In Bernalillo County
The Most Populous County in the state of New Mexico, Bernalillo County is teeming with business creation potential. The economic landscape in the county is filled with mom-and-pop shops, small manufacturers, major institutions and large-scale corporations. Some of the county’s major private employers include Sandia National Laboratories, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Lovelace Sandia Health System, and the major public employers include Albuquerque Public Schools, University of New Mexico and Kirtland Air Force Base. The county is one of the state’s fastest-growing counties, with 19 percent growth between 2000 and 2010.
New Mexico was primarily an agricultural state until the 1940s, when military activities assumed major economic importance. Currently, major industries include manufacturing, petroleum and food. Tourism also continues to flourish. New Mexico’s economy has an unusually large public sector, accounting for nearly 20 percent of total state product in 2014, compared with the national state average of 12 percent. The state was relatively unaffected by both the boom of the late 1990s and the bust of 2001.
Albuquerque, located at the crossroads of the state’s travel routes, is the largest city in Bernalillo County and in the state of New Mexico. Clear, sunny, dry days; an attractive mountain landscape; and a mostly healthy economy attract new residents from across the country. Not only is the physical climate excellent, but the area also has a favorable tax climate, and the state’s fiscal health is among the best in the country. The area is a center for the high-tech industry and especially research-oriented activities, centered on the giant Sandia Laboratories nuclear research facility south of town. There are over 100 mostly small- and medium-size tech-related companies, and the area has experienced some vulnerability to tech industry economic cycles. Bernalillo County has a cost of living that is slightly higher than the nation’s average, but the low unemployment rate, shorter commutes and affordable housing make it an ideal place to live.
The state is home to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, a site that contains a wealth of information about the state’s workforce development services, employment and training resources, and unemployment insurance program. Visit www.dws.state.nm.us for more information and office locations. Some of the resources available through the site include job scam warnings, job fairs, apprenticeship programs, disability and unemployment program navigator, starting a new business and veteran programs.
Kirtland Air Force Base
There are more than 22,000 people who work at Kirtland Air Force Base — including uniformed military members, federal civilians and contract workers — making it one of the largest employers in New Mexico. Kirtland Air Force Base, including its mission partners, is estimated to have an annual economic impact of $6.7 billion, according to the 2016 Kirtland Air Force Base Economic Impact Statement.
At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics like entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
New Mexico Workforce Connection
501 Mountain Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87103 505-843-1900
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ website helps job seekers looking for work and for employers needing workers. Local offices of the New Mexico Workforce Connection are dotted across the state; the Albuquerque office serves the Bernalillo County region. The website serves as a one-stop integrated employment and training service with information in English and some in Spanish. Job hunters can get help in creating a resume, labor market information, job fair details, information about unemployment insurance, helpful publications, and education and training services.
New Mexico State Personnel Office
2600 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-476-7759
This is the state’s human resources office, which lists state jobs and has other useful aids for job seekers.
Human Resources Department
1 Civic Plaza NW, Suite 4012
Albuquerque, NM 87102 505-468-1500
Bernalillo County’s Human Resources Department is responsible for the administration and oversight of personnel and the county’s system, which consists of approximately 2,450 employees. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. There are also helpful resources such as how to write a resume or create a portfolio. Visit the website for more information.
City of Albuquerque
1 Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Jobs” to connect with city job opportunities and the online application process. In the jobs section you can also get information about how to become an extra in a film, work for the fire or police department, and apply for swimming pool jobs.
City of Rio Rancho
3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
From the home page on the city’s website, click “Employment” on the left-hand side of the page to view job openings and apply online for employment.
Town of Edgewood
1911 Historic Route 66
Edgewood, NM 87015
From the home page on the city’s website, click “Employment Opportunities” on the left side of the page to access information about job openings and to submit an application or resume.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 21 for a list of chambers of commerce in Bernalillo County.
Kirtland Air Force Base Civilian Opportunities
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Kirtland Air Force Base. Or call Kirtland AFB’s NAF Human Resources at 505-846-1522 or visit http://kirtlandforcesupport.com/other-services/naf-human-resources for links to local job listings and other resources.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, child development recreation areas and more, (nonappropriated fund positions), visit www.nafjobs.org.
For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/applymyexchange and search for Kirtland.
New Mexico Small Business Development Center
Starting your own business can be a scary proposition, but there are some supporting agencies to look to for help. The New Mexico Small Business Development Center, www.nmsbdc.org, is another source of useful information and support, especially in networking.
The federal Small Business Administration, at www.sba.gov, has much information about loans and grants, starting and managing a business, contracting and local assistance. The SBA’s New Mexico district office at 500 Gold SW, Suite 11301, Albuquerque, NM 87102, phone 505-248-8225, www.sba.gov/offices/district/nm/albuquerque, can be of great service.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have different resumes that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be very, very aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter as well as the quick-response email will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.