Job Tips

Find Your Interests

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you do well?
  • What challenges you?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Who do you admire?
  • What have you always wanted to try?
  • What are your proudest accomplishments?
  • What is your favorite class?
  • If you could do any job for a day, what would it be?

Build Your Skills

  • Volunteer with local organizations in your field of interest
  • Get a basic job: babysitting, washing dishes, yard work, etc.
  • Take training: first aid, CPR, etc.
  • Get involved in clubs, music, sports, church, etc.

Look for Jobs

  • Visit different websites and sign up for free job announcements.
  • Check job sites regularly
  • Look for flyers or talk to people at organizations that you would like to work for. Let them know you want to work there
  • Find the job descriptions for the jobs you want and study them
  • Check your school's counseling center for any job resources or upcoming job fairs

Build Your Portfolio

  • Buy a nice portfolio at an office supplies store
  • Write a one-page resume
  • Write a one-page list of references
  • Write a one-page cover letter. Adapt it to each job you apply for
  • Make copies of past work, job evaluations, awards, etc.
  • Get letters of reference from teachers, bosses, etc.
  • Create a LinkedIn account


  • Write a draft application. Type up your final draft and have people edit it
  • If you email your application in, call after one week to make sure they got it

Applying specifically at EBRPD

  • Follow all directions precisely.
  • Go to to complete your online application.
  • Tailor your responses to the application materials with the actual job you are applying for in mind.
  • Answer all questions on the application honestly and completely, including any criminal history.
  • Account for all your work history during the last ten years that are relevant to the job you are applying for, including volunteer experiences
  • If there is a supplemental statement, please complete and attach it to the application
  • Proofread the application to ensure dates are accurate and spelling and grammar are correct
  • Ask others to review your application for you as well
  • Submit the application well before the deadline. Do not wait until the last minute.
  • Make a copy of the application materials for your own files and reference.
  • Contact Human Resources at (510) 544-2154 or visit this website link that answers frequently asked questions:


  • When they call/email you for an interview, thank them!
  • Prepare your portfolio and bring extra copies of your resume and references
  • Dress nice! You don't have to overdress though
  • Double check the directions and get there 10 minutes early. Drink water and use the bathroom before!
  • During the interview, relax, breathe, make eye contact, and take your time. It's ok to be nervous. Just be you
  • The day after the interview, send a thank-you email