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 805-568-1296
Workforce Resource Center — Santa Maria
1410 S. Broadway, Suite E
Santa Maria, CA 93454 805-614-1550
Both Workforce Resource centers have 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 Santa 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 18 for a list of chambers of commerce in Santa Barbara County.