Frequently Asked Questions
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1. How do I apply for job vacancies in the State of Michigan?
For detailed instructions on applying for job vacancies, applicants should review the How to Apply link, which can also be found in the "Career Tools" section (top left corner), on the State of Michigan Job Opportunities page.
2. Is there a way to search for job vacancies that were posted today or since my last log in?
No, there is not a way to search for job vacancies with those search criteria. However, you can complete a Job Interest Card and be notified via email whenever a position is posted that matches your identified area of interest.
3. How do I search for all job vacancies?
From the State of Michigan Job Opportunities page, all job vacancies will appear. You can search for specific job vacancies by Category, Department, Location, and/or Keywords by selecting your criteria and clicking on "Go". To clear search criteria, click "None" at the top of each search box then click "Go". You can also search for all criteria within a search box by clicking "All" then clicking on "Go".
4. I don't see a job vacancy that I am interested in. Can the system notify me when a particular job is posted?
Yes, the system can notify you when job vacancies are posted if you have completed a Job Interest Card. To complete a Job Interest Card, go to Job Interest Cards. Select the check boxes next to each job category you are interested in, or click "Select All Categories" for all. Complete your personal information. Items with an asterisk are required. Click "Submit Request". For the next 12 months after the form is submitted, you will be notified via email whenever a position is posted that matches your area of interest. You will also receive a reminder email in 11 months to give you an opportunity to extend your notifications for another year.
5. I forgot my username and/or password. Is there a way to retrieve that information?
Yes, your username and password can be sent to you via email. On My Profile, click on "I Forgot My Password" in the center of the page. Enter the email address you used to create your profile, then click "Send&q. You will receive an email at that email address containing your username and password.
6. Do I have to apply to each job vacancy separately or is there a way to select more than one job at a time?
No, you must apply for each job vacancy separately as there may be different requirements and/or questions associated with each position. However, once the first application is complete and submitted, it will be stored in the system and can be used to apply for another job.
7. How many job vacancies can I apply for?
You may apply for as many job vacancies as you choose. However, you should pay close attention to the minimum education, experience and any applicable special requirements of the position and only apply for those positions that match your background and experience.
8. How do I know if I am qualified for a job vacancy?
On the "Description" tab on the job vacancy announcement, you will find the minimum education, experience and any applicable special requirements of the position. You can use this information to evaluate if your background meets the requirements.
9. What are supplemental questions and how do I submit my answers to these?
Many job vacancies include supplemental questions. These questions are used to gather job-related information about you and your educational or work history. If there are supplemental questions attached to a job vacancy, you will find them on the "Supplemental Questions" tab of the posting. Your answers to the supplemental questions are automatically submitted with your application.
10. What does Units Completed refer to in the Education section of the application?
When entering education information for a degree that is not completed, select the appropriate academic term (division of an academic year) for the institution (semester or quarters/terms), then enter the number completed to date.
11. I don't have an email address. What can I do?
An email address is required to create an on-line profile and apply for position with the State of Michigan. There are many websites such as mail.yahoo.com, mail.aol.com and mail.google.com that allow you to set up free email accounts.
12. I started applying for a job vacancy, but I had to save and come back later. How do I finish applying?
To finish applying for a job vacancy, log into your profile with your username and password. In the "Jobs You're Currently Applying For" section, click on the job title of the vacancy you were working on. Complete the remainder of the application and submit. However, to be considered for a job, your online application must be submitted by the closing date and time identified for the position. A position with a closing date of "Continuous" means that applications are continuously evaluated as they are reviewed.
13. How do I attach a resume and/or other required documents to my applications?
Please click the link for detailed instructions to Add Attachments.
14. Is it possible to submit only my resume and/or cover letter for a job vacancy instead of filling out a profile?
No, a resume and/or cover letter cannot substitute for a completed profile.
15. How do I print my profile?
Your profile cannot be printed, but you can print your application after you apply for a job vacancy. To print your application, go to My Profile on the State of Michigan Job Opportunities page. Click on “Application Status” in the center of the page. Locate the application you want to print and click “View”. Click on the link: “Click here for a printable version of this application” at the top of the page. Click “File” and select “Print” from the drop-down menu.
16. I am an out-of-state resident. Can I apply for job vacancies with the State of Michigan?
Yes, non-residents may apply to any job vacancy as long as it is not an internal-only job vacancy. Those job vacancies are reserved for current State of Michigan employees only.
17. I received a confirmation via email that I successfully applied for a position online. Should I follow-up or respond to the message?
No, the application confirmation email message is an automated response to let you know that your application was received. If you are selected to continue in the selection process, you will be contacted directly by the hiring agency.
18. I did not receieve an email confirmation that my on-line application was recieved. Why not?
You should verify that you’ve listed the correct email address on your profile and that you are able to receive emails. If you have spam blockers, the confirmation email may have been received as junk mail. Add http://www.government%20jobs.com/ to your safe senders list to receive future confirmations.
19. What happens after I apply for a job vacancy?
Once you submit your application electronically, it is sent directly to the human resources office in the hiring agency, and you will receive a confirmation email immediately. Applications will be screened based on the minimum requirements and other job-related factors to narrow the applicant pool to a manageable number of applicants. Those applicants that best match the job requirements and qualifications will be contacted to continue in the selection process. However, continuation in the selection process does not guarantee employment with the State of Michigan.
20. If I apply for a job vacancy and need to submit documentation with my application, what do I do?
Ideally, all documentation that you would like to include with your application should be submitted at the time you apply and must be submitted before the job vacancy closes. To attach a document to your application, click "Add Attachment(s)" in the "Attachments" section of your employment application. In the "File Description" box, name your attachment (e.g. transcripts). Click the "Browse" button next to "File" to retrieve a file from your computer or disk drive. Click "Upload".
21. What if I need to attach documentation and have already submitted my application?
If you need to attach a document to your application AFTER you’ve submitted an on-line application, but BEFORE the job vacancy closes, you will need to reapply to the position and add the attachment. Log into My Profile. Click on “Application Status” in the center of the page. Locate the desired position and click on the title in the “Job Title” column. The job posting will appear. Click on the “Apply” link.
If you receive a message that says “You have already applied for this position on [month/day/year]. You can re-apply for this position in [number of] days” then you must contact the human resources office of the hiring agency. You can find the contact information on the position posting. Click on the “Back” button on your browser. Click on the “Print Job Information” link. The agency contact information can be found in the middle of the job bulletin.
22. What if a job vacancy has closed and I need to attach documentation to an application that I have already submitted?
If you need to attach a document to your application AFTER you’ve submitted an on-line application, and AFTER the job vacancy closes, you will need to contact the human resources office of the hiring agency. You can find the contact information on the position posting. Log into My Profile. Click on “Application Status” in the center of the page. Locate the desired position and click on the title in the “Job Title” column. The job posting will appear. Click on the “Print Job Information” link. The agency contact information can be found in the middle of the job bulletin.
23. How do I change my contact information?
Once your contact information is updated in your profile, all future applications will have the updated information. To change your contact information, go to My Profile. Click "Edit" in the "Modify" column next to the application you would like to edit. Click "Edit Personal Profile". Make desired changes and click "Save & View Application".
Note: this does not change your contact information for job vacancies that you've already applied. You will need to contact the human resources office of the hiring agency to update your contact information for those positions. You can find the contact information on the position posting. Log into My Profile. Click on "Application Status" in the center of the page. Locate the desired position and click on the title in the "Job Title" column. The job posting will appear. Click on the "Print Job Information" link. The agency contact information can be found in the middle of the job bulletin.
24. Are military veterans given preference when filling job vacancies within the State of Michigan?
Yes, the State of Michigan does offer veterans? preference in the selection process for eligible veterans or spouses under Civil Service Commission Rule 3-8. However, in order to be considered for a veterans? preference you must be registered with the Civil Service Commission. To register, you must complete a CS-1791 form.
25. When should I expect to hear from the agency about scheduling an interview after a job vacancy expires?
If an applicant is selected for an interview, the length of time it takes to be contacted will depend on the hiring agency.
26. What if I applied for a job vacancy and decide that I am no longer interested in the position?
Applicants that are no longer interested in a job vacancy should inform the hiring agency if contacted for an interview.
27. How do I obtain a copy of my online application?
You can view your online application after you apply for a job vacancy. To view, go to My Profile. Locate the desired position and click on the title. To view the application, click the "Application View" tab.
28. How do I get a copy of a job posting that has expired?
A copy of the job posting is retained with your profile. To view the posting, log into My Profile. Locate the desired position and click on the title. The job posting will appear. Click the "Job Details" tab to view the posting.
29. When I apply for a position, will I be notified if I am not selected?
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30. What benefits does the State of Michigan offer its employees?
31. I have a physical disability and require a special accommodation to participate in an interview. How do I request an accommodation?
Applicants with a disability who may need an accommodation to participate in the interview process should make such an accommodation request at the time they are contacted by a department representative to schedule an interview.
32. I do not have access to a computer and/or the internet. How should I apply for a State of Michigan job vacancy?
Please visit the link Michigan Public Libraries for a complete listing of libraries in your area with free public access computers and internet. You can also contact your local Michigan Works! office. The Michigan Civil Service Commission Employment Information & Career Planning Services offices in Lansing and Detroit can offer assistance as well.
33. What if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions related to the on-line application system, you will find contact information on the How to Apply page.
If you have questions concerning the position you?ve applied for, contact the human resources office of the hiring agency. You can find the contact information on the position posting. Log into My Profile. Click on "Application Status" in the center of the page. Locate the desired position and click on the title in the "Job Title" column. The job posting will appear. Click on the "Print Job Information" link. The agency contact information can be found in the middle of the job bulletin.
34. Can I apply for job vacancies using a Mac?
Yes, the State of Michigan Job Opportunities page is accessible via Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher, Netscape, Firefox, Opera, AOL, and Safari browsers.