At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.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.
State of Alabama
Employment opportunities with the state of Alabama are posted online. Search by class, option or job title, then apply online.
Alabama JobLink Montgomery Career Center
1060 E. South Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36116
Alabama JobLink is a free source for posting and finding jobs in Alabama. The website provides resources for job seekers and veterans, including information on career planning, training providers and job fairs.
JobLink serves Alabama with local career centers, among them the Montgomery Career Center for Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga and Macon counties. The center offers career counseling, resume assistance, direct job placement, classroom and on-the-job training, and information about local and national job markets and unemployment compensation.
Montgomery City-County Personnel Department
27 Madison Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
The Montgomery City-County Personnel Department recruits and screens applicants for employment with the city and county as well as the Montgomery Regional Airport. To see current job openings, visit https://jobapscloud.com/mgm. All job applications must be submitted via the Online Employment Center.
City of Millbrook
3160 Main St.
Millbrook, AL 36054
Find job listings for Millbrook at the city’s employment website.
City of Prattville
101 W. Main St.
Prattville, AL 36067
View current job openings and promotional and in-house jobs at the city’s human resources website.
City of Wetumpka
212 S. Main St.
Wetumpka, AL 36092
The City of Wetumpka will accept applications for employment for clerical, administrative, labor and law enforcement positions on an on-going basis. Click on “Job Openings” on the city’s homepage to access its application. When a position becomes open, applications that have been submitted for consideration will be reviewed, with the top three qualified individuals interviewed.
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 Montgomery 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.