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Welcome to the California Job Blog!

Welcome! We can assume that you've landed here because you're interested in working for the State of California. If that's the case, then you're in the right place. The California Job Blog was started in early 2018 by Jay Davis . Jay has been working for the State of California for 6 years, 5 of which have been spent in human resources as a specialist in hiring and recruiting. Among Jay's specialties is helping people navigate the State's hiring process. After years of working to hire people for State jobs, two things became very clear. One, the State's hiring process can be very confusing and two, the resources people need to make it less confusing are very hard to find. He started this blog to help fix those problems. Here you'll find the information and resources needed to be competitive and successful as you search for employment with the State. We hope to provide answers to the most common questions asked by job-seekers, as well as insight in
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2021 CalPERS Pay Days

2021 Northern California CalPERS Pay Dates Month Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date January 01/29/2021 02/01/2021 February 02/26/2021 03/01/2021 March 03/30/2021 04/01/2021 April 04/29/2021 04/30/2021 May 05/28/2021 06/01/2021 June 06/29/2021 07/01/2021 July 07/29/2021 07/30/2021 August 08/30/2021 09/01/2021 September 09/30/2021 10/01/2021 October 10/29/2021 11/01/2021 November 11/29/2021 12/01/2021 December 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 2021 Southern California and Out of State CalPERS Pay Dates Month Mailing Date Direct Deposit Date January 01/28/2021 02/01/2021 February 02/25/2021 03/01/2021 March 03/29/2021 04/01/2021 April 04/28/2021 04/30/2021 May 05/27/2021 06/01/2021 June 06/28/2021 07/01/2021 July 07/28/2021 07/3

2021 State of California Pay Days

Monthly Paid Employees Month Pay Day Direct Deposit Date January 01/29/2021 02/01/2021 February 03/01/2021 03/02/2021 March 03/30/2021 04/01/2021 April 04/30/2021 05/03/2021 May 05/28/2021 06/01/2021 June 06/30/2021 07/01/2021 July 07/30/2021 08/02/2021 August 08/31/2021 09/01/2021 September 09/30/2021 10/01/2021 October 11/01/2021 11/02/2021 November 12/01/2021 12/02/2021 December 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 Semi-Monthly Paid Employees Month First Half Pay Day Second Half Pay Day January 01/18/2021 01/29/2021 February 02/16/2021 03/01/2021 March 03/16/2021 03/30/2021 April 04/16/2021 04/30/2021 May 05/17/2021 05/28/2021 Ju

2021 California State Holidays

The table below is a list of holidays in California for 2021. The next paid holiday for State of California employees is Wednesday, March 31 st for Cesar Chavez Day. Enjoy the holiday! 2021 State of California Employee Holidays Holiday Day New Year's Day Friday, January 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January18 Presidents' Day Monday, February 15 Cesar Chavez Day Wednesday, March 31 Memorial Day Monday, May 31 Independence Day Monday, July 5* Labor Day Monday, September 6 Veterans Day Thursday, November 11 Thanksgiving Thursday, November 25 Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 26 Christmas Day Saturday, December 25** *With July 4 falling on a Sunday, the holiday is observed Monday, July 5 **With Christmas falling on a Saturday, State employees will receive holiday credit Notes On Holidays New Year’s Day – January 1 st Martin Luther King Jr. Day – 3 rd Monday in January President's Day – 3 rd Monday in February Ce

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Things are strange for State of California employees right now. Many of us are working from and almost all of us are facing a pay decrease that might last for two years. Here you'll find some information on what is going on and how if affects us as state employees. Stay strong and safe! Resources, updates and information for State of California Employees Employee Assistance Program The first thing we want make sure all state employees are aware of is our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Hopefully all of your departments are giving you plenty of info on this valuable benefit, but if not, here is a quick summary. All State employees and their eligible dependents have access to EAP. Whether you're feeling anxious about the pandemic or you're facing a financial difficulty, EAP can connect you with the counselors or resources to help you better manage. Their website has a lot of great video and articles, too. You can find more information at: .

State of California Hiring Questions and Answers

Here you'll find answers to some of the most common questions we receive in State of California hiring units. There isn't a theme here, just a random collection of the frequent questions we receive. 1) Do I have to take an exam to get a State of California Job? In almost all cases, you'll need to take an exam to get a state government job in California. An exam is generally considered to be the first step in the hiring process. By passing an exam, a candidate becomes eligible for that classification. After passing an exam you are able to apply for vacant positions. There are, however, a few exceptions. The State has a number of non-testing classifications. One of the most common among these is Student Assistant . Student Assistant positions do not require candidates to have eligibility which means they don't have to take an exam. There are still minimum qualifications for the classification, however. Other non-testing classifications in the State of California