At the national level such websites as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.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 from 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.
The California Employment Development Department
Job seekers can custom-tailor their searches on this site, create and upload multiple versions of their resume and be notified electronically of new openings. There’s an online job center, information on job fairs and workshops, and training options that include special programs and where to get help. Information also is available in Spanish.
Workforce Resource Center — Santa Barbara
130 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Workforce Resource Center — Santa Maria
1410 S. Broadway, Suite E
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Both Workforce Resource Centers are physical as well as online presences in Santa Barbara County that help job seekers hook up with education and training, explore the current labor market, write resumes and find jobs. Their resource rooms offer computers, telephones, fax and copy machines, instructional videos and job resource books. There are special services for young people just starting out and for seniors who want to stay in the job market.
Santa Barbara County
The county of Santa Barbara’s online employment page is a model of clarity, transparency and navigational ease, right down to listings of salary ranges for different positions and an online interest card that will bring electronic notification when a suitable match opens up.
City of Carpinteria
Carpinteria’s Human Resources Department coordinates the recruiting, selection, training and evaluation of city workers. Information on employment opportunities, applications, salaries and more is available online.
City of Goleta
From the home page, click “I Want To…” then “Apply for City Jobs” to see recruitment information, current openings and application forms.
City of Guadalupe
The city of Guadalupe, “Gateway to the Dunes,” alerts job seekers to its openings under “Employment” on the left side of its municipal website.
City of Lompoc
The Lompoc Human Resources Department coaches job applicants through the process online so they know exactly what to expect at every stage.
City of S anta Barbara
Click on “Jobs at the City” on the left on the Santa Barbara website to pull up job openings, hiring information, the employee handbook laying out expectations and benefits and more.
City of Santa Maria
The city of Santa Maria has a centralized Human Resources Department that handles all employment-related matters, among them job openings, selection process tips, job descriptions, salary information and a city organizational chart.
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 19 for a list of chambers of commerce in Santa Barbara County.
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 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 hiring director at the other end of the line. 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.