Career Development Resource Center
7928 14th Street
Suite 102
Fleet and Family Support Center
Norfolk, VA 23505

Phone 757-444-2102
Phone (DSN) 312-564-2102
Fax 757-445-2495
Fax (DSN) 312-565-0631

Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun - Closed
Holidays - Closed

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Employment Opportunities

Hampton Roads, with a 5.8% unemployment rate, possesses a broad and competitive job market within the military, municipalities, financial institutions, retail and service industries. Employment opportunities on NS Norfolk include Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Non Appropriated Funds (NAF), Navy Exchange and the Commissary. 

A few of Hampton Roads' major employers are: 

  • The various public school districts
  • Bank of America
  • Norfolk Southern Corp.
  • Sentara Health Systems
  • United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Moon Engineering

Many telemarketing companies and call centers for major companies call Hampton Roads home.

Virginia's minimum wage is $7.25.

Examples of current wages in the area are:

  • Clerical: $7.70 - $19.36/hour. Bilingual skills, advanced computer skills and/or certification may command higher hourly rate.
  • Unskilled Labor: $7.25 - $8.00
  • Teachers: $38,000 - $85,000/year, median is $50,000
  • Professional (White collar): $35,000 +

Employment Assistance

The Fleet and Family Support Center's (FFSC) Norfolk Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) can assist all eligible family members with their job search and career planning. Our Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) provides up to date job vacancy announcement drop box, local college information and computers to assist in your job search.

Once a month, FFSC Norfolk offers ‘Career Week' which consists of the following employment classes:

Effective Resume Writing-- These days, only a top-notch resume will get you an interview. Learn how to market your skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and experience with an impressive resume. This single-session workshop includes tips on translating military terminology.

Federal Employment System -- In this single-session workshop gain the advantage in your job search with the federal government by learning how to find vacancies and job listings, complete the application process, and how to understand standard qualifications and testing requirements.

Interviewing Techniques -- Want to feel more confident at your next job interview? This workshop teaches you how! Topics include positive answers to difficult questions, dressing for success, and the importance of body language and positive attitude. Interview follow-up and salary negotiations are also discussed.

Job Search Strategies -- Learn more about the crucial steps in the job search process. This workshop covers everything from assessing the hidden job market to finding a job long-distance, as well as job searching on the Internet. Many of the resources and services available to job seekers are also discussed, including major employers in the Hampton Roads area and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

Another workshop offered by FFSC is the Career Planning, which is a 3 hour self-assessment to help you make career choices based on life goals, personal skills, abilities, preferences and work values. Employment Specialists are available to provide individual consultations and Mock Interviews. Call 757-444-2102 for an appointment.

Employment Documentation

To start your job search off on the right foot, remember to hand-carry all your employment records and information, references, resumes, federal resumes, transcripts, certificates and licenses. If you are civil service and you transferring with the service member, don't forget to bring your SF-50. 

Unemployment Benefits

Most military spouses are eligible to file an unemployment claim in Virginia as long as you meet the required 680 hours of covered employment. For information and questions regarding filing your first claim, contact the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) at 866-832-2363. For a complete listing of the documents and information you will need in order to file a claim, visit their website.

Keep in mind you may be initially considered ineligible for unemployment benefits and may have to file an appeal because you left your job voluntarily to accompany your service member. This is normal and most military spouses win the appeal.

Transition Assistance

Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success)

This is a five-day DOD workshop with mandatory components, for military members retiring or separating who are exiting or considering leaving the military and are making the transition to the civilian sector. The workshop provides instruction on skills identification, resume preparation, interview techniques, and veterans' entitlements. Spouses are welcome to attend as space permits.
All classes are held Monday, 6:30 am-4:30 pm, and Tuesday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Registration is Monday at 6:30 am. See your command career counselor for a quota and workshop requirements to attend Transition GPS. For additional information, call (757) 444-3522/6089/1149 or Fax (757) 444-6095.

CONSEP (Career Options & Navy Skills Evaluation Program)

1st Term CONSEP is a four-day class for individuals who are in their first enlistment. This workshop will provide insight into various aspects of managing a career - financially, professionally, and personally. 

Mid-Career CONSEP is a four-day class designed to assist mid-career Sailors (E-4 to E-6 with 6-12 years of service) with career change.

To sign up for any of these classes, you will need to contact your command career counselor or Fleet and Family Support Center Career Development Resource Center (CDRC).

Tuition Assistance

Spouses can contact the Navy College Office 757-444-7453 or the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) 757-683-2312 Southside or 757-926-6107 Peninsula for updates and scholarship opportunities. 


For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.

Associated Links

Career Advancement Accounts for Military Spouses

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
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Office of Personnel Management
Provides access to all official federal jobs as well as links to other government resources.

U.S. Department of Labor
Provides access to all official employment statistics and opportunities.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Military spouses find a job with military friendly employers and learn job search skills from Military OneSource. Employers can register a job online.

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