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.
265 N.E. Kettle St., Suite 102
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
WorkSource Washington is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that deliver an array of employment and training services for job seekers and employers. Customers access services electronically through https://worksourcewa.com or through a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites statewide.
Washington State Employment Security Department
212 Maple Park Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
The Washington State Employment Security Department is the state’s largest and most comprehensive employment resource. Services include job listings, occupational information, job training programs and a host of specialized services for veterans, displaced workers and other targeted populations. For young people seeking employment in the region, the Youth at Work website provides job search information, as well as tips on resume writing and other resources.
State of Washington
Employment opportunities with Washington State are posted online. Search by category, department or location, then apply online. Find employment assistance, look for internships or sign up for the Federal Job Corps Program here as well.
1 N.E. Seventh St.
Coupeville, WA 98239
Island County is among the Top 10 employers in the county. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are submitted online. Call the Human Resources Department at 360-678-7919 with any questions.
Town of Coupeville
4 N.E. Seventh St.
Coupeville, WA 98239
From the main menu on town’s website, click “Job Openings and Civil Service Eligibility” to connect with job opportunities.
City of Langley
112 Second St.
Langley, WA 98260
From the main menu on city’s website, click “Residents” then “City of Langley Jobs” to view job openings.
City of Oak Harbor
865 S.E. Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
From the main menu on city’s website, go to “Residents,” then click on “Employment” in the drag-down menu to access links to Oak Harbor’s job openings, Island County’s employment opportunities and other job resources.
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 19 for a list of chambers of commerce in Island County.
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. 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 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 also 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.
NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND CIVILIAN OPPORTUNITIES
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at NAS Whidbey Island, or call the human resources office at 360-257-2979.
For information about service jobs, including openings in lodging, marina, recreation areas and more (non-appropriated fund positions), visit http://whidbey.navylifepnw.com/welcome-aboard/area-resources/employment-resources.
Search for jobs at Whidbey Island’s Navy Exchange and Navy Lodge at www.mynavyexchange.com/work4us.
Washington State Small Business Development Center
The Washington State Small Business Development Center offers small-business resources for those looking to start a business. Visit http://wsbdc.org for more information.
In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the creation of BusinessUSA, a one-stop platform for small businesses to get the services they need to make good hires and to grow. The service now offers personalized information, a Training Portal with nearly 200 online classes, videos and chat transcripts, and links on how to start a business, obtain financing, look into exporting, expand, find opportunities, learn about health care changes, be aware of taxes and credits, get help with hires, and ferret out regulations and green opportunities. BusinessUSA is especially interested in increasing ownership among veterans, women, the socially and economically disadvantaged, Native Americans and Alaska Natives.