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Entry Level Government Jobs in California - Lewis Robinson - Blog

Entry Level Government Jobs in California

Government work provides many benefits that anyone would like to take advantage of. However, this means that government jobs are in high demand, so you’ll have your work cut out for you even getting an entry level job. If you stick to your guns, you can eventually land an entry level government position in California. Here’s what you need to know.

Finding the Right Position for You

The best way to succeed in any line of work is to find an occupation that works for you. Therefore, it’s important to search diligently for a position that fits your entry level qualifications and sounds like something in which you could excel. The best way to find government work is by using USAJOBS, because it will allow you to create a singular profile that can be used to apply to many different positions. However, you can instead of use CalCareers to limit the scope of your searches to California positions only. Making an account on one or more of these platforms is advised, because the high demand for the roles and the high demands of applicants may result in multiple attempts per applicant, often to multiple positions.

Knowing What To Expect

Government work is necessarily different from other jobs you may have had, and it’s important to understand those differences in order to adjust to them. One thing that’s worth noting in particular is that California break law is not mandated for public, or state, employers. Likewise, daily overtime is a state law, but it’s not legally mandated at the government level. In most cases, the state’s labor laws for the private sector are honored, but this isn’t something you can take for granted. It’s worth noting that there are exceptions to this general rule. In addition, an important distinction is that, where overtime pay is denied, comp time is often used instead. Comp time is essentially paid time off that equals the amount of overtime an employee has worked. This is effectively like getting paid double instead of the standard time and a half, but you’re paid later for work you don’t have to do, instead.

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Understanding Restrictions

There are many ways in which the rules of working for the government differ from working in the private sector that need to be understood if you’re interested in a state job. For example, many US states have legalized or decriminalized marijuana medicinally and/or recreationally. Despite this, the use of marijuana of any kind for any reason remains illegal for government employees. Drug testing is a different story. While random drug screenings used to be fairly commonplace, they’re being reduced or phased out in many industries and in most government jobs. Drug tests are generally only performed if there is a reasonable suspicion of drug use that affects an employee’s performance. However, there is an exception to this rule for certain jobs in which drug use can be expected to interfere with public safety or national security. In these roles, you can expect to be tested randomly with no warning.

It’s important to note that working for the government necessarily means being a representative of the government, and that means that looking professional is a major priority. Business or business casual attire is a must for any government job. Likewise, the standards for grooming and hygiene are at their peak in state occupations. The grooming side of things mostly affects men, and the restrictions are more or less what you’d expect. Men should keep their hair short and neat, and facial hair is generally not approved of, but it is often allowed. The hygiene requirements are fairly simple and fall in line with the majority of jobs in the private sector.

A government job can seem like a dream job to some. The pair is generally quite good, and the work has a higher baseline of importance compared to many entry level positions. However, these roles aren’t given to just anybody, and it takes a dedicated individual to learn what’s required of them and execute on it. These tips can help you prepare yourself to be the ideal applicant.

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