Snag another award is one of the nation’s best small businesses to work for, according to the Society of Human Resource Management. SnagAJob, which runs an online job board that matches hourly workers with positions at companies like 7-Eleven, landed the number three position on the list.  This is the second year in a row that the… Read more »

Dry cleaner goes pro bono for jobless

If you can’t find a job, at least you can have a clean suit. Puritan Cleaners is offering free dry cleaning to unemployed workers through the end of August. Customers who bring a letter from the Virginia Unemployment Commission or their previous employer can have a suit and two dress shirts, or two regular dresses,… Read more »

Chester staffing firm cuts 261 jobs

Chester-based AdvantaStaff Inc. has notified the state that it will lay off 261 employees. Employees at the staffing services company were notified on Monday and the cuts will take effect 30 days later on June 5. The company is one of Chesterfield County’s top 25 employers, listed eighth in an annual economic impact survey the… Read more »

Local career site goes pro bono

One Richmond job search site has stopped charging employers money to post jobs and browse resumes. was started in early 2007 by Rich Ringrose. Up until Tuesday, it cost an employer $130 to post a job, and $300 to access resumes. Job seekers were always able to search jobs and post resumes for free. Ringrose… Read more »

Laid off alumni turn to resume database

 More than 45  job hunters have posted their resume to Virginia Commonwealth University’s alumni database that launched on January 26, according to Katherine Oliver, communications director for the School of Business.  “We definitely have people from Circuit City, lots from Qimonda,” Oliver said. Other job seekers have been laid off from Wyeth, insurance companies, and banks,… Read more »

Help Wanted: VCU alum

Virginia Commonwealth University is launching a new website Monday to help alumni find jobs and help employers find alumni to hire. The site is operated by the Business and Engineering Career Center and initially will only be open to alumni of the business and engineering schools. Alumni will be able to fill in some identifying… Read more »

Job lines outside Red Lobster

Yesterday I got a strong dose of what a rapidly-rising unemployment rate looks like. For more than three hours, job hunters gathered outside a Red Lobster in Eastern Henrico. Yesterday morning I drove past the new Red Lobster on Laburnum Ave, which is at the White Oak Village development. There were at least 30 people… Read more »

MBA grads face fierce job market

Professionals are flocking to graduate business schools across the country, hoping to shore up their credentials and sharpen their competitive edge. BizSense previously reported on the increased interest at local area MBA programs. C and University of Richmond have experienced a swell of interest for their programs, paralleling the surge occurring nationwide.

Holiday Hiring Market Shrinking, Competition Growing

American retailers are cutting back on the holiday hiring market, according to a survey from Richmond-based job-seekers’ website The number of jobs is going down, while the number of people applying for jobs is going up. That means increased competition for fewer spots. And that means harder work for job seekers, who will have… Read more »