- What do I need in order to get started?
• Access to a computer with a Web browser program
• A connection to the Internet
• An email address
• The information you'll need to complete your application
(resume, work history, education, etc.)
- Do I need to sign up for an account?
You can search for jobs at any time without creating an account or logging in. To apply for jobs, you will need to create a secure online account. You can create an account and start building your profile at anytime, so it’s ready when you find a job posting you would like to apply for.
Keep a record of your Username and Password once you have set up your account; you will need them to apply for other positions or to check the status of your application.
- What web browsers are acceptable?
Our online recruiting system will work with Internet Explorer
4.0 through 9.0, Netscape, Firefox5, Opera, AOL, and Safari
browsers. We recommend using Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater for the best
The system is not currently compatible with Microsoft Office 2010.
If you are still using an older version of one of the above browsers,
recommend upgrading to one of the later versions.
- What if I do not have a computer?
Visit the Job Seeker Service Center;
Visit your local WorkSource Center; or
Use a public access computer at any Public Library. Click the link to find a Public Library near you.
- 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 Washington. There are many sources for free email accounts, several options to set up free email accounts may be found at: http://www.emailaddresses.com/
- May I use my existing governmentjobs.com account to apply for State of Washington jobs?
- I forgot my username and/or password. Is there a way to retrieve that information?
Yes. From Sign in, click on “I Forgot My User Name and/or Password”. Enter the email address you used to create your profile, and click “Send.” An email that includes your username and password will be sent to that address. Call
877-204-4442 for assistance if this fails to work for you.
NOTE: If you get the message: “The email address you’ve entered does not exist in our records. Please try again.” try any other email addresses you may have used to create your account. If you receive the same message, you will have to create a new profile.
- I still can’t login or am having technical difficulties, what can I do?
If you have tried and are not successful, call 877-204-4442 for assistance.
- Will the spam filters on my computer block emails from the system?
Yes they may. To make sure that our emails are not filtered into your "junk" or "bulk" folder, please add GovernmentJobs.com to your list of trusted senders.
Yes. Only authorized employees in the Human Resource Department and authorized staff designated to review specific job information will have access. The state of Washington does not share its database with others.
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Search for jobs
- Do I need an account to search for jobs?
No. You can search for jobs at any time without creating an account or logging in. You will need an account in order to apply for jobs.
- Is there a way to search for job vacancies that were posted since my last log in?
No, there is not a way to search for job vacancies with those search criteria, but you may review Most Recent Postings. You may also want to Subscribe to Job Alerts to be notified via email whenever a position is posted that matches your identified area of interest.
- How do I view all job vacancies?
Click on “Apply Search” at the bottom of the job search page without selecting search categories, and all job vacancies are displayed.
- How can I narrow my job search according to my preferences?
Specific job vacancies can be displayed by Category, Department, Location, and/or Keywords by selecting your criteria and clicking on ”Apply Search.” To clear search criteria, click “Clear Search” at the located under the Search Criteria box then click “Apply Search.” You can also search for all criteria by clicking “Select All Categories” then clicking on “Apply Search.”
- I don’t see a job vacancy that I am interested in. Can the system notify me when a particular job is posted?
Yes. Go to Subscribe to Job Alerts. Select the check boxes for the job category you are interested in, or click “Select All Categories” for all. Complete your personal information. Click “Submit Request”. You will be notified via email whenever a position is posted that matches your area of interest for 12 months.
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Apply for jobs
- How do I apply for a job opening?
Once you find a job for which you’d like to apply, click on the Apply button at the top of the job posting. Please follow the application instructions in the job posting to ensure your materials are submitted correctly.
- Do I have to apply for each job vacancy separately or is there a way to select more than one job at a time?
You must apply for each job vacancy separately because
requirements and/or questions associated with each position may
differ. However, once an application is complete and submitted,
it is stored in the system and can be used to apply for other jobs.
- How many job postings can I apply for?
You may apply for as many job postings as you choose; however, to be competitive you must meet the qualifications and experience described in the posting.
- How do I know if I am qualified for a job posting?
Carefully read the job posting. Compare your qualifications to
those identified on the posting, usually found under the
“Qualifications” section. If it indicates that it is only open
for “Internal Candidates,” only employees from that agency
who have permanent status are eligible to apply. If you are not
a permanent employee from that agency, you are not eligible to
compete and will not be considered.
- 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.
- When I apply for a job posting, the same Agency-Wide Questions appear. Do I have to respond to these questions every time I apply?
Once you have answered these questions, click on the “Populate” button at the top of the Agency-Wide Questions to automatically populate the responses for other applications. Verify the responses and click on “Save & Proceed.”
- The first agency-wide question is required and asks
if I’m a permanent classified Washington General Service or
Washington Management Service employee. How do I know if I am?
Current state employees who have completed their probationary
period successfully would be considered to be in permanent
status in the Washington General Government or Washington
Management Service category. Higher Education and exempt
employees do not belong to either of these categories and would
respond “no” to the question.
- I did not receive an email confirmation that my on-line application was received. Why not?
Verify you’ve listed the correct email address on your profile and that you are able to receive emails. If you have spam blockers, the email may have been received as junk mail. Add www.government jobs.com to your safe senders list.
- What happens after I apply for a job posting?
You will receive a confirmation email immediately and your materials become available to the human resources office in the hiring agency for potential further screening. Applicants that are the best match for the position will be contacted to continue in the process.
What if I notice an error on my application after I submitted
is no way to make changes to your application once you have certified
and submitted it to the agency. You may reapply if the posting is still
open or contact the agency listed on the posting directly to see if you
may be able to revise your application. If you receive an error message
when attempting to reapply, the message should state when and if you can
If I apply for a job vacancy and need to submit documentation with my application, what do I do?
Click “Add Attachment(s)” in the “Attachments” section of your employment application to attach materials. Name your attachment in the “File Description” box. Click the “Browse” button next to “File” to retrieve a file from your computer or disk drive. Click “Upload”. Important Note: Do not include social security numbers on any attachments.
What file attachments are accepted?
The current acceptable file extensions with the maximum size of 5mb per attachment are:
• Acrobat Portable Document Format - .pdf
• Internet Explorer or other web browser - .htm, .html
• Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet - .xls, .xlsx
• Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation - .ppt, .pptx, .potx
• Microsoft Word Document - .doc, .docx
• Notepad - .txt Rich Text Format File - .rtf
• Windows Picture and Fax Viewer - .bmp, .gif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg,
.png, .tif, .tiff
• WordPerfect Document - .wp, .wpd
Are military veterans given preference when filling job vacancies within the State of Washington?
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Military veterans are given preference on testing. An additional 5 or 10 percent is added to final passing exam score. Note: You will not see the additional points added onto your score. Get additional information on veteran’s preference.
Completing your application
- Do I need to complete every field on the online profile?
Not necessarily. Follow the instructions on the job posting for which you are applying.
- What are supplemental questions and how do I submit my answers to these?
These questions are used to gather job-related information about you, your educational and/or work history and can be used to assess your knowledge, skills and abilities as related to the position. Your answers to supplemental questions are automatically submitted with your application.
- How do I print my profile?
Your profile cannot be printed, but you can print your application after you apply for a job.
- 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, you will need to contact the Human Resources office of the hiring agency using the information on job posting.
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- How do I change my contact information?
Once your contact information is entered in your profile, all future applications will have the updated information. To change your contact information, go to Sign in. Click “Edit Contact Information” link above your name, enter changes and click “Save”.
Note: this does not change your contact information for jobs that you’ve already applied for. You will need to contact the Human Resources office of the hiring agency to update your contact information for those positions. Find the contact information on the position posting. Log into Manage Account. 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.
- When should I expect to hear from the agency about scheduling an interview after a job posting closes?
If an applicant is selected for an interview, the length of time it takes to be contacted will depend on the hiring agency.
- How do I obtain a copy of my online application?
To print, Sign in and go to “My Profile”. 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.
- How do I get a copy of a job posting that has closed?
A copy of the job posting is retained with your profile. To view the posting, Sign in. 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.
- What if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions related to the online recruiting system, you will find contact information on the Help page.
If you have questions concerning the position you’ve applied for, contact the Human Resources office of the hiring agency; contact information is found 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.
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