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.
North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions
313 Chapanoke Road
Raleigh, NC 27603 919-814-0400
The North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions offers services for adults, veterans, youth and more. The division helps job seekers learn skills for new industries through apprenticeships and operates NCWorks Online, the state’s official job search portal that connects individuals with employers. Veterans can visit their NCWorks Career Center and take advantage of no-cost services, including career assessments, labor market information, access to training and workshops, job interview preparation, and resume and cover letter assistance.
State of North Carolina
Office of State Human Resources
116 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27603 919-807-4800
Employment opportunities with the state of North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, are posted on the website. Search current job postings and then apply online.
234 NW Corridor Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-347-7600
Onslow County is among the top 10 employers in the area. Jobs are posted online with salary range and benefits information, and applications are available for online submission only.
City of Jacksonville
815 New Bridge St.
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-938-5386
From the top menu on the city’s website, select “City Services” then “Jobs” to view current job opportunities, apply online and get information about the hiring process.
Town of Holly Ridge
212 N. Dyson St.
Holly Ridge, NC 28445 910-329-7081
From the main menu on city’s website, select “Info” then “Employment” to download employment applications.
Town of North Topsail Beach
2008 Loggerhead Court
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460 910-328-1349
From the top menu on the town’s website, select “Departments” then “Job Openings” to access employment opportunities.
Town of Swansboro
601 W. Corbett Ave.
Swansboro, NC 28584 910-326-4428
From the main menu on the town’s website, select “Town Departments” then “Human Resources” and finally “Employment” to view job openings and download the application for employment. The completed application may be emailed, mailed or hand-delivered.
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.
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.