JOB SEEKERS

LET US HELP YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Job Search Support, Training & Assistance

We provide the workforce with pathways to well-paid, satisfying careers that maintain their quality of life in Southwest Virginia.

Your Connection for Careers & Training Resources

EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES & ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

Let us help you find a job, the training resources you need,
and assistance to support the important details in between like
transportation, housing, childcare, recovery support, and more.

Staff are Here to Support You and Your Family

Debi Hutchinson

SWVA Works
Programs Manager

Tiffany Petrey

Workforce Specialist - Lee and Scott Counties

Robyn Davis

Workforce Specialist - Wise County & City of Norton

Stephanie Edwards

Workforce Specialist - Dickenson County

Mike Elswick

Workforce Specialist - Buchanan County

Lisa Hubbard

Workforce Specialist - Tazewell County

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Workforce Specialist - Russell County

Lisa Baker

R.O.P.E.S.
Program Manager

Rita Perkins

R.O.P.E.S.
Program Assistant

Sharon Kitts

R.O.P.E.S. Program
Employment Specialist
Tazewell/Russell County

Jason Pruitt

R.O.P.E.S. Program
Employment Specialist
Lee/Scott/Wise County and Norton City

Melena Lester

R.O.P.E.S. Program
Employment Specialist
Dickenson/
Buchanan County

VIRGINIA CAREER WORKS

Top Opportunities in Southwest Virginia

Each Friday, we provide job openings provided by both the Richlands and Wise Virginia Employment Commission locations on our Southwest VA Works Facebook page.  We also share regional job openings and hiring events there throughout the week.  Like and Follow us at facebook.com/swva.works.7/

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU FIND A JOB
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ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

One-On-One Assistance

Virginia’s Career Works Center is here to help. Whether you never had a job, want a different kind of job, or are somewhere in between, we have services and staff to assist you.

Virginia’s Career Works Centers are open to all job seekers. We provide computers for job searching, assistance with resume building and skills assessments. Staff can assist with identifying needs and making connections for additional services.

Online Resources

The Virginia Workforce Connection is the statewide workforce website that contains job listings, unemployment information, veteran resources, and more!

You can access Virginia Workforce Connection by clicking here. Select “Not Registered” to create a user account.

Need more help? Call our comprehensive center in Richlands at 276-963-2660 or our affiliate center in Wise at 276-325-7314 for questions you may have. 

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YOUNG ADULT OPPORTUNITIES

Find opportunities to get your future started in the right direction with Southwest Virginia Career Works.

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DISABLED WORKERS

Find a wide range of employment, training, and career education
program services with DARS.

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OLDER WORKERS

Find job training, gain work experiences, and overcome unemployment with our help.

A STEP AHEAD

Funded by the United Way of Southwest Virginia

Have you lost your job in childcare, hospitality, or the restaurant industry? The A Step Ahead program can offer support as you get your career back on track.

CARS PROGRAMS

Providing Vehicles for Work & Training

Is not having a car to commute to work or job training is an obstacle for you? If you are a resident of Dickenson or Tazewell County, Cars Programs are available to help you get on the road and back to work!

LET'S TRAIN INITIATIVE

Thompson Charitable Foundation

You can afford to take a skills training program. This grant funded initiative provides living expense stipends to un- or underemployed individuals in Buchanan and Tazewell Counties who are enrolled in short-term training.

R.O.P.E.S. Program REENTRY AND RECOVERY

Program is Available to Individuals Across the Region

Are you in recovery or reentering the workforce after incarceration and need assistance to get back to work? The ReEngagement Opportunities and Pathways to Employment Success (R.O.P.E.S.) Program can help.

HIRING VETERANS

Supporting Transitions Back into the Civilian World

Access job referral and matching services, job development, job training, and career readiness skills and more.

ADULT, DISLOCATED WORKER, AND YOUTH PROGRAMS

WIOA

This program can help you access employment, education, training, and the support services you need to get your career on track.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Equal Opportunity Notice

Every single job applicant has Federal rights for equal opportunity. Familiarize yourself with the policy that prevents discrimination.

Working together to build a stronger workforce