The Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) program establishes a two-year time limit on TANF benefits while requiring recipients to become engaged in a work activity in preparation for employment. VIEW is the work component which combines work and work-related activities with education and training. TANF recipients are required to participate in VIEW when their youngest child turns 12 months old, unless they meet an exemption.
SNAP Employment and Training (SNAPET) Program provides Employment Training Education and Supportive Services to customers who receive SNAP benefits. Program participation is voluntary as of Jan. 1, 2012. Therefore, participation or nonparticipation in SNAPET will have no effect on SNAP benefits. However, not choosing to participate in the program, where offered, can prevent SNAP recipients from receiving services that could help them find and keep employment.
Additional Resources for Job Seekers!
- Great tips on Succeeding at Job Fairs. Remember that the purpose of a resume is to give the employer enough information to make the decision to call you in for an interview. The Resume Guide and Sample can help you create a great resume.
- You will be contacting many employers during your job search. Keep a record of each contact and the follow-up steps which are necessary. Organizing this information will help you be more effective in your job search. Use the Employer Target List to keep track of every contact with a potential employer and the results of that contact. Good Luck!
- Deciding what to wear and what not to wear to the job fair/interview can be equally as important as what is on your resume. You only get one chance to make a first impression so use the attached guidelines to make the best first impression on your potential new employer. Make the most of your time at the interview and Dress for Success.
- Do not get caught off guard! Review frequently asked interview questions or ask a family member or friend to role play an interview. Be prepared to answer questions about education level, previous jobs and strengths and weaknesses.
- Many employers require all applicants to apply for jobs on their websites. This does not mean the employer is giving you the brush-off or the employer is wasting time by attending the fair. The employer may be taking note of candidates - you and others - in whom they are interested but they have to follow certain procedures. So be prepared and have a Model Application on hand that you can use as a guide in completing an online application.
Employment services can be found at any One Stop or Skill Source Center in Northern Virginia. At these centers, you will find a variety of events and workshops for preparing your resume and acing an interview. Other services include personalized counseling, skills assessment and free access to fax machines and the internet. Go to www.myskillsource.org for more information or visit the Woodbridge location listed below:
Virginia Workforce Center-Prince William
13370 Minnieville Road
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.