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Career Support Services Program

Promoting life long career management skills for employees

Referral and Placement Program

Welcome to the Referral and Placement Program (formerly Layoff/Recall Program) a program administered through the Career Support Services Section.

The primary purpose of this Program is to refer and place career service employees who have received layoff notices into available King County positions that require similar or compatible skills.

The information below provides you with an overview of the Referral and Placement Program, the services offered and instructions about how to get started in the program.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please refer to the Referral and Placement Frequently Asked Questions page, or email the Career Support Services at CareerSupportPrograms@kingcounty.gov or contact us at 206.263.6009. Thank you, we look forward to working with you!

Referral and Placement Program Overview

Services available through the Referral and Placement Program are as follows:

  • Individualized skill assessments
  • Job search assistance
  • Job application materials assistance
  • Priority referral and placement into comparable or lower level career service and term-limited-temporary positions (Executive Branch only)
  • Interview training and coaching sessions
  • Post-interview debriefings
  • Targeted mock interviews
  • Access to Microsoft Office Suite 2003 tutorials
  • Access to the King County Career Resource Center
  • Access to academic institutions information
  • Mentorship opportunities

You are eligible for Referral and Placement services for up to two years from the effective date of your layoff, unless you are hired into a comparable or higher level career service position or you decline a comparable position without a justifiable, work-related reason.

Who is eligible to receive Referral and Placement Program services?

  • Employees who have successfully completed a probationary period in a regular career service or civil service budgeted position without a break in service
  • Employees who successfully complete at least six months of a standard one year probationary period in a regular career service or civil service budgeted position without a break in service
  • Employees who were laid off from a regular career service or civil service budgeted position
  • Employees who were laid off from a position that was filled through a competitive, recall, reassignment, demotion or lateral transfer process

What employees do not have access to the Referral and Placement Program services?

  • Appointed employees
  • Probationary employees who have completed less than six months of their probationary period
  • Provisional employees
  • Term-limited temporary employees
  • Short-term temporary employees
  • Student interns, work study students and fellows

What are my rights under the Referral and Placement Program?

  • Priority referral and placement into King County career service and term-limited positions under the Executive Branch, prior to posting of a regular recruitment.
  • Access to referral and placement services for up to two years from the date of your layoff (consult applicable collective bargaining agreements).
  • Restoration of unused sick leave accrued prior to layoff, when placed into another county position with the two year period.
  • Restoration of the vacation accrual rate that was in place at the time of your layoff, when placed into another position within the two year period.
  • Opportunity to restore any previously withdrawn contributions to the State Retirement System, when placed into another county position with the two year period.

Getting Started: How to Enter the Referral and Placement Program

Step

Important Information

1. You must complete the attached version of the King County application form and submit it electronically to careersupportprograms@kingcounty.gov.

  • Thoroughly complete the attached, unprotected version of the King County application form. Include all jobs held, including temporary and volunteer positions. If you have more than ten (10) years of employment history, please include as many of the required details about those positions as possible.
  • If available, please attach a copy of your resume.
  • Use action verbs to describe your job duties.
  • For each job listed, describe your job duties in detail and include your role and level of responsibility along with quantifiable information.
  • Be honest about your reasons for leaving the position. King County conducts reference checks and verifies employment history prior to extending job offers.

2. To schedule an appointment with Career Support Services staff, please email our program at careersupportprograms@kingcounty.gov or call 206-263-6009.

At the initial meeting with Career Support Services, staff will:

  • Explain the services available and how they will be provided;
  • Outline employee expectations;
  • Describe your rights and responsibilities;
  • Review and discuss your completed application materials (King County application and resume);
  • Gather additional information about your knowledge, skills and abilities, work history, job duties, training, education and employment interests;
  • Assist you in completing or revising your application materials;
  • Review and discuss any current job openings, if available, for which you may qualify;
  • Answer any questions you may have; and,
  • Discuss next steps.