The State Worker

How to get promoted, make more money as a California state worker

Getting a promotion can be great for your career and your wallet. Katie Hagen with the California Department of Human Resources offered a few tips on how to best prepare yourself for the next step. There will likely be plenty of promotional opportunities available in the near future as baby boomers leave the workforce. Hagen said the state is “very concerned about a knowledge loss as folks retire.”

Dig up your CalCareer account

Those interested in promoting can search for a position they want on the California State Jobs website. Then, state employees can sign in to their CalCareer account, which they likely used to apply for their current position. Through their CalCareer account, employees can sign up to receive e-notifications when departments post certain job listings. Those applying for promotions can also upload application documents and resumes to their account.

Hit the books

State employees can take career development classes through CalHR to hone the skills necessary to qualify for a desired position. Aspiring managers can browse through the full menu of classes and register for upcoming courses on CalHR’s website. One course, titled “Supervision Readiness,” is intended to expose state employees to the responsibilities of management.

Ask about a job rotation

Some departments offer opportunities for employees to swap positions with another person for a period of time. This can be an opportunity to try out working in a different area without a permanent commitment. For more formal temporary job training and development rotations, employees can hold the jobs for up to two years and return to their original positions after the stint is over. Employees can ask about rotation opportunities at their department’s human resources office.

If you have your eye on a specific job and want to know how much the person currently in the position makes, check out the Bee’s state worker salary database. The State Worker has also compiled tips on how to get a state job in general and how to get one with little experience.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs