Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are there step-by-step instructions for applying for a job at DOC?
Applying for jobs is easy! For step-by-instructions visit the How to Apply information page.
How often are job postings updated?
Can I apply if I have had previous criminal charges?
You can apply for any open position. During the hiring process, a thorough background check will be conducted. The hiring manager will review your criminal history and determine if you will be selected to move forward in the hiring process. During the review and determination, the hiring manager will analyze and consider the following when making their decision: the nature and severity of the past criminal offenses, how much time has passed since the offense or completion of the sentence, and the nature of the job for which you are applying.
Can I send in an application for positions that are not currently posted?
No. We can only accept applications for positions that are currently posted and open for recruitment. These positions are listed on our website on the Job Opportunities webpage.
If a position has been posted on your website for a long time, are you still taking applications for that position?
Yes. We will take applications for job postings currently open for recruitment and listed on the Job Opportunities webpage.
Do I need to submit a separate application for each position I am interested in?
Yes. You will need to submit a separate application for each position that you are interested in.
Do you keep applications on file so that I do not have to turn in a new application each time I apply for a position?
No. We do not keep applications on file. You will need to submit a separate application packet each time you apply for a position.
Should I include a resume and cover letter?
Review the job announcement. Depending on the position, a resume and/or cover letter may be required or optional. Please note, that a resume cannot be accepted in place of a completed application. Do not state "see resume" in any section of your application.
What materials do I need to submit to apply for a current job opening?
In addition to the application, you may be asked to submit a resume, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions, or other materials. Review the job announcement carefully for instructions. If your application packet does not include all requested materials, it will be considered incomplete.
May I submit an application after the closing date on the job announcement?
Only applications received by the closing date will be considered for that opening. For applications submitted online, the system will close the posting on the date and time listed on the announcement.
So I applied, now what?
Please be patient. After the position closes, we carefully review all applications. Depending on the outcome of this review, you may be invited to participate in additional selection activities such as exams or interviews. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications and have submitted all of the required information are eligible to move forward in the selection process. Reference and background checks may also be conducted prior to making a hiring decision. For more information, view the Hiring Process webpage.
How can I check the status of my application?
If you applied online, you can check the status of your application by logging into your profile and clicking “Application Status" at the top of the page.
If I applied for a position, will I receive an interview?
Your application will be considered and reviewed in comparison with the other applications we received. The most-qualified applicants may be invited to participate in additional assessment and selection activities such as tests or interviews. For more information, view the Hiring Process webpage.
Can I edit my online application after final submission?
No. You are not able to make any changes to your online application after it’s been submitted. If you need to make changes to your application after you’ve submitted an on-line application, including adding any attachments you forgot to include, contact the recruiter listed at the bottom of the job posting. For a list of DOC Recruiters visit the Contact Us webpage.
How do I change my contact information?
To change your contact information, login to your profile and click on the “My Account” link at the top of the page, and then click “Edit Contact Information.” Once you’ve made your changes, click “Save”. As soon as your contact information is entered in your profile, all future applications will have the updated information.
Note: this does not change your contact information for jobs that you’ve already applied for. You will need to contact the recruiter listed at the bottom of the posting to update your contact information for those positions. To find the recruiter contact information on the job posting, login your profile, and click on “Application Status” at the top of the page. Locate the desired position and click on the title in the “Job Title” column. The job posting will appear. The recruiter’s contact information can be found at the bottom of the posting. For a list of DOC Recruiters visit the Contact Us webpage.