In Yuba County
California’s Central Valley, which includes Yuba County, is home to the majority of the United States’ agricultural production. Most of Yuba County’s residents can be found west of the mountains on the valley floor. In this area there is a great deal of agriculture business, especially fruit orchards, rice fields and cattle grazing. According to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., the gross value of the county’s agricultural production for 2016 was nearly $215 million. The top crops were walnuts ($65 million), rice ($38 million), prunes ($24 million) and peaches ($23 million).
Beale Air Force Base is the largest employer in Yuba County. Other growing business sectors include health care and social assistance, public administration and education services.
The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. provides resources to help local businesses prosper. Its website has information and resources on business financing, site identification, workforce development and training, the local labor market, local demographics and more. Visit the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. online at www.ysedc.org.
The median age in the county is about 32 years old, meaning the workforce skews younger. Median household income in Yuba County is $48,739, according to the U.S. Census. State income tax rates range from 1 percent to 12.3 percent. For more information, visit the California Franchise Tax Board at www.ftb.ca.gov.
Rail and Transit Access
Yuba County’s state routes 20, 49, 65 and 70 provide ample transportation avenues for local businesses. The county is also near to interstates 80 and 5, the Sacramento International Airport and the Inland Port of Sacramento. The county itself has two airports: the Yuba County Airport, which can accommodate freight carriers, jet air carriers and other general aviation aircraft, as well as a privately owned airport with public access. The county is connected to the nation’s railways system via the Union Pacific Railroad and has local bus service and commuting options as well.
Beyond its vast agricultural production, Yuba County exhibits considerable biodiversity. In fact, according to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., ecological studies suggest Yuba County is the most biodiverse single county in the contiguous United States. In particular, there are many flowering plant species. National protected areas within the county include portions of the Plumas National Forest and Tahoe National Forest. There are also extensive natural areas consisting of forestation, grassland, riparian and other habitats.
Beale Air Force Base
Beale AFB has a huge economic impact on the Yuba-Sutter Community. According to the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp., in fiscal 2015 the base supported 4,926 military personnel, 1,339 civilians and 5,118 dependents with a total payroll of more than $323 million. Beale spent more than $160 million in local contracts in 2015. A total of 1,778 jobs were created with an estimated annual dollar value of $77.6 million.
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.
California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
800 Capitol Mall, MIC-55
Sacramento, CA 95814 916-653-9900
The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency coordinates workforce programs by overseeing seven major agencies dealing with agricultural and industrial labor relations, employment and workforce development, employment training, public employment relations and unemployment insurance appeals. The website also serves as a one-stop integrated employment and training service, with special information for veterans.
State of California
Employment opportunities with the state of California are posted online. Search by category or location and apply online.
915 Eighth St., Suite 113
Marysville, CA 95901 530-749-7860
Apply for Yuba County jobs or create an employment interest card through the county’s Human Resources and Organizational Services website.
City of Marysville
526 C St.
Marysville, CA 95901 530-749-3903
The Administrative Services Department manages the city’s personnel and human resources services. Visit the department’s website and click on the “City Jobs” tab to see available job openings in Marysville.
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 16 for info about the chambers of commerce in Yuba 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.
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.
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Beale.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, child care, recreation areas and more, visit Beale’s human resources website at www.bealefss.com/naf-human-resources.html.
For base exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at https://tinyurl.com/ycsnrcyc.
Small Business Development Centers of California
Small Business Development Centers offer small business resources and workshops for those looking to start a business. Visit www.californiasbdc.org.
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.