April 5, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) today launched CalCareers.ca.gov (CalCareers), a new user-focused state jobs website aimed at making the search and application process more user friendly and streamlined, especially for those who are new to employment with the State of California.
“Building on CalHR’s strategic goals of providing excellent customer service and leveraging technology, CalCareers provides a substantial upgrade of the existing jobs website, and makes searching and applying for state jobs much easier,” said Richard Gillihan, CalHR Director. “Our state’s workforce will depend on the next generation of Californians heeding the call of public service. This site will help us recruit them by more effectively highlighting the diversity and importance of state careers, while simplifying the process to find and attain employment.”
In addition to an updated look and feel, and improved navigation, several key features have been improved or added. Among them are an audience-based site navigation; improved search functions that produce more relevant results, with more filtering options; and full compatibility with all tablets and smartphones. As with the existing jobs site, applicants will be able to build a personal profile and apply for jobs electronically.
Visitors to the site will now be able to find information geared to their needs with an audience-based navigation. Selecting one of the five icons – new to state service, state employees, veterans, persons with disabilities, or state retirees – will direct job seekers to specially selected information that is most relevant. The icons are displayed prominently on the homepage and at the top of each underlying page.
Job vacancies can be viewed based on area of expertise, career path, or interest. CalCareers also maps all state jobs to federal occupational groupings, so job seekers can more easily find the positions they are looking for, in the career field they want.
The job search function allows users to filter the results by department, job categories, location, salary range and more. Results can also be sorted by relevancy, date, salary or title. The improved geographical search page displays a map of California with the number of job postings in each county, and will display job details by clicking on a specific county.
CalCareers was built with a responsive design, meaning it is fully compatible with almost all mobile devices. Users can harness the full function of the site to search, find and apply for a state job from their tablet or smartphone.
The site also has a spotlight section that gives CalHR and individual state departments the ability to advertise important information, like hard to fill positions, on the homepage.
CalCareers replaces jobs.ca.gov, the current state jobs website. Existing account holders of jobs.ca.gov will see no interruption to their profiles. All account information, including application templates and contact information, will be retained on CalCareers, and accessed using the same User ID and password. CalHR is responsible for all issues related to employee salaries and benefits, job classifications, civil rights, training, exams, recruitment and retention. For most employees, many of these matters are determined through the collective bargaining process managed by CalHR. CalHR was created on July 1, 2012, by Governor Brown's Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 2011. The reorganization plan consolidated the State of California's two personnel departments, combining the Department of Personnel Administration with certain programs of the State Personnel Board.
Joe DeAnda, Deputy Director of CommunicationsJoe.DeAnda@calhr.ca.gov