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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

2023 IRA and 401(k) Contribution Limits

For 2023, retirement account contribution limits will increase from 2022 amounts. Retirement accounts include Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans among others. State employees have access to 401(k) and 457 plans through Savings Plus. 2023 Contribution Limits for Retirement Accounts Employment with the State of California offers many great benefits. Among those benefits is the guaranteed retirement income state employees earn through the CalPERS pension system. But there is another form of retirement planning the State makes available to its employees. Savings Plus is a 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. The California Job Blog has a more in-depth article about Savings Plus , how these account work and the investment options available to State employees. The purpos