What if I Want to Work for the County?

It is important to stay in school because most jobs in the County Government require at least a high school diploma. If you have an opportunity to attend college, technical school, or trade school, take advantage of that opportunity because the education and experience gained are vital in helping you qualify for a job. You will be in competition with several others applying for the same job.

While in high school, you may be able to work with your guidance counselor to obtain a job shadowing opportunity to help you learn more about different jobs in the County Government.

In addition, most jobs require you to be 18 or older. You would be required to complete a job application. A lot of questions are asked on the job application to help the hiring manager determine your qualifications and previous experience.

If, on your application, you say you have a college degree or you worked a certain job, the information will be checked out by County staff before you are hired to be sure you have been truthful.

Try your best to obey the law, and stay out of trouble. The County staff checks your criminal history to help determine whether you can work in the job for which you are applying.

Manatee County Government is a drug-free workplace. You are required to pass a drug test before being hired for certain jobs.

If you are offered an interview, come prepared. Use proper dress and grooming standards. Learn as much about the job as you can. Answer questions honestly. Even if you have a criminal record -- be honest.

When you start the job, read the policies and learn the rules. Arrive at work on time and put in an honest day's work. Talk to your supervisor about how you can be successful.

If you don't like the job, look for another opportunity. It's best to find another job before quitting the one you have. When you are ready to leave, write a brief letter of resignation, and give advance notice, if possible.