civil service and military tests, and for career assessment tools and resources that help develop resume writing, interviewing and networking skills, see the library's career resources.

Search for the latest job openings on the following job boards, search engines and lists:

    • Career and Industry Specific

      • — Jobs by Industry
        A host of links to narrowly-focused job sites, organized by industry.

      • Education

          Provides links to faculty, administrative and executive positions in higher education. Search by keyword, location, job category, type of position or institution type. Create a free account to post a resume or curriculum vitae, receive new jobs listings by e-mail and more.

          The goal of the Campaign is "to recruit the next generation of great teachers into America’s classrooms." In addition to a job search feature, the site offers to outline a personalized pathway to becoming a teacher, provides information on scholarships and financial aid, and includes a blog with articles relevant to entering and succeeding in the teaching profession. A public-private partnership between the US Department of Education, Microsoft and State Farm.

          Locate nationwide teaching, administrative and service jobs in public and private educational settings. Free registration is required.

      • Healthcare

        • Health Callings
          Search for jobs in the areas of allied health, executive/professional, laboratory, nursing, pharmacy, physician, and support staff careers. You can also post your resume, sign up for job alerts or view career news and advice.

        • HealthCareerWeb
          Find opportunities in nursing, allied health, physician, administrative or support staff positions.

      • Law and Law Enforcement

        • LawEnforcementJobs
          Lists law enforcement jobs from around the country, which can be browsed by state, region or type of position.

        • Lawmatch
          Full-time, part-time and contract positions for attorneys, paralegals, students and support staff in the legal profession. Searchable by job function, practice setting, state and keyword.

      • Technology

        • Dice
          Search for tech jobs by keyword, skill, job title, employment type, location and more. Save your search and receive updates via email or RSS feed.

    • Government

    • International

    • Local Area

      See also nationwide.
    • Nationwide

  • People with Disabilities
    • — Where to Look for a Job
      Links to search engines, job boards, and other resources for finding employment opportunities.

    • Job Accommodation Network — Ask JAN for Individuals
      Ask JAN is a free service from the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Department of Labor. Their guide for job seekers provides information and resources that can be used to find the right job.

    • WorkSupport
      This site contains useful articles on finding and retaining employment. WorkSupport is a project of Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

  • Students
      A site listing summer and seasonal job opportunities in national parks, resorts, amusement parks and more. Most jobs are aimed at students age 18 or older, but other opportunities are listed as well.

    • Employment Laws for Teens

      • Child Labor Law FAQs
        Answers to some commonly-asked questions on child labor laws. From the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

      • YouthRules!
        "Everything you need to know to work." A comprehensive site on federal and state employment law for teens published by the US Department of Labor. It outlines restrictions on age, hours, types of jobs and more.

      Search for internships in the United States by city, radius from your zip code, paid or unpaid position, full or part-time hours, college major and other criteria. The site also provides resources to help you learn more about internships and how to search for them, interview successfully and thrive on the job.

      Browse for opportunities under the category "student jobs" or "teen jobs" and filter the results by location.

      Find summer or seasonal jobs locally or abroad.

      Career center for teens in high school and college. A free, basic membership is required to view jobs in your local area.

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  • CareerOneStop Salary Information
    Covers more than 800 different occupations. Salary information can be refined to the state or zip code level.

  • National Compensation Survey — Wages
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides wage data "by occupation for the nation, regions, states and many metropolitan areas."

    Look up what people in a given field are making, by zip code, including detailed descriptions of the responsibilities at different pay levels.

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Unemployment, Termination and Labor Law

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Do Something
    Here's a place where young people can get involved in or learn to create their own volunteer service projects to help make a real impact on the issues they care about.

  • Senior Corps
    Senior Corps matches adults age 55 and over with volunteer opportunities. Programs include the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) and the Senior Companion Program.

  • United We Serve
    Locate volunteer opportunities in your community by searching by category of interest, keyword and/or zip code. is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Volunteer Fairfax
    This private, nonprofit organization provides a database of current volunteer opportunities. The site includes a special Just for Youth section, which provides access to the online editions of Volunteer Fairfax's Directory of Youth Service Opportunities.

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  • VolunteerMatch
    Adults, teens, kids and groups can find volunteer opportunities by entering a city, town or zip code.

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