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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 examination The 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 examin

2021 IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits

For 2021, retirement account contribution limits will remain the same as they were in 2020. Normally, tax-payers have up until the tax-filing deadline to make prior year contributions to Roth and Traditional IRAs. The deadline to file 2020 taxes is Thursday, April 15, 2021. For 2020 and 2021, 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. 2021 Contribution Limits for Retirement Accounts Employment 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 retirement planning program that offers 401(k) and 457(b)retirement accounts. These accounts are funded through automatic payroll deductions, and are a great way to save additional money for retirement.