How do I find a job?

Finding a job you like, or any job for that matter, can be difficult. Read the classified ads in your local newspaper, attend job fairs, watch for “help wanted” signs, and tell friends and neighbors that you are looking for a job. The Virginia Employment Commission (http://www.vec.virginia.gov/) has resources to help you find a job, or you can use the …

How can I improve my chances of getting a job?

An employer’s first impression of you is extremely important. Dress neatly and appropriately. Reconsider wearing non-traditional jewelry (such as jewelry associated with body-piercings) and wearing clothing that reveals tattoos, etc. to a job interview or when you file a job application because this could lead your potential employer to form a wrong impression about you. Arrive for your job interview …

When I apply for a job can my potential employer review my social media listings?

Yes. Today, many employers when considering hiring prospective employees scan the various social media websites to determine if the applicant has a presence on those websites and, if so, what the page says about the applicant. You therefore should clean up your social media pages to remove any images or content that you believe might give an employer concern about …

Do I have a right to sick days, personal days, and vacation days?

You need to ask your prospective employer whether you are entitled to sick days, personal days, and vacation days. There is no law that guarantees you such paid days off. If you work for an employer with fifty or more employees, and you have worked long enough to qualify, the Family and Medical Leave Act entitles you to up to …

What if my employer fails to pay me?

You can file a wage claim with the US Department of Labor or the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Labor and Employment Law.

For what reasons may I be fired?

If no employment contract exists, an employee may be fired for any reason except one prohibited by law such as age, race, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or disability. If an employment contract exists, the language of the contract will dictate the terms for dismissal. Where no specified time is fixed determining the duration of the employment, it is presumed to …