Georgia Department of Workforce Services
Coastal Workforce Services
601 E. 66th St., Suite 201
Savannah, GA 31405 912-351-6379
Hinesville Career Center
740 General Stewart Way, Suite 202
Hinesville, GA 31313 912-370-2595
Savannah Career Center
5520 White Bluff Road
Savannah, GA 31405 912-356-2773
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division was created in August 2006 to administer Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds and ultimately improve the quality of job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce for the economic growth of the state. The website serves as a one-stop integrated employment and training service. Job hunters can get help with job preparation and exploring careers, labor market information and information about unemployment insurance.
State of Georgia
Employment opportunities with the state of Georgia are posted online. Search by category, department or location, then apply online. The Georgia Department of Labor and the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division can help with creating resumes, getting job training and receiving professional development.
123 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31401 912-652-7964
Chatham County is the second-largest county in the state and among the top employers in the county. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. Call the job information line at 912-652-7931 or email Jobs@ChathamCounty.org.
112 N. Main St.
Hinesville, GA 31313 912-876-2164
Liberty County posts open positions on its website and the county’s application is available for download. For questions or comments, call Human Resources at 912-876-2164.
City of Hinesville
115 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Hinesville, GA 31313
From the city’s home page of its website, click “Employment” to connect with job opportunities and apply online.
City of Richmond Hill
40 Richard R. Davis Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I?” then “Apply For” to view job openings, apply online, download the city’s application for employment, email resumes or create a job profile.
City of Savannah
2 East Bay St.
Savannah, GA 31401
From the popular links section on the city’s website, click “City Employment” to access available job opportunities. Online applications are accepted, and job-interest notifications can be created.
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.
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 23 for a list of chambers of commerce in Hinesville and Savannah.
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.
FORT STEWART AND HUNTER AAF CIVILIAN OPPORTUNITIES
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Or visit the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center website for links to local job listings at www.stewart.army.mil/info/?id=387.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, marina, recreation areas and more, (non-appropriated fund positions) call Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield’s NAF hotline at 912-767-5051.
For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at http://odin.aafes.com/employment and search for Fort Stewart.
Georgia Small Business Development Center
The Georgia Small Business Development Center offers small business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business. Visit www.sba.gov. Or visit the Georgia Small Business Development Center location at The University of Georgia in Savannah at 111 E. Liberty St., Suite 200, Savannah, GA 31401.
In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the creation of BusinessUSA, a one-stop platform for small businesses to get the services they need to make good hires and to grow. The service now offers personalized information and links on how to start a business, obtain financing, look into exporting, expand, find opportunities, learn about health care changes, be aware of taxes and credits, get help with hires, and ferret out regulations and green opportunities. BusinessUSA is especially interested in increasing ownership among veterans, women, the socially and economically disadvantaged, Native Americans and Alaska Natives.