Career Support Services
King County’s goal to become the best-run government in the nation can only happen through developing our most essential asset – YOU.
Career Support Services (CSS) provide a variety of virtual career development services and workshops using Skype and Zoom, along with on-line resources to support you in achieving your career goals so you can do the great work we know you want to do.
CSS can customize our virtual workshops to assist departments with their unique employee career development efforts and to support their employees during times of layoffs.
Contact CSS at CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov.
Information sessions for employees facing a layoff
Employment Transitions - online
King County experts will provide you with important information about the resources and services that are available to employees who are facing a layoff. Topics covered include: Career Support Services, Priority Placement Program, Employee Assistance Program, Making Life Easier Program, Balanced You and Benefits. There will also be time for you to ask questions. This is a voluntary virtual meeting.
Virtual workshops and group coaching
Ongoing, online learning experiences
CSS offers open enrollment virtual workshops on a variety of career related topics.
Current offerings include Creating Effective Application Materials, Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques, and additional offerings are to be created.
All workshops are only available to King County employees, including those facing lay-off, and current participants of King County's Priority Placement Program.
This virtual workshop will provide you tips and strategies on how to make your application materials stand out. Learning objectives include:
- Understanding the purpose of the job application, resume, cover letter and supplemental questions and how to make each of them more effective
- Deciding what to include in your resume and the best format to showcase your qualifications
- How to write a cover letter tailored to the specific position
- Identifying and communicating your transferable skills
- Identifying and showcasing your accomplishments
This workshop will be presented using Zoom.
This virtual workshop will provide you with strategies and tips to help you to do your best during the interview. Learning objectives include:
- How to prepare for a virtual job interview
- The interview structure and types of questions you will be asked
- The STAR-LA method and how to use it to provide organized and complete responses
- General tips and strategies
This workshop will be presented using Zoom.
Virtual Group Coaching
Meet online as a group with a career coach
Participate in a virtual 60-minute group career coaching experience, facilitated by a CSS Career Coach, in which a small group of individuals come together to discuss specific topics, practice techniques, and learn from one another. Topics include:
- Resume Review and Feedback
- Creating PAR Accomplishments for Your Resume
- STAR-LA Interview Method
- Job Search cohort
Virtual Coaching experiences are being developed, and when available, registration information will be provided here.
Employee career resources
Listed below are documents, useful links and online tools to help you develop your career in public service.
The Employee Development Plan (EDP) is a collaborative effort between the employee and their supervisor to support the employee in achieving their career aspirations.
- Chart a career path for the employee by identifying new knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue.
- Support the employee with enhancing proficiency of knowledge, skills and competencies in their current position.
- Facilitate a transfer of knowledge from an employee intending to retire to other employees to increase their ability to compete for the body of work.
EDPs are not:
- Fixed in Stone. As long as both the employee and his/her supervisor agrees, EDP goals and activities can be changed.
- Performance Appraisals. A performance appraisal looks back on past performance while an EDP is an action plan that looks forward.
- Performance Improvement Plans (PIP). The PIP is to correct serious employee performance deficiencies or modify existing behavior issues whereas EDP’s are to enhance the employee’s knowledge, skills and competencies.
- Promises. If conditions change (e.g. time, deadlines and availability of training and budget changes) employees and managers can develop a Plan B to pursue the employee’s goals.
- Sample EDP (.pdf)
- Blank EDP (.doc)
- Employee Development Planning Roles Responsibilities (.pdf)
- Questions for Employee to Ask Supervisors(.pdf)
- Questions for Manager to Ask Employees (.pdf)
View our development opportunities to help you advance your career at King County:
- Administrative Professionals Program: Are you a King County administrative professional looking to improve your skills fluency or develop your career into its next stage? Or maybe you’re a passionate advocate for the recognition and support of those contributing in these critical roles? Learn more about our Administrative Professionals Advisory Committee, its current work, and recognition program.
- Employee Resources and Affinity Groups: These groups are a great opportunity to enhance your professional growth, while supporting our equity and social justice priorities and embodying our “racially just” value.
- King County job titles and summary descriptions: This is a comprehensive list of jobs, their classifications, and general duties and responsibilities.
- Mentoring: Whether you’re a mentor or mentee, mentoring is one of the best ways to learn and develop professionally. Learn more about mentoring at King County.
- Career One Stop – Website providing comprehensive career exploration, training and job search resources, toolkits and links to local service providers.
- Live Career – Another website providing comprehensive job-search resources, services, and up-to-date advice from job search and career experts. Site includes many resume and cover letter examples and templates.
- O'NET online – An interactive application for exploring and searching hundreds of occupations. The database also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments to help people find or change careers.
- WorkSource Seattle-King County Offers a variety of job seeker services and resources. Career Coach, created by the Workforce Development Council and WorkSource, provides the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.