Questions about Applying for Jobs

Searching for Positions

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How do I search for open positions?

Go to the Job Search page to search and apply for openings. For detailed instructions on using the system, visit our web page Using the Job Application System.

I am looking for a specific job and cannot find it through the search. What does this mean?

If you have used the job opening ID in the search, it may indicate that the position has not yet been posted or that it has been removed and is no longer available. If you are not searching by job ID but are using other criteria in the Job Search form, your search criteria may be too specific. Try broadening your search to find the job posting. In the Job Search form, click on "Search Tips" for different ways of looking for the job opening.

How long are positions posted?

Faculty and staff positions are posted for at least seven calendar days; however, some positions may be posted longer. Student jobs are typically posted for two weeks to a month. Graduate assistant positions are typically posted for two weeks. Student and graduate assistant positions may be re-posted.

If a position that was previously posted does not appear online it means applications are no longer being accepted for that position. Submit your materials as soon as possible to ensure consideration.

How often are new jobs posted?

New jobs are posted as vacancies become available.

Are part-time jobs available?

Yes, the University has both full- and part-time positions. You can select either one as a criterion when you use the Job Search page.

Applying for positions

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How do I apply for a position?

All applications are submitted online. The University does not accept paper applications.

Once you find a job you'd like to apply for, click the Apply button in the job posting. The system will walk you step-by-step through the application process (for example, attaching a résumé or submitting attachments). You can track your progress through each step at the top of your screen.

At the end of the application process, when you click the final Submit button, you will see this confirmation on your computer screen: "Your job application has been successfully submitted." You can also see the status of your application from the account you create when you register for our online application system. Click the My Job Applications link at the top of the page, find the job under Applications, and look across the row to the Status column. If it says "Submitted," your application has been received. You will also receive an email confirming that your application was submitted.

For more information, see step six of the Using the Job Application System web page.

What if I forget my username or password?

If you forget your username or password, click on the Forgot User Name or Forgot Password links on the sign-in page. If you need more assistance, visit Using the Job Application System for step-by-step instructions on the process. You can also email the Human Resources Contact Center at [email protected] or call 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363 for help.

Can I save job postings or my search criteria and return to them later?

Yes. To save job postings, simply click the Save Job button in the row of the job you'd like to save. To save searches you have performed, click the Save Search button to keep your criteria for a future search. You can retrieve your saved information by clicking on the My Saved Jobs and My Saved Searches links at the top of the main Job Search form of your account. See the Using the Job Application System web page for more information.

When should I update my application?

Your application remains in the system indefinitely. If you acquire more job experience or education, we encourage you to update your application. You can update your application as often as you wish. However, updates won't be made for positions for which you've already applied.

If I have applied for a position and decide I am no longer interested, how can I withdraw my application?

You can withdraw your application using the My Job Applications tab. You can also email or call the Human Resources Contact Center at [email protected] or 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363.

Being selected for positions

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How do I improve my chances of getting a job?

For your application to be forwarded to the hiring department, you must meet the required qualifications specified for the job. Make sure your application materials reflect how you meet the required qualifications and are free of spelling and grammatical errors. Attach all required documents, such as résumés, cover letters, letters of reference, etc., and any other non-required documents that show your qualifications and interest in the position.

How are individuals selected for interviews?

The hiring manager selects candidates who meet the required qualifications and most of the preferred qualifications stated in the posting.

Is a typing test required for some positions?

Yes, some job postings may note that a typing test is necessary. If so, you may take the typing test at any government or employment agency. The University requires that the test be less than one year old. We will need to see your test results on a copy of the agency letterhead, and you must pass with at least 50 words per minute and 95% accuracy.

Is there anything I can do to follow up with the hiring authority about my application?

You may email or call the Human Resources Contact Center at [email protected] or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363) and, if your application has been routed to the hiring manager, you will be provided the hiring manager's contact information.

How are the final decision and job offer made?

The final hiring decision and job offer are made by the hiring manager in the department that posted the job opening.

Will I receive benefits if I am hired at the University of Minnesota?

It depends on the position. Usually, staff or academic positions that are 30 hours a week or more receive benefits. Student positions are not eligible for benefits. For questions about benefits for a specific position, contact the hiring department. You can find general information about University benefits on the Benefits Summary page.

Twin Cities Campus HR Contacts

For Questions About Contact
  • General employment questions
  • Using the U of M job search site
Office of Human Resources Contact Center
[email protected]
612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363
Faculty and Academic Professional and Administrative positions Talent Acquisition Department
[email protected]


Civil Service and Labor-Represented positions (Twin Cities campus) Talent Acquisition Department
[email protected]
Graduate assistantship positions Graduate Assistant Employment Program
[email protected]
Student positions Student Employment Programs
[email protected]

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