Re-employment services office to open in Richmond

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - News if you're looking for a job. There's a new place in Richmond that can help you spruce up your resume. It can also connect you to potential employers.

The Virginia Employment Commission will open a Re-employ Virginia office right here in Richmond. The goal is simple: to help get folks back to work.

Located on the corner of West Marshall and Summit is the state's newest Re-employ Virginia office. Although doors will officially open Thursday morning, folks like Berkeley Perez Junior are already showing up in need of help. Perez lost his job in January.

"I look for jobs every day, even on Sundays. It's been very slow and difficult," said Perez.

Perez hopes Re-employ Virginia can help him sharpen skills to secure work.

"We'll conduct workshops where we will focus on employment skills, resume, dressing for success, the 30 second commercial, filling out job applications and different things like that," said Antoinette Archer.

Employees at the center will also provide assistance with the Virginia Workforce Connection -- that's the site where employers can post job openings and job seekers can register and find suitable jobs.

"The employers can go on and view resumes and determine whether or not if they're interested in those people," Archer said.

Reemploy Virginia centers are stationed through the state but the Virginia Employment Commission says one is needed in Richmond because the unemployment rate - which stands at 7.7 percent in the Richmond metro area, that's slightly higher than the state unemployment rate which is 6.6 percent.

"People utilizing this service can be unemployed, employed, part time, you can register -- some of us just want to change careers," Archer said.

As for Perez - he's hopeful.

"You just got to maintain and make sure you stay persistent," he said.

Anyone can use the Re-employ Virginia center it is free. When you do show up to register for the service you will need proof of your social security number.

The new re-employment center is located at 3100 west Marshall Street in Richmond. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, except for Wednesday, when it opens at 9:30. You can also find out more about Re-employ Virginia by clicking here. 

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