Tips for Clients

  • Tips for Clients in the Job Placement Process

On this page, you will find information about partnering with your local One-Stop Center, tips and videos for interview preparation, and resources for resume writing.

One-Stop Centers

In addition to helping students prepare for interviews, write resumes, and strengthen their academic skills, soft skills, and vocational skills, contact your local One-Stop Center about their job placement resources and business partners; they may have direct relationships with employers who can work with your clients.

One-Stop centers provide resources for job searching and improving professional skills. Sixty-five centers are open across Virginia. Use this document to find a One-Stop Center close to you; it lists both Comprehensive and Affiliate sites. Both types of sites provide self-service job search assistance and referrals; however, comprehensive sites also offer individualized career services and on-site access to partner program services.

In preparation for job placement, engage employers by asking…

A. Questions for Career Coaches to Ask Employers / Businesses

  • What are persistent skill gaps and why?
  • What are your check in systems with your employee?
  • What long-term resources do you anticipate are needed to ensure employee success?
  • Do you feel the employee has positively impacted your business?
  • Have you partnered with employers to identify and develop career pathways
  • What are effective ways to develop or strengthen this working relationship? (Ask questions to set up systems for feedback.)

B. Questions for Job Seekers to Ask Employers 

  •      What skills are needed to perform this job successfully?
  • What are skills that I can learn while on the job?

Student Demonstration Video: Interview Do’s and Don’t’s

This video was produced in 2012 by a PluggedInVA Customer Care/Information Technology cohort in Buchanan County as part of their capstone project.

The students demonstrate both good and not-so-good interview behaviors. In addition to providing useful information for job seekers, this is also an example of an integrated project for students to work on as part of a workforce preparation course.

Interviews: Tips on Getting the Job

The resources below contain tips for job seekers, including lists of things to say and things they should avoiding saying during interviews. 

How to Convince Employers You’re the One (When You’re not Convinced Yourself), The Muse

Seven Reasons Employers Will Hire You, The Undercover Recruiter

Five Ways to Make An Employer Want to Hire You, Business 2 Community

Top 10 Employers Want to Hire You, CNN

How to Get Employers to Give You a Chance in an Industry Where You Have no Experience, Workopolis

Resume Writing Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), Resume Workshop

This résumé workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé. The Purdue OWL also maintains résumé quick tips resources and a résumé PowerPoint slide presentation. Please visit those resources for shorter discussions of the resume.

Monster, Resume Writing Help

Need resume help? Our complete library of resume writing tips has all the information you’ll need about resume basics like style, length and formats. Also, find resume advice for specific industries and career levels, as well as tips on how to avoid typical resume mistakes, deal with common resume dilemmas and more.