Although Hawaii’s unemployment rate has been among the nation’s lowest for several years, finding the right jobs for family members can pose a challenge. On the other hand, relocated military dependents often bring with them special skills and experience attractive to Hawaii employers.
Each branch of military service operates a Family Community Service Center, which provides employment and job-seeker support. Most branches tend to offer internal positions before referring individuals to outside sources.
In Hawaii there is a residential requirement for state employment but not for federal jobs.
For a listing of federal jobs, including civilian openings in the service branches, consult USAJOBS, the official job site of the U.S. federal government: www.usajobs.gov.
State licenses are required for certain professional and vocational occupations. Licensing is administered by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), www.cca.hawaii.gov.
The Joint Employment Management System (JEMS) is an employment program funded by Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hawaii but open to all eligible military ID card holders. JEMS has an online job bank that links military community job seekers with employers in the state of Hawaii. JEMS lists positions on all the main Hawaiian Islands. On the JEMS website you can search for jobs, post your resume and receive notification when new jobs are posted.
The JEMS Job Fair is held every September on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. It is the largest military job fair in Hawaii and has been held annually since 1987. More than 100 employers attend with local, mainland and international jobs.
For more information, call 808-474-1999.
Registering with a local employment firm can be an excellent shortcut to both permanent and temporary employment. One application and one interview with an agency can get you considered for multiple job opportunities, including those that may not be advertised publicly.
Securing temporary employment or contract assignments through an agency can also be very helpful in learning firsthand about various employers, work environments and career opportunities in the islands. Employment agency services are free to job seekers; the client company pays for the service when a candidate is placed successfully.
The state’s largest job fairs, Job Quest and WorkForce, are held three times each year at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Sponsored by ALTRES Staffing and presented by Success Advertising, this series of annual events puts job seekers in direct contact with hundreds of local employers: www.successhi.com/job-quest/hawaii-largest-job-fair.
The Army Community Service’s “Employment Resource” guide is a valuable resource for all military families in Hawaii: www.himwr.com/work-a-career-centers.Dressing for Job Interviews
Business dress in Hawaii is somewhat different from business dress in mainland locations. For men a crisp, business “aloha” shirt tucked into dress slacks with a matching belt is generally appropriate for employment interviews in Hawaii. However, a conservative dark navy, gray or charcoal two-piece business suit or conservative sports coat with a crisp, white, long-sleeve, button-down dress shirt is also acceptable.
For women, even though “business aloha” attire is sometimes worn on the job, a skirt suit (dark navy, gray or charcoal) is recommended for most job interviews. This is safer than pants suits. Other conservative colors, such as beige or brown, are also acceptable. Skirt length should be a little below the knee and never shorter than above the knee.Military-Related Employment Resources
Hawaii Military Employment
Military Spouse Career Center
Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Army on Hawaii
ACS Work & Career Centers
Navy on Oahu
Look for the Military & Family Support Center under the “Families” tab.Hawaii Job Resources
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) provides a website full of resources at www.hirenethawaii.com.
A free online classified posting site at
Tech Jobs Hawaii
Hawaii Jobs on Demand
www.hawaiijobsondemand.comLocal Daily Newspapers with Employment Ads
Hawaii Tribune Herald (Hilo, Hawaii)
West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
Maui News (Maui)
The Garden Island (Kauai)