In Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties
Western Ohio is part of the Till Plains, which include Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties. The Till Plains are characterized by soil that is deep and fertile, making it ideal for agriculture, and the state’s food and agricultural cluster accounts for 14 percent of Ohio jobs, but whether you’re in agribusiness, manufacturing, technology, logistics or a service industry, you’ll be in good company here.
Ohio has been a leading manufacturing state since the mid-1800s. During the last two decades of the 20th century, Ohio became the nation’s leader in machine-tool manufacturing, the second-leading steel producer and a pioneer in oil refining. Installation of new oil pipelines has boosted the demand for steel throughout the state, and domestic oil and gas production is projected to create 1.1 million jobs in related manufacturing sectors like steel over the next few years. Manufacturing contributed $106 billion to Ohio’s total economic output of $625 billion in 2016 — a
16.9 percent share. Manufacturing isn’t the only thing driving Ohio’s economy. Food production is also big business in the Buckeye State.
Ohio has long been a state that supported small businesses and entrepreneurs. The state is home to Development Services Agency, which includes the Community Development Corporation Economic Development Program. This program encourages entrepreneurship; creates and retains long-term, private-sector jobs; and enables community and economic development investment in underserved neighborhoods throughout the state. Eligible individuals and businesses may apply for funds from either of these programs:
- Microenterprise Business Development Program: Funding to provide training, technical assistance and business loans to low- and moderate-income Ohioans interested in establishing or expanding microenterprise businesses.
- Community Development Finance Fund Program: Funds for community and economic development programs benefiting low- and moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.
The median age in these five counties ranges from 37 in Greene County to 40 in Miami and Preble counties, meaning the workforce skews older and more experienced. Median household income in Clark County is $44,154; $61,116 in Greene County; $53,423 in Miami County; $45,394 in Montgomery County; and $51,356 in Preble County, according to the U.S.
Rail and Transit Access
Centrally located in the East North Central Division of the Midwest, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is about 120 miles from Indianapolis, 215 miles from Detroit, 245 miles from Pittsburgh and 150 miles from Lexington, Kentucky.
Many major east-west transportation corridors go through Ohio. One of those pioneer routes, known in the early 20th century as Main Market Route 3, was chosen in 1913 to become part of the historic Lincoln Highway that was the first road across America, connecting New York City to San Francisco. In Ohio, the Lincoln Highway linked many towns and cities, including Canton, Mansfield, Wooster, Lima and Van Wert. The Lincoln Highway’s arrival in Ohio was a major influence on the development of the state. Upon the advent of the federal numbered highway system in 1926, the Lincoln Highway through Ohio became U.S. Route 30.
Ohio also is home to 228 miles of the Historic National Road, now U.S. Route 40, and has a highly developed network of roads and interstate highways. Major east-west routes include the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) in the north, I-76 through Akron to Pennsylvania, I-70 through Columbus and Dayton, and the Appalachian Highway (state Route 32) running from West Virginia to Cincinnati. Major north-south routes include I-75 in the west through Toledo, Dayton and Cincinnati, I-71 through the middle of the state from Cleveland through Columbus and Cincinnati into Kentucky, and I-77 in the eastern part of the state from Cleveland through Akron, Canton, New Philadelphia and Marietta down into West Virginia. Interstate 75 between Cincinnati and Dayton is one of the heaviest-traveled sections of interstate in Ohio.
Ohio also has a highly developed network of state bicycle routes. Many of them follow rail trails, with conversion ongoing. The Ohio to Erie Trail (Route 1) connects Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. U.S. Bicycle Route 50 traverses Ohio from Steubenville to the Indiana state line outside Richmond.
Ohio is blessed with a rich and varied landscape — from rolling foothills, deep forests and parklands to flat, fertile farmland. For the past 200 years, the state’s natural beauty and rich natural resources have played pivotal roles in its economic and cultural development. Since the 1800s, more than 3 billion tons of coal have been mined in Ohio. In 2016, Ohio had over 50,000 natural gas and crude oil wells producing in 49 of Ohio’s 88 counties, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. That year, Ohio produced 18 million barrels of crude oil and 1.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, a state record. As of 2016, sawtimber volume on timberland totaled 51.1 billion board feet, a 2.1 percent increase since 2011, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, 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.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
4020 E. Fifth Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215 888-296-7541
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a wide range of assistance for Ohioans seeking work or to hire workers. This includes employment and training assistance, guidance for young people, grants for dislocated workers, an incentive program, labor market information, help for veterans and more. Visit the website for additional information about these services and how to access them.
State of Ohio
Employment opportunities with the state of Ohio are posted online. Search by category, department or location, then apply online.
50 E. Columbia St.
Springfield, OH 45501 937-521-2005
Clark County’s website has jobs posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download along with submission instructions. You can also view developmental disabilities job postings and state of Ohio job postings.
Jobs and Family Services
541 Ledbetter Road
Xenia, OH 45385 937-562-6000
Jobs are posted by category, department and date. Benefits and salary information are included for most positions, and you can apply online. For help or support, visit www.governmentjobs.com/Home/ApplicationGuide.
201 W. Main St.
Troy, OH 45373 937-440-5900
Miami County’s website has jobs posted online with benefits information, and applications and submission instructions are available for download.
Human Resources Department
451 W. Third St., Ninth Floor
Dayton, OH 45422 937-225-4018
Montgomery County uses an online applicant tracking system. Applications must be submitted online. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download with submission instructions.
101 E. Main St.
Eaton, OH 45320 937-456-8143
Visit Preble County’s website for a list of current job opportunities. Information to apply for available positions is posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download.
City of Beavercreek
1368 Research Park Drive
Beavercreek, OH 45432 937-426-5100
Visit the city’s website to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process. You can also subscribe to job posting notifications.
City of Centerville
Human Resources Department
100 W. Spring Valley Road
Centerville, OH 45458 937-433-7151
From the main menu on city’s website, click “Departments” then “Human Resources” to view job openings and download the city’s application for employment.
City of Dayton
101 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45402 937-496-6720
Visit the City of Dayton’s online employment center to view job opportunities and to register for a profile, which can be used to apply for positions online and to indicate qualifications for future employment.
City of Fairborn
Human Resources Division
44 W. Hebble Ave.
Fairborn, OH 45324 937-754-3021
Visit Fairborn’s webpage for its Department of Human Resources for the city’s job openings and online application. You can also view and apply for volunteer opportunities and fill out a job interest card. Only online applications are accepted.
City of Huber Heights
6131 Taylorsville Road
Huber Heights, OH 45424 937-233-1423
The City of Huber Heights posts current job openings on its website, including links to download applications and to apply for jobs online.
City of Kettering
3600 Shroyer Road
Kettering, OH 45429 937-296-2400
Visit the City of Kettering’s website to view the page for its Human Resources Department. There you will find links to current job opportunities, links to applications and more information about employee benefits and policies.
City of Riverside
5200 Springfield St., Suite 100
Riverside, OH 45431 937-233-1801
The City of Riverside’s website features current city job openings and application forms, which can be submitted via the website, by email or by regular mail to the city manager.
City of Springfield
76 E. High St., Third Floor
Springfield, OH 45502 937-324-7318
Visit Springfield’s website to find open positions, employment resources, positions that were previously open, employment applications and answers to frequently asked questions. A general employment application is available for download, and applications for current open positions can be turned in to the Personnel Department on the third floor of City Hall.
City of Xenia
City Administration Building
107 E. Main St.
Xenia, OH 45385 937-376-7273
Visit the city’s website to access Xenia’s current openings. Unsolicited applications and/or resumes are not accepted. Applications can be downloaded online, or packets can be picked up at City Hall. Completed applications can be emailed, mailed or delivered in person to the Human Resources Department.
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 20 for a list of chambers of commerce in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have different resumes 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 very, very 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.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Civilian Opportunities
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, marina, recreation areas and more (nonappropriated fund positions), visit www.nafjobs.org.
For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/applymyexchange and search for Wright-Patterson.
Ohio Small Business Development Center
The Ohio Small Business Development Center offers small-business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business in the state. Visit www.cantonsbdc.org or contact the center at 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Dayton. Call 330-244-3290 for more information.
Small Business Resources
Learn the steps to start and grow a small business at USA.gov’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.