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 on 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.
1300 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, WA 98310
WorkSource Washington is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that deliver a wide array of employment and training services for job seekers and employers. Customers access services electronically through https://seeker.worksourcewa.com or a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites statewide.
Washington State Employment Security Department
212 Maple Park Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
The Washington State Employment Security Department is the state’s largest and most comprehensive employment resource. Services include job listings, occupational information, job training programs and a host of specialized services for veterans, displaced workers and other targeted populations. For young people seeking employment in the region, the Youth at Work website provides job search information, as well as tips on resume writing and other resources.
State of Washington
Employment opportunities with the State of Washington are available online. Search by category, department or location then apply online. Find employment assistance, look for internships or sign up for the Federal Job Corps Program here as well.
507 Austin Ave.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Kitsap County is among the top 10 employers in the county. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and available positions require an online application. Applicants can sign up to receive job notifications.
City of Bainbridge Island
280 Madison Ave. N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I” then “Apply for Employment Opportunities” to see vacancies and the city’s online application process.
City of Bremerton
345 Sixth St., Suite 600
Bremerton, WA 98337
From the home page on the city’s website, click “Employment” to view job openings, find out about benefits, download the city’s application or apply for opportunities online.
City of Port Orchard
216 Prospect St.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
From the home page on the city’s website, click “Community” then click “Jobs.” View current job listings and download the city’s application. The city will accept faxed or emailed, but the original form must be mailed or delivered in person.
City of Poulsbo
200 N.E. Moe St.
Poulsbo, WA 98370
From the main menu on the city’s website, click “Work” then “Employment Opportunities” to access city job openings and download the city’s application, which can be submitted by mail or in person.
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 21 for a list of chambers of commerce in Kitsap 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 lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure first to 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 an active, 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.
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 can follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you didn’t get the job or notification that the position is no longer open.