Career Information

​​​​How to Apply

Using the WAVE - Web Application for Virginia Beach Employment - applicants will apply online via​​ the Internet at  WA​VE (provided by the City of Virginia Beach in association with Taleo) is available 24/7 at any computer with internet access. 

Assistance will be available in the Human Resources Applicant Office (located in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Building 18-Room 106, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-9056) during the following days/times:  Tuesday and Thursday, from 9a.m. to  The Applicant Office will remain open with two computers available for use Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m.  If assistance is needed outside the Tuesday/Thursday hours, please make an appointment by calling (757) 385-4157; please select "Option 9".   Applicants may also use the computers at any of our Virginia Beach Public Libraries.

Once you submit your application you can check the status of the position by logging back into WAVE.

​General Application Information

Applications are accepted for the City of Virginia Beach for positions that are currently vacant. Please note - applications that are incomplete, received after the closing date, or that do not meet the minimum position requirements, will not be given further consideration for the position.

  • ​NOTE TO ALL USERS:  In this new system, advertised job posts close at 12:01 AM on the date posted closing date.  Therefore, applications must be completed online and submitted by midnight on the day before the posted closing date. Applications will not be accepted via fax, email, or hard copy.
  • It is the policy of the City of Virginia Beach that applicants and current City employees shall be afforded equal opportunity in the various aspects of personnel management without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, disabilities, sex, sexual orientation, or age.
  • The City of Virginia Beach considers education and experience to be interchangeable in determining whether applicants meet minimum qualifications for positions advertised (e.g. a B.A. or B.S. degree equals four years of experience; a M.A. or M.S. degree equals six years of experience) provided the education or experience listed provides the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for that position as listed in the official job description.
  • Copies of transcripts and professional certifications may be required at the time of application. 
  • As a condition of employment, some positions may require a medical and/or psychological evaluation. In accordance with the City of Virginia Beach Substance Abuse Policy, the medical evaluation may include drug screening.

​Application Completion

The online application is used to obtain information about an individual's education and experience. From the submitted application, the Department of Human Resources will determine if an applicant meets the required minimum qualifications for a position and if his/her education and experience relates to the position for which the individual is applying.

It is in the applicant's best interest to complete the application thoroughly and to describe his/her qualifications in their entirety. When applying for a City position, please consider the following:

  • ​Make note of the position for which you are applying as well as the closing date for the position.
  • Review the online application and decide what information you will need to complete it. Follow all instructions carefully.
  • Prior to completing the application, organize your thoughts and information. Make notes on positions you have held and on the job duties and responsibilities of those positions.
  • Type the information that is requested on the application, referring to your notes or resume. Resumes may be included as supplemental information to the application. Never leave a blank space. Write 'not applicable' if necessary.
  • Organize and fill in your educational experience in the Education History section. Complete all information requested from all colleges or schools attended. OFFICIAL college transcripts will be required if hired.
  • Complete the Licenses/Certification section as applicable and the Driver’s License Section.  Copies of licenses and certifications are required when hired.
  • In the Employment History section, be sure to include all full-time, part-time and/or seasonal work experience. Volunteer experience is recorded in the Volunteer History section. 
  • Fill in the Computer Skills section as applicable to your experience and skill level.. 
  • Attaching documents to supplement the application is acceptable.  An applicant can attach a resume and 6 additional documents that may be needed to support the application information.  Such supplemental items may include professional license, certifications, DD 214 or transcripts when required for the position, 

​Application Processing

​​​Applications are initially reviewed by representatives of the Human Resources Department to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position. It is very importa​nt for an applicant to be as specific and detailed as possible when completing the application since this is the only source of information the reviewer has. All qualified applicants will be evaluated according to their knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the specific position. The candidates that meet the minimum qualification of the position will be referred to the hiring department for consideration.

Interviews are generally scheduled by the hiring manager and are conducted by the supervisor of the position or by a selection panel. The time frame involved in the application review and interview process varies with each position. It may take only a few weeks or it may take four weeks or longer, in some instances, for interviews to be conducted and a job offer made. Applicants will receive emails as position statuses are updated.

​If you are chosen for a position, you will be receiving further communications from our onboarding system requiring a Social Security Card, picture I.D. and proof of your eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. We will also obtain authorization for a criminal background check and record your fingerprints.​

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