At the national level, websites such as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.linkedin.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.
Georgia Department of Labor – Houston County Career Center
96 Cohen Walker Drive
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-988-7130
The GDOL helps job applicants in areas from resume preparation to job listings to labor laws with tools available on the department’s website. Veterans can find information and assistance, ranging from career and employment counseling to direct job referrals, job search workshops and support services at https://dol.georgia.gov/find-veteran-assistance-and-information.
The GDOL also operates a statewide network of local career centers, providing a wide range of services to job seekers and employers. The centers offer tools to find and keep a job that’s just right for you. The Warner Robins career center website is https://dol.georgia.gov/location/houston-county.
Team Georgia Careers
The official state career website, Team Georgia Careers lists job opportunities with Georgia state government. In addition to this careers website, the state offers professional development, specialized training, coaching and mentoring opportunities, succession planning, tuition assistance for specialized jobs within specific organizations, and cross-agency team stretch assignments.
200 Carl Vinson Parkway
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-542-2005
Current Houston County job opportunities are posted online, and applications are available for download.
Middle Georgia Workforce Development
124 Osigian Blvd., Suite A
Warner Robins, GA 31088 478-953-4771
Middle Georgia Workforce Development is a local association of workforce development agencies, business leaders and other partners that seeks to improve the labor market success of Middle Georgians. The board’s website has employment resources, including training and career services, job search assistance, job announcements and more. The group serves residents of 10 counties, among them Houston County.
Perry Chamber of Commerce
101 Gen. Courtney Hodges Blvd.
Perry, GA 31069 478-987-1234
The Perry Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee supports Robins Air Force Base families and events; the “Where to Work” link on the home page connects to job postings.
Robins Regional Chamber
1228 Watson Blvd.
Warner Robins, GA 31093 478-922-8585
The Robins Regional Chamber has an abundance of information for those seeking work in the Houston County area. The chamber’s website has a special section for military and aerospace resources under “Programs.”
City of Centerville
300 E. Church St.
Centerville, GA 31028 478-953-4734
Job announcements are posted on the city’s website. Look for “Current Job Announcements” on the Job Opportunities page.
City of Perry
1211 Washington St.
Perry, GA 31069 478-988-2713
Current job openings for Perry are posted online, along with employment policies and applications.
City of Warner Robins
700 Watson Blvd.
Warner Robins, GA 31093 478-293-1000
Current employment opportunities are posted on the Warner Robins website.
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 Houston County.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions 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.
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 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 are not notified that you did not get the job.