West Point Community
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.
New York Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions
Building 12 W.A. Harriman Campus
Albany, NY 12240
The New York Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions maintains an internet portal for job seekers looking for work. The website serves as a one-stop integrated employment and training service. Job hunters can get help in job preparation and exploring careers, labor market information, a career center locator and information about unemployment.
State of New York
Employment opportunities with the State of New York are posted online. Search by agency or location, then apply online. The majority of state jobs require a civil service exam to qualify for consideration. Information about exams is available online at www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc.
255 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
Orange County’s Human Resources provides online job opportunities. See the website for more information.
City of Middletown
16 James St.
Middletown, NY 10940
Civil service employment opportunities are available at the Civil Service Office on the third floor of City Hall, 16 James St.; at the Board of Education, Middletown City School District, 223 Wisner Ave.; and at Thrall Library, at 11-19 Depot St.
City of Newburgh
Newburgh, NY 12550
From the website, click “Job Opportunities” to access civil service exams, job vacancy announcements and the city’s application, which can be submitted in person or by mail. You can also sign up for an e-alert notification for vacancies.
Town of Cornwall
183 Main St.
Cornwall, NY 12518
From the website, click “Cornwall Online” then “Employment Opportunities” to find jobs and to download an application.
Town of Newburgh
1496 Route 300
Newburgh, NY 12550
From the website, click “Employment Opportunities” to find available jobs and application information.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department to 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 Orange 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 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. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready to explain your talents.
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
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 don’t receive notification that you didn’t get