How to get a California state job
Thinking about looking for a job with the state of California in 2016? You may want to read these “How to get a state job” posts that appeared on The State Worker blog in 2015. Every day, California government officials are looking for people to fill thousands of full-time vacancies.
How do you find a job when you don’t know what it’s called? You want to be a writer. The state calls that job an “editorial technician.” You’d like to be a lifeguard. The state is looking for a “State Park Peace Officer Cadet.” Learning the arcane language of California’s state-government job titles can be a daunting task. Here’s help.
The jobs that pop up when someone types a term into the jobs.ca.gov search engine are not necessarily open to the public. People already in the state application system, who have taken an “exam” to qualify them for a class of positions, can send their resume for a listing that falls into that class. But newcomers have to wait for an exam offering specific to the type of job they want so they can get into the system. There’s a reason for the state’s job gate-keeping: the exam system is part of a constitutionally required process designed to ensure that state hiring is based on merit. Learn the insider quirks involved in the exam process.
There aren’t many jobs that offer inexperienced employees a salary and benefits while also giving them training for a lifelong career. Here’s advice for finding state jobs that don’t require a four-year degree or full-time experience.
Here’s a look at some jobs with varying levels of experience required, as well as five tips for taking the exams required to apply for state jobs. (Remember this was published in mid-2015, so the specific job info isn’t current.)
The Sacbee state pay database at sacbee.com/statepay allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to eight years of their pay history. Search by name or department.