At the national level such websites as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.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 from 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.
Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training
Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 S. Bay Road, Suite SH
Dover, DE 19901
The Delaware Department of Labor’s Division of Employment and Training functions as a one-stop, integrated employment and training service. Here job seekers can find occupation skills training; re-employment, job-seeker and employer services; resource rooms; veterans’ assistance; work opportunity tax credits; a program for migrant workers and seasonal farmworkers; a foreign labor certification program; labor market information; and workshops.
State of Delaware
Delaware Human Resource Management
122 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. S
Dover, DE 19901
The Human Resource Management section of the state of Delaware lists current state jobs and provides other useful job-seeker resources and tools.
Kent County Employment
555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
Kent County job opportunities are listed on the county’s website. Veterans are encouraged to apply.
City of Dover
15 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19903
Those looking for work with the city of Dover can find what they need at the city’s human resources office, which recruits and selects qualified applicants to fill job vacancies.
City of Harrington
106 Dorman St.
Harrington, DE 19952
Job openings are posted on the city website, where a PDF version of the employment application can be printed out and completed. Applications also can be picked up at City Hall.
City of Milford
10 SE Second St.
Milford, DE 19963
Those interested in employment in the city of Milford, “the Garden City of Twin Counties” (part of Milford is in Sussex County to the south), can find up-to-date information at the city’s website.
Town of Smyrna
27 S. Market Street Plaza
Smyrna, DE 19977
Employment opportunities for Smyrna are posted on the town’s website.
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 Kent 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. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
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’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.