Resources for Employers
The Greater Richmond Partnership works closely with local jurisdictions, along with regional and state agencies, to deliver a wide array of services for existing businesses, new and expanding firms, and for entrepreneurs. This page provides links to highly-qualified experts in employee recruitment, workforce training and development.
The Greater Richmond Partnership
Whether you are an existing business in the greater Richmond area or a company considering moving to the region, the Greater Richmond Partnership is an ideal place to start. Representing the City of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico Counties, the Partnership’s mission is to grow the region’s economy through the attraction of high quality jobs and new capital investment, the retention of existing businesses and the continued improvement of the region’s business climate.
Services for Existing Business
Business First Greater Richmond is a program aimed at supporting the growth and retention of businesses in our community. Starting with a face-to-face interview, the program seeks to quickly connect area firms to the resources they need to succeed. The Business First team is comprised of economic development professionals with area government and experts in international trade, finance, workforce development and general business practices.
Since late 2006, more than 1000 business have participated. Both growing businesses and those facing challenges have been helped by the program. Business First Greater Richmond has helped to support more than $43 million in new investment and the creation or retention of more than 600 jobs in our community.
Services for Relocating Business
If your firm is considering starting an operation or bringing a significant new function to the region, the Greater Richmond Partnership can help. For 18 years Partnership staff has been providing no-cost, quality and confidential site location assistance, delivering customized reports on the region using information relevant to specific industries and acting as a single point of contact to a network of private sector and state and local government professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.grpva.com.
Resources for Entrepreneurs
The Partnership is an active supporter of entrepreneurs through a partnership with the Greater Richmond Chamber and its Small Business Development Center. The Center offers low cost seminars and consulting services to start ups and small businesses in the region. In addition, the Partnership produces a series of DVDs with everything you need to start a business in the Richmond region.
If you are an individual considering starting your own business, please check the Start a Business section of this site to access the resources described above or simply contact the Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center at 804-783-9314 or visit http://www.grsbdc.com/.
Employers needing support in the areas of workforce recruitment, retention and training area encouraged to contact the Partnership to connect with a wide variety of resources and labor market information specific to their industry. The Partnership can help you connect with the right candidates whether you’re looking to fill one position or 1,000 as well as provide businesses with information about available incentive programs that may benefit your business and offset the costs associated with training and recruiting.
RichmondJobNet is a new key initiative of the Partnership and employers are encouraged to contact us with questions, ideas or information they want to share with job seekers in the Greater Richmond Region.
Other Workforce Related Resources for Employers
Greater Richmond Workforce Services Directory
Look no further for any and all things human resource related. The Greater Richmond Workforce Services Directory is a comprehensive resource designed for recruitment professionals and human resource staff. It includes over 1,000 service providers who directly impact employer strategies for building and retaining a skilled workforce. GRWorkforce.com is a searchable online database that provides direct links to each resource as well as advice columns focusing on subjects such as e-media and immigration.
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is the Commonwealth's economic development agency for entrepreneurs, existing businesses, financing programs, and workforce incentives. Qualifying businesses may be eligible for recruitment and training assistance.
The purpose of RESOURCE and the Capital Area Workforce Center is to increase private sector employment opportunities and to ensure the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business and industry in the Richmond region. Three centers in the region can help businesses with employment and training needs by offering services and information to help meet a variety of employment challenges.
Employers may post their jobs and receive qualified applicant referrals for no fee. Other services include applicant screening, conducting specialized recruitment projects for employers and providing interview space. RESOURCE prides itself on connecting employers to a diverse applicant pool and providing information on state and federal tax credit programs and helping to address issues related to immigration.
Companies who are downsizing are also encouraged to contact the Center to inquire about transitional support and job search services for their employees.
The Virginia Employment Commission
The VEC provides a wide variety of no-fee services to employers, including exposure to job vacancies, recruitment assistance, labor market information, tax credit information, and many more. Employers may post jobs for free, review resumes of registered candidates and manage those candidates online. In addition, the site features a comprehensive listing of other resources of interest to employers.
Community College Workforce Alliance
The Community College Workforce Alliance is a regional partnership between J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, custom-designed instruction, skills assessments, consulting and educational programs in three convenient locations, in virtual classrooms and at the jobsites of many local employers.
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College and University Career Centers
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College offers many services and resources to help employers. Employment opportunities are posted on the Reynolds website where individuals can view local full- and part-time job listings and internships as well as send electronic resumes via their employment website, College Central Network Services.
These services are available to students, alumni, community residents and employers. Resume critiquing, mock interviews, and workshops are also available to assist job seekers with the job hunting process. Additionally, local employers can recruit students on J. Sargeant Reynolds campuses by contacting the staff of the Career, Employment and Transfer Center at (804) 523-5061.
John Tyler Community College welcomes job postings from individuals, businesses, and industries. Employers may mail, fax, hand deliver, or email job announcements. The announcements will be posted on campus bulletin boards and placed in job binders at the front desk in our Counseling offices. Arrangements can be made for employers to interview applicants on campus.
For more information, contact Michelle D. Tindall, Director of Counseling and Student Success Services at (804) 706-5228.
The Center for Personal and Career Development at Randolph-Macon College is committed to offering services which meet employers’ needs, as well as those of students and alumni. Staff is able to serve as a bridge between business organizations and R-MC’s strong candidates.
The Center offers the following services and benefits for employers:
- Smaller enrollment allows staff to work individually with employers and R-MC’s students. Services are customized to aid each employer.
- The Edge4YellowJackets allows employers to post job and internship opportunities for students directly to the database.
- The R-MC Alumni Group on LinkedIn features a job board which allows R-MC to post opportunities for alumni.
- The career center sponsors on-campus information tables, sessions, and presentations.
- On-campus recruitment and interviewing can be coordinated at your convenience.
- Academic, paid, and volunteer internships through the Bassett Internship Program serve as an excellent recruitment tool and afford an opportunity for businesses to undertake desired projects at little or no cost, and with little risk.
- Employers are welcomed to participate in Etiquette Dinners, the Mock Interview Program, networking events and many other programs to connect with students.
- Annual Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fairs are centered on full-time, part-time, and seasonal job and internship opportunities and are designed to offer students and employers an opportunity to come face-to-face.
For questions on how to take advantage of any of these services, please contact Cathy Rollman, Director, Career Services at 804-752-3103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Commonwealth University has three career centers which can help employers connect with talented, qualified students and alumni: the VCU School of Business Career Center, the VCU School of Engineering Career Center, and the University Career Center.
Employers can post career-related opportunities on VCU’s on-line job posting, RamsRecruiting. There is no charge for this service. Employers receive a username and password and are able to access RamsRecruiting to submit their postings. Postings include jobs, internships, and co-ops and can be either full-time or part-time. The University Career Center posts jobs for all three career centers.
Candidates for positions can be interviewed at VCU in our private interview rooms. Parking is provided for employers in our parking deck. On-campus interviews for all three centers are arranged by the University Career Center. Please contact the Recruitment Coordinator, at 828-2216 for further information.
The career centers also host various career events such as career fairs, mock interviews, and informational presentations. Employers often participate in these special events, which give students the tools they need to be successful in their career pursuits. The University-wide Spring Career & Internship Fair, the largest job fair event held by VCU, is open to all majors, though historically medicine, health professional fields and education majors do not attend. Approximately 450 students are expected to attend the 2012 event, which will be held February 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Student Commons. To participate, please contact Haley Sims at email@example.com.
The University Career Center has developed partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, private industries, small businesses and nonprofit organizations to place students in an internship or Co-op experience that is related to their major. If an employer is interested in developing an Internships or Co-op relationship with VCU, they should contact one of the Career Centers for further information.
For questions or assistance with any of the programs offered, contact the University Career Center at (804) 828-1645, the School of Business Career Center at (804) 827-1801, or the School of Engineering Career Center at (804) 827-7028.
The University of Richmond provides multiple avenues to connect business with talented students and alumni. Through on-campus and online recruiting programs, the Office of Alumni and Career Services will partner with companies to meet their specific recruitment and hiring needs. Outlined below are various ways to recruit Richmond Spiders:
- Employers can announce upcoming positions by posting them in U of R’s recruiting database system, SpiderConnect. Students and alumni have access to SpiderConnect, where they can review and apply for employment and internship opportunities.
- Businesses are encouraged to attend one of the many industry expos, participate in on-campus interviewing and career development programs, or host an information session. Find more here: http://cdc.richmond.edu/.
- To find the best candidates, it is recommended that companies building their brand on campus. This webpage provides recommendations on how to increase your organization’s visibility and promote your opportunities on campus. http://cdc.richmond.edu/hirespiders/brand.html
The Office of Alumni and Career Services looks forward to working with Richmond area businesses to meet their recruiting needs. If you have any questions or would like assistance, contact the Career Services staff at (804) 289-8547.
Virginia State University (VSU) can help businesses fill their employment needs by connecting them with great students and alumni. The University has a population of 5,600 students, 34 undergraduate programs, 13 masters’ level programs, and 2 doctoral programs within 5 schools: Agriculture; Business; Engineering Science and Technology; Liberal Arts and Education; Graduate Studies, and Research and Outreach. The Career Services Office will tailor a recruiting plan to fit employers’ needs.
The following are ways to recruit VSU students and alumni:
- Employers can set up an information table, where they can meet and greet students in the Student Union - a visible, high traffic location on campus.
- Businesses are welcomed to schedule information sessions to present an organization’s information to students.
- Employers can post internship and/or employment opportunities and interview selected students on campus.
- Many local businesses enjoy participating in the mock interview program to assist students with their interviewing skills. Mock interviews take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Employers can post internship and employment opportunities at Virginia State University by e-mailing open positions description and requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VSU Career Services hosts annual career fairs. The 2012 event will be held on October 4th.
Virginia State University wants to partner with you. Please contact Career Services for more information at 804-524-5211 or email@example.com.
The center provides career exploration field trips, career development workshops, seminars and graduate school material. Students are provided with a career library, resource center and GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT practice tests. In addition, students are provided with an up-to-date job listing (part-time, summer, career employment, and internships) and on-campus interviews with fortune 500 companies and opportunities to network with a wide range of recruiters.