Job hunters, we recommend you don’t overlook the wide range of good jobs and satisfying career opportunities at the Cities and Counties around the SF Bay Area region.
If you’re looking for a job in San Francisco, one great place to start is the San Francisco Human Services Agency (sfdhr.org) or
There, they will help you get set up and listed in the City and County of San Francisco system so that you can hear from them about job opportunities, internships and full time job opportunities to be in a position to be able to consider them.
The Job Forum participates with these programs to help job hunters.
At the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) there are a number of jobseeker services that provide job training programs to residents for entry level positions in high growth industries.
These include construction, healthcare, hospitality and the technology sector. The programs integrate development of skills with support and jobs to place people in growing industries.
We at The Job Forum work with OEWD”s Healthcare Academy and have seen firsthand how they provide education, training and employment assistance to help both beginners and experienced healthcare professionals get the skills they need to become home health aides, medical administrative assistants, certified nursing assistants, medical or dental assistants, emergency techs and more.
The Job Forum works regularly with the TechSF program that OEWD and the non profit organization, JVS, provides for education, training and job assistance to the tech sector. The TechSF program gives opportunities to those interested in a career in technology. (Techsf@ jvs.org) They have TechSF apprenticeships and a connector group called “TechSF Connect” where you can connect directly with tech sector employers. The Job Forum co- hosts and delivers valuable sessions for these initiatives of OEWD and of course The Job Forum has many volunteers who are working in companies around the Bay Area, inside technology companies and inside health care companies.
The Cities and Counties of our Bay Area region offer all sorts of part-time jobs as well as full time jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities
For example, in San Francisco, an example of part time work is that you can be earning money while serving as a poll worker. The next two San Francisco elections that will need poll workers in SF are June 7 and November 8.
City and county governments offer 3 year project employment, temporary positions, part time positions, and lots of full-time career opportunities.
The range of departments to work in is impressive and the professional opportunities for you to consider are as well.
These range from technical and computer and IT responsibilities (for instance in the Dept of Technology or Dept of Public Works or at SFO) to scientific and environmental jobs (in Dept of Public Utililties Commission for water, power, and sewer) or for example you can do planning, real estate, maritime management, finance or engineering in your career at The Port of San Francisco (sfport.com/jobs).
If administrative jobs appeal to you or are your strength, one place to consider working is the Office of the Assessor – Recorder. They are responsible for carrying out property tax related functions. The work of the Assessor’s office is important to the city and to the school district and you can work in careers in operations and property appraisal, in records recording, and transactions and in administrative support.
The first step is to get listed in the HR systems of the cites and counties here in The Bay Area. (You need to apply to be considered).
There are lots of opportunities for young people to learn about career pathways that will lead to stable incomes and interesting careers.
In the future The Job Forum will be creating a careers panel of experts from City and County governments to meet job hunters and and teens in order to make the process of understanding the City and County job opportunities even easier for motivated job hunters!