Whether you’ve successfully identified your career interests, or are still interested in learning more about available jobs, take some time and explore employment opportunities in your area. To help, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 growing industries in West Virginia, as well as outlined in-demand jobs in each region across the state.



1. Ambulatory Health Care Services 6. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
2. Hospitals 7. Waste Management and Remediation Service
3. Social Assistance 8. Couriers and Messengers
4. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 9. Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services
5. Administrative and Support Services 10. Amusement, Gambling and Recreation Industries



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Region 1 - Counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Webster, Wyoming Region 7 - Counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton Region 6 - Counties: Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur Region 5 - Counties: Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, Wetzel Region 3 - Kanawha County Region 3 - Kanawha County Region 4 - Counties: Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, Wood Region 2 - Counties: Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Putnam, Wayne


Coal miners

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $7.4 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to WorkForce West Virginia to provide retraining and reemployment services to dislocated coal miners and displaced homemakers impacted by mass layoffs and coal mine closures. The grant will help participants find new career paths outside of the coal mining industry and long-term reemployment opportunities.

About the grant

The grant provides up to $5,000 per participant for Classroom Occupational Skills Training in an occupation expected to be high demand, such as Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Welding, Electrical Engineering, HVAC, Diesel Technology, Chemical Processor, etc. Participants who meet training program attendance requirements will be eligible for training allowances to cover the cost of gas, food, child care, etc. at the rate of $20 per day for the days attending class, up to $100 per week.

Who qualifies as a displaced homemaker?

The term “displaced homemaker” means an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment. As a result of the lost income or dramatic reduction in income, it may be necessary for a spouse or another member of the family living in the household, to obtain employment or participate in occupational skills training that would make them marketable to find employment in order to support the family. Displaced Homemakers may be a spouse or another member of the family living in the home.

Not sure what you would be interested in? Click here to see jobs that are in demand in West Virginia.


To be determined eligible, contact the local WorkForce West Virginia office in your area.

Learn how this Grant has Helped Others


Trade assistance: Help for those affected by foreign imports or shifts of production outside the United States

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) helps those who became unemployed due to layoffs as a result of foreign imports or a shift of production out of the United States. Workers are eligible for TAA program services if a petition submitted on behalf of the workers is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, determining that the workers were separated from their employment due to foreign competition.

Benefits and services

  • Training: Training consists of one Occupational Skills training plan, but may include a group of courses (components) related to a specific Occupational Goal. Training may be in form of classroom, on-line (distance learning) training, or on-the-job training. All training must be approved in advance by Workforce West Virginia’s State Trade Unit.
  • Travel Allowance: May be eligible to receive a daily mileage allowance to assist with travel costs while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • Subsistence Allowance: May be eligible to receive a room and board expenses while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
  • Supply Allowance: May be eligible to receive a reimbursement per quarter/semester/term/session of up to $150.00 for training related supplies.
  • TRA Benefits: May be eligible to receive up to 130 weeks of Income Support payments. Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) is administered by WorkForce West Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Division.
  • Job Search Allowance: May be eligible for a reimbursement up to 90% for travel, meals, and lodging expenses. Maximum amount of reimbursement cannot exceed $1,250 for prearranged interviews beyond the normal commuting distance, and must be approved, in advance, by the WorkForce West Virginia’s State TAA Unit.
  • Relocation Allowance: You must have accepted a job outside your normal commuting distance and receive prior approval from the WorkForce West Virginia’s TAA Unit for your relocation. You will receive up to 90% of reasonable and necessary expenses, and you will receive a lump sum of three (3) times your former average weekly wage, not to exceed $1,250 for the move.
  • Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA): A wage subsidy program offered to workers 50 years or older. The wage subsidy may not exceed $10,000 or two years, whichever occurs first. If you participate in the RTAA program, you can still attend training.

For more information,

Workforce West Virginia State TAA Unit - 1-877-967-5498






Congratulations! After successfully reviewing and completing the five previous steps, you are now ready to begin your job search! This is a very exciting time for you, and there a number of resources available at your disposal to help you find the job that is just right for you!

Begin your online West Virginia job search today:

Browse the MACC, the state’s largest job database, to find available jobs in your area.

Find a job

Enroll in the MACC to start finding positions available for your skill level.


For more information, questions or individualized assistance, contact WorkForce West Virginia:


Find a job fair in your local community

Apprenticeship Opportunity


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US Sen Manchin’s Job and Resource Fairs
Across West Virginia

Multiple dates and locations

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GetReady Resources

Training and Information for Job Seekers
Specific date and time- Not Applicable

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Law Enforcement Career Fair


November 9, 2016
10 am – 2 pm

Pittsburg, PA

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Veterans Resource Fair


November 13, 2016
1 pm – 5 pm


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First and foremost, thank you for your service to both our country and our state. We understand that as a veteran, returning to civilian life can be challenging and include a number of life-changing decisions. Upon returning home, you may decide to continue your education or find a new career path. No matter where you fall on your career journey, WorkForce West Virginia is here to help!

In accordance with Title 38, US Code and State legislation, qualified veterans are entitled to receive a priority in all employment and training programs and services. The Employment Service, a partner in the WorkForce West Virginia One-Stop Career Centers, is the delivery agent for U.S. Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs. Services are provided to all veterans through a network of Job Service offices in West Virginia.

Jobs for Veterans State Grant

Veterans and eligible persons meeting eligibility requirements may be referred to specific veterans’ program staff for specialized services. Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) are responsible for providing intensive services to qualified veterans at the WorkForce center or itinerant site with a goal of long term sustainable employment of the veteran. Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employer and employer groups such as business, industry, and other community-based organizations by serving as an advocate for the hiring of veterans.

Operation Opportunity: Job fair assistance program

Hilton Worldwide and WorkForce West Virginia have partnered on Operation Opportunity Initiative. This is a program designed to provide hotel room assistance to veterans with job interviews, skills training, housing searches and any employment testing that would make travel a necessity during your job search. The rooms are provided to veterans at no charge, and WorkForce West Virginia offers assistance with the application process at local offices across the state.

In addition to helping with interview skills and resumes, this program serves as one more way West Virginia is working to assist current service members, veterans and their spouses find jobs faster and most easily than ever before.

For more information, click here.

West Virginia Military Connection

By logging on to this portal, veterans can find links to services for employment, health care, training and education programs and a number of family resources, as well as local contacts and information on benefits specific to veterans.


Additional services

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides a 24/7 online resource assistance to all veterans, as well as to employers who want to hire veterans. The site was designed to be a virtual “first stop” for veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses in the employment search processes. The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, AJCs, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and employer assistance.

For more information, visit:


Additional online resources

A variety of federal and state assistance programs and organizations are available to help veterans transition back into civilian life and find stable, long-term employment opportunities.








Once you receive the proper training and education needed for your desired career field, it is time to prepare and perfect the skills you need to look for and apply to specific jobs. The fifth step in the process will provide you with information on how to fill out a job application, craft a great resume, prepare an effective cover letter, perfect your interview skills and access additional job search assistance.

WorkForce West Virginia offers free job search workshops every month.

Completing a job application

We understand that filling out a job application can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Your application is where you get to convey your accomplishments, past experience and willingness to work hard to obtain the job at hand.

General application tips
  • Include your most relevant and transferrable skills.
  • Emphasize that you have the required skills, experience and education for the position.
  • List the jobs you’ve held over the last 10 years in reverse chronological order (current job first).
  • Contact three professional references and ask them if you can list them on your application. Verify their contact information and job title(s).
  • If completing by hand, make sure you write neatly.
  • Always be honest. Lying on an application can result in immediate termination.
  • Make sure your application is complete (there are no blanks) and is signed.
  • Read over your application upon completion to make sure all information is spelled correctly and is accurate.
  • Follow up with the employer. If you do not hear back regarding your application after a reasonable amount of time, contact the employer and ask if they are still hiring for the position. If not, see if they keep resumes on file and if they expect to fil any other positions in the near future.
Online application tips
Completing a job application online can require a lot of steps. To help you navigate the online application process, consider these tips.
  • Some companies divide applications into separate pages. If you reach the bottom of a page and the option to save application is listed, be sure to click that feature. Do not click continue until you have saved your application.
  • Do not click your browser’s back button. If you need to revisit a previous page in the application, click the application’s previous button, usually located in the upper-left or lower-left corner of the page.
  • Complete all required fields. If you submit an incomplete application, the page may generate an error message and clear all of your information.


Developing your resume

Your resume and cover letter are your personal marketing materials. Whether you are beginning a resume from scratch or are looking to update outdated application materials, we’ve put together general reminders to help you craft a solid resume that can easily be tailored to specific job listings moving forward.

A good resume is the key to securing a job interview.

Elements of a resume

  • Contact Information – Always include contact information at the top of your resume so the employer will know how to contact you.
  • Skills – Include information on your skills within the top portion of the document, so the employer will know you are qualified.
  • Work History – Here is where you include any relevant work experience, including tasks you performed and overall duties and responsibilities for each position.
  • Education – Begin listing your education with your most recent/highest degree level obtained first. Consider including relevant course work and extracurricular clubs and activities.
Resume reminders
Here are some useful tips to help you with your resume.
  • A resume should be kept to one page, two at the most.
  • Your resume should be a reflection of your skills, ability, education and work history.
    • Make sure the employer can see within the top 1/3 of the page that you have the specific skills and qualifications required for the position.
  • Employers are interested in your accomplishments – describe what you have accomplished throughout your career or in previous jobs.
  • List relevant contact information so they employer will know how to reach you with questions and to set up an interview.
  • Use an appropriate email address, even if you have to create new account.
    • For example, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is not appropriate. Your initials with your last name would be a better choice.
  • Always be honest. Lying on your resume could have serious consequences and result in termination, if hired for the position under false pretenses.
  • Always check grammar, spelling and capitalization. Ask one or two people you trust to review your resume and recommend changes.

Free templates

There are different formats for resumes, and it is important to find and use the resume format that is best for you.

Not all resumes look the same. Click here to download a free template to give you a guiding idea of how to arrange and convey your information.


Writing an effective cover letter

The purpose of a cover letter is to capture the employer’s attention so they will spend more time reviewing your resume – with the ultimate goal of setting up an interview. Your cover letter can be used for two purposes: to inquire about job openings or to actually apply for specific job openings.

A cover letter should not be a mass-mailed, generic document. Rather, it should be addressed to a specific recipient, and if possible, should mention a specific job with the company.

While not all employers require a cover letter, including this additional piece can strengthen your application and make your materials stand out among other candidate submissions.

Parts of a cover letter

  • Salutation – Address the letter to a specific person. Try to refrain from using Dear Sir/Madam or To whom it may concern.
  • Introduction – Begin the letter by telling the employer what position you are applying for and how you heard about the opening.
  • Body – The body of the letter should tell the employer why you are a good fit for the position. Give examples of your talents, but do not repeat your resume.
  • Closing – In closing, request an interview and your willingness to answer any additional questions the employer may have.
  • Signature – Sign the letter boldly with blue ink to show the employer the letter isn’t a photocopy.
Cover letter tips
A cover letter does not have to be long; instead, it should cover top level information the employer wants to know in a concise manner.
  • Focus the content of your letter on what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you.
  • Try not to overuse the word “I” throughout the letter.
  • Be clear and brief, but give the employer enough information to know that you are qualified for the job.
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Have a second pair of eyes review your letter and offer suggestions.

Free templates

Write your cover letter in your tone of voice and in a way that works best for you.

Click here to download free templates to serve as guides to overall structure and generic language.


Preparing for your interview

Your strong application materials have resulted in an interview. Now what’s next?

Contrary to popular belief, preparation is key in an interview. Common perception is that you can’t prepare for an interview, because you do not know what questions the employer will ask. As it turns out, there are a number of important tips to follow to ensure you are prepared for your scheduled interview.

Local career centers offer mock interviews. Call a career center near you today to schedule your practice interview.
  • Research the company and the industry. Make sure you know facts about the company, the products or services they offer and the industry markets they serve.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the interview. If you are not sure about directions on how to get there, do a trial run the night before.
Review and prepare
  • Prepare for the interview by reviewing practice questions.


  • Be prepared to sell yourself with a summary of your education, achievements, skills and goals.
  • Know and anticipate in advance how you will answer questions about lack of experience, job-hopping history and gaps in employment. Prepare positive answers to these sometimes negative questions.
  • Be prepared to tell the interviewer about goals you met, problems you solved, or times you were able to excel on the job, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Be prepared with questions to ask your interviewer.
    • Always be honest. Lying on an application can result in immediate termination.
Day of the interview
  • Dress for success. Jeans and a t-shirt are never appropriate for a job interview. First impressions go a long way in an interview setting; show your employer you care enough to look the part.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Turn off your cell phone or leave it in the car.
  • Address the interviewer by name. Smile and shake hands firmly. Maintain good eye contact.
  • Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.
  • Ask your interviewer your prepared questions.
  • Express your readiness to take on the job duties.
  • Thank your interviewer for their time. Be sure and get business cards from each person who interviews you and send a thank you to each person.
    • Handwritten cards are appreciated, but email is also acceptable. No matter what format, be sure and send your thank you within 24 hours.
After the interview
  • Evaluate your interview. Determine your strengths and your weaknesses to better prepare for a second interview.
  • Follow up with the interviewer after an appropriate amount of time. Check to see if they need any additional information, reference information or writing samples.

Assistance with employment challenges

Everyone’s journey to employment is different. If you are in need of special assistance, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) may be able to help. DRS helps those with physical or mental disabilities address barriers that may be interfering with their ability to prepare for or maintain employment.

Rehabilitation counselors are available to set up a free, individualized plan for employment that will outline the services needed to help you reach your employment goal.

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Background checks

It is not unusual for companies to require background checks on potential employees. For more information, download:

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