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No degree, little experience? California has a state job for you

How to get a California state job with little experience

Are you new to the work force or just out of high school? Get the best tips on how to get a state job with little experience, courtesy of job consultant Michelle Allen and The Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz, author of The State Worker blog.
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Are you new to the work force or just out of high school? Get the best tips on how to get a state job with little experience, courtesy of job consultant Michelle Allen and The Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz, author of The State Worker blog.

Medical benefits for you, your family and in your retirement years. A pension. A lifetime career.

Few private-sector employers offer those incentives to employees with college degrees and loads of experience. And if you’re coming into the workforce with a high school degree and little work history? Forget it.

Government service, however, is a completely different animal. The State of California, for example, has many job classifications that don’t require a college degree and accept applicants with little to no work experience. While they are definitely entry level, they come with the same benefits that a 30-year state executive receives.

Another sweetener, as job consultant Michelle Allen points out in this video, is that once you’re in the system and gain experience, you can promote up and earn more.

More good news: If you’re a veteran, the state gives you extra credit in the application process in recognition of your service. And if you’re just out of school and inexperienced, the state really, really needs you. More than half of California’s state workforce is 45 and older; only 20 percent is under the age of 35.

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