Applicant Tips for Success
Imagine Your Future at Multnomah County
- If you change your contact information, please notify the recruiter as soon as possible. Each Job Announcement lists recruiter information, typically at the end of the last page. Recruiters notify all applicants of their status by email or US mail. You may also want to update your contact information in your application master profile.
- Check your email Spam filter often. If you apply for a job, the recruiter may be emailing you information—don’t miss out.
- The closing date on a Job Announcement may change. Don’t delay, apply as soon as you see the announcement.
- Application materials are due by 11:59pm on the closing date. Plan ahead, if you have questions or need assistance. Recruiters typically work Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
- Take as much time as you need to fill out the application completely and accurately. A resumé is not a substitute for an application unless otherwise indicated. Do not answer application questions by referring the reader to your resumé.
- The overall appearance and content of your application packet should make the best possible impression of you as a job applicant.
- Be sure that your application addresses the minimum qualifications of the position. Also, describe how and why you meet the desired skills and experience better than other applicants, how you stand out from the crowd. Please note that credit for work that is less than 40 hours per week will be pro-rated to determine number of years of experience.
- Be sure to include all work history (past, current and volunteer experience) on the application. Include everything you want the reviewer to know about your experience as it pertains to the duties of the job and the “desirable” skills outlined in the job announcement. For example: If the job requires four years of a certain experience and you’ve obtained experience in two different jobs for two years each, make sure you mention that experience in your description of both jobs.
- It is extremely important to answer the supplemental questions completely addressing each point of the question. Be concise and to the point, but ensure your answer provides detail about your knowledge, skills and/or experience related to the question. Your response to supplemental questions helps determine if you move on to the next step of the process.
- Include all relevant information on both the application and the supplemental questions. The person who reviews the supplemental questions may be different from the person who reviews the application. A resumé is not a substitute for an application or a response to supplemental questions, unless specifically requested in the job announcement.
- Pay attention to grammar and spelling, especially if the job entails written communication skills and abilities.
- Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms whenever possible.
- Use keywords and phrases listed in the announcement. Do not copy the announcement word for word.
- Be sure to list required license or certificate in the appropriate place. Some, but not all jobs, require proof of license or certification as a part of the application. Follow the Job Announcement instructions carefully. All materials must be received before the job closing date.
- If you qualify for Veterans’ points, please submit a completed Multnomah County Veterans’ Preference form and all required documentation, including a copy of your DD214, before the job closing date.
- Review the application one last time before submitting. Once you certify and submit the application, it cannot be altered.
- The hiring process in the public sector, particularly for civil-service positions, can be different from the private sector. It may take 4-6 weeks to complete the entire process.
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