South Carolina’s government is trying to lure the best candidates to apply for state jobs.
The Department of Administration Tuesday launched the first-ever recruitment website for careers in Palmetto State agencies.
“To help people across the state, and even outside of the state, understand what it means to work for state government in South Carolina,” spokeswoman Kelly Coakley said. “And to really change the perception of what people may think about working for the state. To help attract and to help retain more employees to offer their skillsets on behalf of the state but also to enjoy the many benefits that come from working for state government.”
The website has jobs with defined career paths ranging from accounting to zoology. Currently about 1,400 of those jobs are waiting to be filled.
Coakley said the opportunities include the potential for professional growth and advancement, such as management training.
“When you come to work for the state there’s a lot of opportunities for career growth and to progress in your career regardless of what stage you’re in your career when you enter government service,” she said. “There are several agencies that on a regular basis offer training to help their employees further enhance the skill sets they have and also to acquire new skill sets.”
The website is an effort to attract more applicants to public jobs, where benefits are strong but pay has grown slowly in a tough political environment.
“State employees provide many services that benefit their neighbors every day,” Department of Administration executive director Marcia Adams said in a statement. “From the information technology and security specialists who enhance the security of state systems and data, to the troopers who patrol South Carolina highways, to the biologists who help protect ecosystems during road construction projects, there is no better way to make a difference and love what you do than to work for the state of South Carolina.”
Employee benefits include health and dental insurance from day one, vision plan, long-term disability, term life insurance, flexible spending account, retirement plan, and a leave package that includes 15 days paid, 15 sick days and 13 paid holidays.
“The benefits cannot be matched in any other sector,” Coakley said. “That kind of leave package really allows employees to have that kind of work-life balance that a lot of people are looking for regardless of what stage they are in life. It allows them opportunities to spend more time with families and to pursue other interests they may have outside of work and you really can’t find that anywhere else.”
Coakley said current in-demand jobs include information technology, healthcare, building and grounds maintenance, administration, construction, corrections, engineering, human services, law enforcement and auditors. Some positions are entry-level and some do not require a bachelor’s degree.
“No matter where you are in your career, there’s an opportunity for you here,” she said. “And there’s an opportunity for you to contribute and to grow and excel and make a difference in our state.”