Looking for a job? The Virginia Beach Public Library has many job and career resources, including job listings, help with résumés and interviews, books and articles, and computer classes. On this page, you will find resources to assist you with the following:
Your valid, full service Virginia Beach Public Library card will be required to access some resources listed on this page. When asked, enter your library card number with a capital D and without spaces.
Career Discovery & Job Skills
Check out books and DVDs on career development and occupations in the Library's catalog. Then try these online resources:
CareerOneStop - Wage and Salary Information
: Career information including market trends, wage and salary statistics, and entrance requirements for a variety of occupations. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Learning Express Library
: This great resource offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, e-books, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
Rosetta Stone: Access Rosetta Stone courses for 30 different languages, free with your library card. An app is available for iOS and Android devices. After downloading the app, select Enterprise and Education Learners and type in VBPL.The Occupational Handbook Online
: Information on training and education, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state, and more.
Workforce Development Center
The dedicated and professional staff at Opportunity, Inc. can connect job seekers, employers and youth to a wide range of employment resources.
Workforce development professionals can find labor market information, explore best practices and access legislative updates at the local, state and national levels.
Check out books and DVDs on job hunting in the Library's catalog. Then, explore job search sites on the Internet. Employers advertise jobs online in a variety of ways.
Company websites - If you are interested in working at a specific company, look on their website for current job listings.
Local and national job website - Whether you searching locally or nationally, you will find a large variety of job openings on these types of websites. You might want to try one of these:
AARP Job Search - For people age 50 or over.
VetJobs - For veterans with military service.
Virginia Beach Career and Volunteer Opportunities: The W.A.V.E. - Web Application for Virginia Beach Employment. This site lists employment and volunteer opportunities with the City and contains an online application.
Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Check out books and DVDs on resume writing
and cover letters
in the library's catalog. You'll also want to try these online resources:e-Book Collection by EBSCO
; (formerly NetLibrary) nonfiction titles covering a broad range of topics.
General Reference Center Gold
: Write a winning resume and develop interview skills while discovering the current news in the many fields including business and industry. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images.
NetLibrary: See e-Book Collection by EBSCO Interview Preparation
Check out books and DVDs on employment interviewing
in the Library's catalog. You might want to search for how-to tips in magazines and newspapers.
Magazines and NewspapersRegional Business News
: Get regional news that you can use from business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
: Full-text local and national newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Newport News Daily Press, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the Raleigh News and Observer.
Business Plans Handbook
: A collection of useful business plans created by entrepreneurs seeking start up funds. These plans are from businesses in manufacturing, retail and services industries.
Business Source Elite
: Available from EBSCOWeb, this business database provides full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 450 peer-reviewed business publications. The rich collections of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.
: Combines a variety of information, including how-to topics in e-commerce and directory listings of companies, services, associations, and government agencies related to e-commerce, to provide the most relevant information.
Encyclopedia of Small Business
: Entrepreneurs will gain how-to information that they can apply to their own business including financing, financial planning, business plan creation, market analysis, sales strategy, tax planning, human resource issues and more.
Info Trac OneFile
: A one-stop source for news and magazine articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily.
: Provides full text, abstracts and indexing for reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural magazines. Updated daily.
Research Specific Companies or Industries
: A bibliographic database providing information on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
: Find information on global equity fundamentals, equity pricing, corporate actions and fixed income. You'll find detailed financial information for U.S. public and non-public companies as well as municipal bond issuers and corporate bonds, dividends, actions and unit investment trusts.
: Use this resource to search for companies in the United States. Basic searches include size, location and type. You can do custom searches that include ownership, financial data and more. You'll find extensive company information including telephone numbers and industry profiles.
Small Business Reference Center
: Use this resource to learn about business basics such as starting a company, operations management, sales and more. Search by business areas and find information by business types.
Classes and Self-Paced Learning
Computer Classes: Find upcoming computer classes by browsing or searching the Library's online calendar
. Filter your search by selecting "classes" event type, "adult" audience type and typing computer in the search event box. Check out RSS feeds for adult classes
: The Virginia Beach Public Library provides access to computer classes, online reference resources, and self-paced learning. Study basic web design, Microsoft Word and Excel as well as other courses. Search this information from home. See the links for Self-Paced Learning for classes in Access, eBay, blogging and many other related subjects.