How many of you know a state worker?How many of you have worked for the state?
Bennies: Health, Dental, Vision, RetirementSecurity: Union ContractsAs a taxpayer, I want smart, thoughtful people running my government.So how do you get in?
Key words to look for for entry level positions:TechnicianAssistantThis is a powerful yet quirky little search engine.Partial words are fine, yet exact spelling counts.You interested in library work?Try librar
ResearchWhere? Jobs.ca.gov, Bee State Worker Salary Database – 2013 data was just added, Rough and Tumble – daily snapshot on California Policy & PoliticsWhat opportunities are there? Be aware of changes and opportunities driven by funding. We all love libraries, but are opportunities growing? Where do we expect growth? What skills do I offerWhat am I interested in?Complete State Application Tailor each application to the exam you are applying for. Apply for Exams Seek Open exams. Promotional exams may be limited to current employees of an agencyScore in the top 3 ranks
Heres an example today from the most recent LTA I list from the California State Library.There are 25 people on the list, in 11 ranks. How many people are in the top three ranks?What score would you need to be in the top three? (88)What happens when someone is hired off the list? (ranks shift, and those ranked 4 are now ranked 3 and eligible for hire.
How many people are in the top three ranks?What score would you need to be in the top three? (90) SO RIGHT NOW, you would need to score at least a 90 to be eligible to apply for a vacancy, or open position.What happens when two people are hired off the list? (Depends! ranks shift, and those ranked 4 are now ranked 3 and eligible for hire.
A lot of these are common sense. The wheels of government turn slowly! The civil service hiring process takes time. It took me 15 interviews and 6 months to get picked up by the State, and I understand the process has not sped up.If your dream is to work at the state library, and they are not hiring for your classification, consider volunteering and applying for other jobs.A buddy of mine who is a graduate of your program volunteered at the Braille and Talking Book Library. He is now a contract analyst at the State Library and halfway through his MLIS.
California Department of Human Resources
How to get a state job 4 24-2013
Julie K. Williams, MLIS
California Department of Education
Why work for the State?
Your brains are needed!
2. Apply for Jobs
Do you have list eligibility?
Could you transfer?
Current State Employee
Salary within 5%
At discretion of hiring agency
Tips from current State Workers
Be patient and persistent – don’t give up!
Network (get the scoop on exams, agencies)
Get on as many lists as you can
Apply for anything that interests you
Volunteer at the State Library
Find out as much as you can before the interview
Resources:Recommended Research Tools:
Careers in California Government (State Jobs Site): http://jobs.ca.gov/
Rough & Tumble - California Policy & Politics: http://www.rtumble.com/
Sacramento Bee State Worker Salary Database: http://www.sacbee.com/statepay/
Standard State Application Form 678 (for exams and jobs):
Current Open Exams:
Information Systems Technician (5 current vacancies)
Program Technician 1 (17 current vacancies)
Staff Services Analyst (202 current vacancies):
Office Technician (Typing) Open Exam (currently not offered; yet 198 current vacancies)
Additional Resources from CalHR:
CalHR State Jobs Center, 1810 16th St., Sacramento CA 95811. M-F 9-4 (except state holidays)
Call toll-free 1-866-844-8671 or email JobExamCerts@calhr.ca.gov
Video tutorials on how to get a state job & navigate the Jobs.ca.gov website:
State Jobs you may qualify for with a bachelor degree or related experience:
CalHR Main Training Page: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/training/Pages/main.aspx
Analyst Virtual Help Desk:
What it takes to be a successful analyst
What kinds of analyst jobs are out there
How to become an analyst
Where to get free training
How a bill becomes a law
How to find a career that's right for you
How to develop as an analyst