A PROJECT OF THE County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

Resources for Housing and Employment

SDG&E CARE Program
Provides a discount on gas and electricity to low income clients.

SBC Universal Lifeline Service
Provides basic telephone services at half price of basic residence service to low income clients.

Center for Social Change
619) 444-5700 1068 Broadway, Ste 221
El Cajon, CA 92021

Tenants Legal Center
(858) 571-7100 24-hour hotline (858) 571-1166


State of California Division of Workers’ Compensation


If you are injured or become ill on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

1. Talk with your employer or contact the information service center listed below.

2. Contact the Department of Industrial Relations (the Division of Workers’ Compensation is within this department)

San Diego Information Service Center
(619) 767-2082

Workers Comp

State of California Employment Development Department
Unemployment Insurance

What if I Lose My Job?

If you are terminated or laid off from your job, you may be eligible for State Unemployment Benefits. Call the Employment Development Department Unemployment Insurance Office 1-800-300-5616

If you lost your job because of a job related illness or injury, you may be eligible for Workers Compensation. Call State Industrial Relations Department (619) 767-2086.

What if I have no source of income?

If you have no income and are unable to work, the most immediate help can be found by calling or visiting a County Health & Human Services Family Resource Center. Staff there can help you determine your eligibility and can direct you to the steps necessary for applying for assistance. Please check out the article "Need Financial Assistance?" in the Money Matters catagory. We have listed a lot of resources there.

Applying for a Job

Submitting an Online Application

Many employers allow applicants to apply on their website.  Here are some tips to help applicants apply online. When submitting an online application, always print a copy for yourself. Allow one week to pass before following up. Call to talk with the manager and tell them when you submitted the application.

Applying in Person

Get an application and fill it out completely. Look it over before writing in it and be sure to read everything on the form first. Follow the directions carefully. It is helpful to bring a precompleted application with all of your information on it to copy from so you do not foget anything. If the employer does not have any applications, you can leave your precompleted one and ask the employer when you can return to fill out their company application. This shows you are prepared.

(Sample Job Application

Printing neatly is extremly important. Be sure to bring a pen with you, asking for one never gives off a positive impression. It’s best to use a black or blue ball point pen. All the questions should be answered. Put a slash or “NA” (not applicable) for questions that do not apply to you.

List part-time or volunteer jobs that relate to the job you’re applying for, beginning with your most recent experience and working backwards in time. Use action words that are clear and descriptive and show the employer your specific skills as well as your ability to communicate. Explain any gaps in employment.

Check the application over carefully for mistakes before turning it in. Correct any errors with white-out if you have it. If you find that you’ve made an error, don’t scratch it out. Neatly draw a line through the mistake and write the correct information beside it or above it if there is room.

Keep the application free of wrinkles, smudges or dirt. Remember, this application represents you. Your job application may be the only contact you will have with the people doing the hiring. They will immediately be able to learn if you can follow instructions, know how to spell, and whether or not you take pride in your work.

When you turn in your application, ask to speak with a manager or person in charge of hiring. Then be sure to ask if you can schedule an appointment for an interview. Get the persons business card that you speak to (or the manager's card) so you know who to follow up with. Persistence makes you stand out as an applicant.

First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Think about that. The impression you make begins when you first enter the door of the company or business. A neat and well-groomed appearance is important. Dress appropriately for the type of job you are seeking, but always dress professionally – a suit, dress, slacks and a tie, etc are best.

  • Learn as much as you can about the job and the company before you arrive for the interview. Visit their web site.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the job (see suggested questions at the end of this section), such as job duties, salary, benefits, work hours, when they will make a decision and ask about opportunities for advancement within the company.
  • It is BEST to arrive 15-20 minutes early, to ensure you are there on time, and to show that you are prompt and responsible. If you do arrive early, wait until your appointment time to let your contact know you've arrived.
  • Do not smoke, chew tobacco or gum, or eat or drink during your interview (you shouldn't smoke at all but, if you do, don't smoke right before your interview either.
  • Do not sit down until the interviewer sits down or asks you to do so.
  • Stand/sit up straight & HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
  • Speak clearly and honestly and avoid using slang words.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Do not discuss personal problems.
  • If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. Any lies or half-truths may come back to haunt you.
  • Ask the interviewer to explain a question if you don’t understand.
  • Let the interviewer know how you could be a benefit to their company.
  • Thank the interviewer for the interview and for their consideration of you for the job.
  • Stress a willingness to learn.
  • Be sure to call or send a thank you note the next day to thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration. This shows you are conscientious and responsible.