Whenever you apply for a state examination or transfer
opportunity, you’ll need to complete a state application.
You can usually obtain this form (STD 678) at your personnel
office. Read the announcement to determine if a resume or
supporting documents are required.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) website has some
great resources for Job Seekers in California. You can find
some tools on searching for a job, examples of resume types, job
fairs and workshops, resources on gathering information for the
workforce which may help you determine if certain state
departments are projected to have openings in the years to
A resume can highlight your accomplishments when applying for a
transfer or engaging in interviews. It may give you an edge over
someone who did the bare minimum and only completed the state
Here are some useful sites that offer resources on searching for
a job, changing careers, writing resumes, and cover letters. Some
of the sites are blogs and therefore change over time so check
these pages often.
A potential employer does not usually interview everyone who
applies for the job. You must convince the employer that you are
one of the applicants who should be interviewed. The cover letter
is the means by which you sell yourself to an employer. The cover
letter is in many cases the first impression the employer has of
you. You want that impression to be a good one. Your cover letter
must be typed, neat, organized, and grammatically correct. It
should be printed on good quality bond paper in either ivory or
white. (Use the same type of paper for your resume, so the two
The chronological resume is designed to present your employment
information by date, beginning with the most recent position.
This resume style stresses the positions you have held and the
companies where you have worked. The chronological resume format
is most appropriate for people who can demonstrate an employment
history with no large gaps between jobs. This type of resume is
also good when you are not making a dramatic change in career
A resume is a summary of your experiences, skills, achievements
and successes which are relevant to the field of work you would
like to enter. By highlighting your accomplishments, a resume
“advertises” to a potential employer that you are qualified for
the job you are seeking, and is a means of introducing yourself.
Often, an employer will only spend 30-60 seconds scanning your
resume to determine your qualifications and decide if they are
interested in you. It is important to remember that a resume is
not intended to be a biography or complete history of everything
you have done.