April 10, 2023

Five Steps to Help Veterans Get Hired by the City of Virginia Beach

You’ve served your country. Why not serve a sunny, coastal community?
HR Analyst and Veteran Elda Soriano

Pictured: Army veteran Elda Soriano, currently serving the City of Virginia Beach in the Department of Human Resources

Serving miles of adventure-ready coastline, the City of Virginia Beach offers veterans an opportunity to continue a mission-focused career while putting down roots.

Our employees don’t just serve here—they grow here. Last year, more than 900 City of Virginia Beach employees were promoted in title and compensation.

Making the move from military service to civilian employment may feel complicated—but it doesn’t have to. These five easy steps can simplify the road to getting hired by the City of Virginia Beach, where you can begin a meaningful new career that will never ask you to PCS.

Share your veteran status

The City of Virginia Beach values the real-world experience, technical training and leadership skills you earned during your military service. That’s why our hiring process makes veterans more competitive and gives them an advantage. To get veterans’ preference when you apply for one of our jobs, make sure to share your veteran status so you can benefit from this advantage, too.

Set up job alerts

If there’s a position you’re excited about that isn’t currently posted, it’s easy to set up job alerts. As soon as a position with your search criteria is open, you’ll receive an email notifying you.

To set up job alerts, head to our listing of available positions. Enter your search criteria, then click on the bell by “Set a Job Alert.” Submit your email address, and you’ll be the first to hear when new opportunities arise.

Translate those military terms

It’s well known that the military uses loads of acronyms and terms that aren’t familiar to civilians. When you’re tailoring your resume for one of our positions, make sure to translate your military skills into everyday language. We don’t want our hiring team to overlook any of your work experience.

Get hands-on experience through Skillbridge

If you’re about to separate from the military, a Skillbridge fellowship through Hire Vets Now provides an opportunity to try out another career that interests you before committing to it. The City of Virginia Beach is continually growing our fellowship opportunities. To learn more about how you can get this valuable hands-on experience, attend one of our virtual Q & A’s.

Talk to our recruiters

Whether you have questions about a specific job description or the interview process, speaking directly with a recruiter is a great way to get those questions answered. The City of Virginia Beach has two ways to do that—virtually and in person.

The Human Resources Department offers a virtual Q & A every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. All you have to do is reserve a spot.

A great way to connect with a recruiter in person is to attend a job fair. We often attend job fairs with Hire Vets Now, RecruitMilitary and other career development organizations. Occasionally we even host our own career fair. To learn where we’ll be next, follow us on LinkedIn.

Whether we link up virtually or in person, we can’t wait to meet you!

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