After Applying for a Job FAQs
What happens after I apply for a job?
Once you apply to a classified job, your application is sent directly to State Civil Service or to the human resources office in the hiring agency. You will receive a confirmation email immediately. Applications will go through a review process to determine whether you have a test score (if one is required) and whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the vacancy. If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you will be notified via a status message that you will see next to the application when you log into your applicant account. Should you have any questions regarding the hiring process for any positions to which you applied, you may contact the agency to which you applied. Each agency lists contact information in the Supplemental Information portion of the vacancy announcement.
How long does it take to fill a vacancy?
The time period to fill a vacancy can vary from as early as one day from the closing date of the announcement to as late as three months from the closing date of the announcement.
Will I be notified if I do not get the job?
Not necessarily. Notification is up to the agency’s discretion though State Civil Service encourages notification.
How do I find/check the status of my application?
Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their applications to determine where they are in the process. You may check the status of your application by logging into your account. You will see all of the applications you have submitted and the status for those applications by selecting ‘Applications’ in the drop down menu below your name, which is found in the upper right-hand corner. Clicking on the “History” link of each application will show you the timeline of all actions taken on your application during the recruitment process. If you still have questions regarding your status after viewing this page, you may contact State Civil Service at (225) 342-8274 or the agency using the contact information provided in the Supplemental Information portion of the posting.
I see a status message stating I do not qualify but I believe I meet the minimum qualifications for the job. What can I do about this?
You may contact the Staffing Division at (225) 342-8274 or toll free at (866) 783-5462. We will ask you to leave a message with your name, phone number, last four digits of your social security number and the title for which you applied. A Staffing Consultant will review your application and return your call to discuss your concerns. If you still have concerns after speaking with our consultant, you may request a review by the Civil Service Director. All requests must be in writing and must be received within 30 days of the date of the disqualification status message notice. Your request should include the job title and agency you applied to. In your letter, you should provide as much information as you feel is necessary to make a determination regarding your qualifications and why you believe you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Requests may be sent to:
State Civil Service Director
Department of State Civil Service
P.O. Box 94111
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
How is it decided if a job is professional level experience?
Our primary definition of a professional level job is one which requires a baccalaureate degree. For classified jobs in State service, such jobs are designated by an EEO code of PR (Professional). In addition to these degreed jobs, we also credit jobs with an EEO designation of OA (Officials and Administrators) as professional level. Many of these jobs require a baccalaureate degree as well, but even if they do not, we will award professional credit because as high level managers and administrators, we consider them to perform duties and responsibilities of such complexity as to warrant inclusion in the professional ranks. When evaluating jobs outside of State service, we compare them to classified State jobs. Jobs with comparable duties to jobs in State service that are considered professional will also be considered professional. Enlisted military experience is credited with professional experience when an individual is ranked E-5 or above. Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers are also credited with professional experience.
My application status says “Eligible for Consideration”. What does this mean?
It means you are among a group of applicants who may be considered for this position.
My application status says “Referred to Hiring Manager”. What does this mean?
It means your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.
What is an Eligible List?
An Eligible List is a list containing the names of all applicants who have passed all steps of the screening process (meet the minimum qualification requirement and have a passing test score, if required). Applicants on the Eligible List can be considered for the vacancy announcement.
How long will I remain on the Eligible List?
For a vacancy announcement, the Eligible List is valid for 3 months after the closing date of the announcement. For a continuous announcement, your name can remain on the Eligible List for up to 180 days.
I have a physical disability and require an accommodation to participate in an interview. How do I request an accommodation?
If you are contacted for an interview, you should request an accommodation at that time.
How do I get a copy of a job posting that has expired?
A copy of the job posting is retained in your profile. To view the vacancy posting, log into your applicant account. Locate the desired position from your list of submitted applications and click on the title. Your application for that job posting will appear. Click the "Job Details" tab to view the posting.
I did not receive an email confirmation that my online application was received. Why not?
You should verify that you've listed the correct email address on your profile. If you have spam blockers, the confirmation email may have been received as junk email. Add governmentjobs to your safe sender list to receive future confirmations.
How do I know my application was received?
When you have successfully submitted an application online, you will receive a confirmation email stating your application was received. The confirmation email should be received within minutes of applying.
I’ve applied for many state jobs yet I have not gotten an interview or a job offer. What am I doing wrong?
An agency can receive several hundred applications to one posting. As a result, not all applicants will be interviewed for each vacancy they apply to.
To increase your chances of moving through the screening process, present your experience that best highlights your work strengths. Include all of your education, relevant knowledge, skills and experience on your application and follow the instructions on the posting regarding any required additional information and attachments. Finally, the entire application and any supplemental questions associated with the posting must be completed and submitted; otherwise, the application will not be accepted.
If I have questions about job postings and the application process, what should I do?
If you have questions about a specific job posting, you may contact the agency at the contact information provided in the Supplemental Information portion of the job posting.
Can I delete applications I previously submitted?
You cannot delete previously submitted applications. Once the application is submitted to the agency, a record will remain in the "Application Status" portion of your account.