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.
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
1100 N. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, part of Maryland Jobs Now workforce organizations, coordinates job seeker services and training, business services, adult learning programs and labor market information. The department’s goal is to ensure that businesses have skilled workers, and job seekers have access to employment and training resources and services.
Maryland Workforce Investment Works, also part of Maryland Jobs Now, maintains a list of Workforce Development Boards and American Job Centers at www.workforceinvestmentworks.com/maryland/workforce_experts.asp.
State of Maryland
At the state level the Division of Workforce Development is the lead agency. It track and reports the state’s labor market statistics and administers the Unemployment Compensation program and other development programs. If you’re looking for a job with the state, the best resource is the Department of Budget and Management, www.jobaps.com/md. Another prospect is the Maryland Workforce Exchange, https://mwejobs.maryland.gov/jobbanks.
Anne Arundel County
Office of Personnel
2660 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Jobs are posted online for positions within the county, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. Visit www.aacounty.org/Personnel/EmpSelfService.cfm to access the self-service portal.
County Administration, Human Resources
3430 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Howard County accepts applications online. County jobs are posted on its website, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. If you have questions or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Anapolis
160 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
From the main menu on the city’s website, click “How Do I…” then “Apply for Jobs with the City” to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.
City of Columbia
6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
From the main menu on the city’s website, click “I Want To” then “Apply for Jobs” to view job opportunities and download an employment application.
City of Laurel
Laurel Municipal Center
8103 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, MD 20707
From the main menu on the city’s website, click “I Want To…” then “Find a Job” or “Apply for a Job” to view job openings and download the city’s application for employment. Emailed or faxes applications are not accepted. Applicants may apply in person to the Department of Budget & Personnel Services or mail an application to the address listed.
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 Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
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.
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 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.