Don’t Forget About City and Government Job Opportunities
When job hunting, most of us think of job opportunities that are available through conventional companies, whether small or large, and we forget that our cities, counties and states all operate because they have paid employees.
Job opportunities through local or state governments can be excellent ways to start a career that brings a sense of stability, along with some very nice perks in the way of good insurance, paid time off, retirement accounts, flexible hours and steady raises.
The other benefit of looking at government jobs when you’re conducting your job search is that even though government offices and agencies may do some cutting back during difficult economic times, they still need employees to get the work of the government done. This includes everything from administration to street maintenance, so people with all types of skill sets are needs by city, local and state governments.
It’s often thought that government jobs are low paying jobs. While it’s certainly possible that you may not make quite as much at a government jobs as if you were to do the same work for a big corporation, the pay is still respectable and again, it’s the great perks and relative stability that many people find alluring about working for a government entity.
One great perk about permanent government jobs is that employees enjoy regular pay raises that are usually established and based on performance, meaning that if you’re doing your job well, you can count on that raise at a certain time – you don’t have to go to your boss on bended knee asking for a raise.
Insurance benefits are also an attractive perks of government job opportunities. Insurance is usually fairly comprehensive and paid for in full, or almost in full by the employer. In this day and age when many companies don’t offer insurance to even their full-time employees, this is a big deal!
Many government jobs come with some flexibility regarding work schedules, and most offer paid time off, vacation time and sick days to employees. Again, these are perks that are not so easily found these days.
Finally, retirement accounts that are often partially funded by the government entity are a valuable perk that brings benefits to the employee well beyond the time that he or she is gainfully employed.
When you’re searching for new job opportunities, don’t forget that your skill set may fit very well into a job with your local, county or state government. Considering the amount of jobs that must be handled by governments and their agencies, a government job, and the great perks it offers, might be perfect for you!