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The Complete Guide to Getting a Job With the State of California

The Complete Guide to Getting a State of California Job
This is a guide to help you get a job with the State of California. In order to gain employment with the State, you’re going to need to follow several steps. The State of California's hiring process can be a little confusing, but this guide should help you get started. There are a lot of great resources online (like the California Job Blog). The CalHR and CalCareers websites are full of good information about the requirements for positions and the hiring process.
Examination
Eligibility
Vacancies
Apply
Interview
Clearances
Notes

1. Take the examinationThe first step in starting your career with the State of California is to take an examination. An exam is how you obtain eligibility for a classification. There are a few exceptions (described below) but for most people an exam is where the hiring process begins.  All hiring for California State Jobs is merit-based, and merit is determined through the examination process.

The type of ex…

IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the filing deadline for 2019 tax returns has been extended until July 15 of 2020. This means that July 15 is now the date in which filers can make 2019 contributions to Traditional and Roth IRAs.

Normally, tax-payers have up until the tax-filing deadline to make prior year contributions to Roth and Traditional IRAs. But with the tax filing extension, the window to capitalize on the tax advantages of contributing to these retirement accounts is even wider.

For the 2019, taxpayers under 50 can contribute up to a $6,000 to their IRAs - Traditional and Roth Combined. For those over 50, the maximum is increased to $7,000.

2020 Contribution Limits for Retirement AccountsEmployment with the State of California offers many great benefits. Among those benefits is the guaranteed income state employees earn through a CalPERS pension.

But there is another form of retirement planning the State makes available to its employees. Savings Plus is a voluntary voluntary ret…