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 workshops, 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.
Ongoing, online learning experiences
CSS offers open enrollment virtual workshops on a variety of career related topics.
All workshops are only available to King County employees, including those facing layoff, 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 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 60-minute, VIRTUAL, small group workshop is designed to provide mock interview practice and feedback sessions using the STAR-LA method. This workshop is ideal for participants who have attended the Strategic Interviewing Tips and Techniques workshop, have reviewed the STAR-LA method, or have watched the 10 minute STAR-LA video.
Employee Career Resources
Listed below are documents, useful links and online tools to help you develop your career in public service.
- Application Materials - Purpose & Tips (PDF)
- Application Form – Check List & Examples (PDF)
- Resume Template & Checklist (PDF)
- Resume Components & Best Practices (PDF)
- PAR (Problem-Action-Result) Accomplishments & Examples (PDF)
- Action Verbs for Resume (PDF)
- Sample Resumes
- Cover Letter Template and Tips (PDF)
- Sample Cover Letters
Individuals can use the Individual Development Plan (IDP) to chart a path to their desired career goal. Individuals can choose whether to enlist their supervisor’s support in achieving their career aspirations.
Supervisors can use the IDP to enhance their employee’s knowledge, skills, and competencies in their current position, prepare them to take on other bodies of work, or for career advancement. Supervisors can also use the IDP to 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.
IDPs are not:
- Fixed in Stone. IDP goals and activities can be changed as long as all involved agrees.
- Performance Appraisals. A performance appraisal looks back on past performance while an IDP 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 IDP’s are used 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 support the employee in pursuing their goals.
- Use Transferable Skills to Pivot Your Career (PDF)
- Networking & Information Interviewing (PDF)
- King County job titles and summary descriptions: Comprehensive description of the general duties, responsibilities and required knowledge and skills for all of King County’s job classifications including a link to the current pay rates for each of these job classifications.
- 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.
- LinkedIn hosts more than 600 million professional profiles and provides a nearly unlimited ability to network, research companies, keep track of your contacts, receive alerts to new job opportunities, establish credibility in your field, and maintain your personal brand. Almost 90% of recruiters use the platform to locate and learn more about job candidates.
View our development opportunities to help you advance your career at King County:
- Administrative Professionals Program: Administrative professionals serve in crucial roles in every King County agency. This program is a platform for administrative professionals to collaborate, network and learn from one another, to develop skills, grow their career, and build the community everyone depends on.
- King County Affinity Groups: These groups are a great opportunity to enhance your professional growth, become part of a community, and support King County’s equity and social justice priorities.
- KC e-Learning: Over 1,000 online learning courses to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Check out the Selling You, Career Enhancement, 10 Things Not to Do in An Interview, Becoming an Asset series of courses.
- Mentorship Program: Provides employees with the opportunity to develop beneficial partnerships that encourages professional and personal development in powerful ways. Being a mentor can improve an individual’s coaching skills, build influence and contribute to the success of the County.