Frequently Asked Questions


Login in with your profile. Click on “Profile Options”. You do not need to change your password unless you want to. You will also have to contact any agency with a current applications of yours, to notify them of the change. Changes to contact information will not automatically appear on any already submitted applications.

It is not necessary to create a personal profile to apply for a job but it is highly recommended that you do. A personal profile will shorten the amount of time it takes to apply for a position.  Another benefit of having a personal profile is that  you are able to sign up for notifications of available jobs matching your employment search criteria.

Your profile will be active for 6 months with no login activity required. To keep your profile active you should login in at least once every five months. Profiles are automatically deleted after 6 months of inactivity. Once a profile has been deleted it cannot be retrieved.


From the Search Job page, there is an “Apply” button to the right of the job title. From the job announcement page, the “Apply for Job” button appears below the basic job information section. Clicking these buttons will link you to an online application for that position. Some Agencies you can only submit a paper application or will link you to their site to apply for a position. For those agencies, the “Apply” and “Apply for Job” buttons are not available.

You can save applications at any time only if you have a personal profile. If you do not have a personal profile you will need to create one before saving your unfinished application. The application will be saved until the expiration date of the job posting.

To find out the status of your application you should email the agency you applied to directly. From within your profile it will list the agency contact for any position you have applied for. Otherwise go to the Member Agency Section, find the agency you applied to and contact information is listed on their page.

When you create a personal profile you are given the opportunity to be notified of job openings via email.

Some agencyies require all applicants to complete a set of questions with the submittal of their application. If a job posting has supplemental questions it is a good idea to review/print them off prior to completing the application. Supplemental Questions are listed on the View Job listing details page. 

Note: “See resume” is not a valid response to supplemental questions. If you provide an invalid response or do not respond to supplemental questions, your application may be considered incomplete.

Yes. From the homepage of your personal profile, click on “My Applications.” Click on the text in the “Status” column for the application you wish to print. Your application will open and a “Print” button will appear in the upper, right corner of the application window.

The close date is the last day you can apply for a job opening. All applications must be completed and submitted prior to the close date and time. Take this into consideration when you apply for any position. Some job posting may show a Close Date as “continuous” or “open until filled.” For “continuous” jobs, the job is open on a continuous basis and is filled as needed. For “open until filled” job openings, applications will be accepted until the agency has filled the position. For all job openings, it is recommended that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

To do this you will have to create a personal profile. It will display what jobs you have applied for in the past with a copy of the application you filled out. If you have created a personal profile, you will click on “My Applications” from your personal profile homepage.

Use the "Interested" button to place a job opening in your job cart. The job cart is a place to hold the jobs you may be interested in applying for.

Each agency has a different recruitment process so the length of time a recruitment can last is never certain. Contact the Agency directly with questions regarding their process. Visit the Agency’s page for Agency-specific FAQs, which may answer questions regarding the agency’s recruitment process. See the Government Employment Section for general information regarding typical processes.

You can search for jobs in a variety of methods. From the CalOpps homepage, you can enter a search term in the large search bar found in the center of the homepage. From the Search Jobs link you can search for jobs by location, job type, and key words. To find job openings by Agency, click on the agency name from the Member Agency's page. You can also click on the “Browse Available Jobs” link, found by scrolling down on the CalOpps homepage.

Please contact the agency who you submitted your application to.

Place your mouse of the title of the position. A popup window will appear and show you additional information. For more detailed information click on the job title.

Some agencies accept paper applications. Please contact the agency directly to find out if they do accept paper applications and where you can obtain a copy of their paper application. We recommend you fill out an application online as it makes the process easier for you and the agency.

On-line submittals can be a lengthy process. To best prepare review the job announcement information, supplemental or prequalification questionnaires, and special instructions, and have an updated personal profile completed. The best advice is to prepare before you start filling in an application. You may leave an application and return to it at a later time to complete it as long as you have a personal profile.

When you have found a job you would like to apply for click “Apply” or “Apply for Job” button. It will take you to the online application. Fill out the application completely and accurately. Make sure to complete the application including any required supplemental questions. If it is not complete your application will not be considered. Check to see that all your information is correct before submitting the application. After submitting an application, you will receive a confirmation email the same day.

NOTE: The Work Experience is a required section. You may not type  “see resume” as a substitution for this section.

From the review the page, look for 'red lettering' to indicate required or error conditions.

Save the text as “rich text format” before you copy and paste. This should allow you to paste your resume so it looks the same as you had it.

Do Not re-apply. Please contact the agency you sent your application to. Use the Member Agency section to find contact information.

You can be notified by email of any future or current job openings through CalOpps by clicking “Create a Personal Profile” and create a profile. There you can choose to be notified immediately of job openings.

When you reach the “Upload Resume” step of the application, you will be able to upload a PDF file of your resume to the application.