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A new and updated CalOpps website will be launched on Monday July 10, 2017.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday July 7, 2017, job seekers/job applicants will not be able to log into the current site.
The CalOpps new site will be available at 8:00 am Monday July 10, 2017.   More…

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Frequently Asked Quesions about our new site


Listed below are the most common questions asked.

A PDF Manual is also available     

How do I apply for a job?
When you are looking at a job title there is an “Apply” button on the right hand side of the page. Clicking this button will link you to an online application for that position. For some Agencies you can only submit a paper application. The 'Apply Now' button is not available.


Do I have to create a personal profile to apply for a job?
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 is that Member agencies will be able to view your profile and you will receive notification of available jobs matching your employment search criteria.


How can I find out the status of my application?
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.


How long will my profile be active?
Your profile will be active for 6 months with no log in activity required. To keep your profile active you should login in at least once every five months.


Can I print my application?
Yes, once you complete the entire application you will have an option to click on 'view application' from where you can print it.


Can I see how many different positions I have applied for in CalOpps?
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.


What is the typical process of recruitments in the public sector?
Each agency has a different recruitment process so the length of time a recruitment can last is never certain. Contact the Agency for their process. See the Government Employment Section for general information regarding typical processes.


Who do I contact if I want to withdraw an application I submitted?
Please contact the agency who you submitted your application to.


Is online the only way I can apply for a job?
You can fill out a paper application but you would have to go directly to the agency’s location to obtain one and fill it out. Or you can go to their website and print out an application and turn it in to that agency. We recommend you fill out an application online as it makes the process easier for you and the agency.


How long does it take to complete an application?
On-line submittals can be a lengthy process. To best prepare review the job opening information, standard application, supplemental or prequalification questionnaires, and have an updated personal profile completed. The best advice is to prepare before you start filling in an application.


How do I complete an online application?
When you have found a job you would like to apply for click “Apply” button. It will take you to the online application. Fill out the application completely and accurately. Make sure to complete the application, if it is not complete your application will not be considered. Check to see that all your information is correct before submitting the application. You will get a confirmation email same day.
NOTE: The Work Experience is a required section. You may not type - see resume as a substitution for this section.


Why is the system returning me to the application instead of permitting me to send my application?
Review the page. Look for 'red lettering' to indicate required or error conditions.


How do I post my resume without the font and format changing so it looks the same as in MS Word?
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.


I made an error when filling out the application. Should I re-apply or who do I contact to correct the mistake?
Do Not re-apply. Please contact the agency you sent your application to. Use the Member Agency section to find contact information.


Can you send me employment information to my email?
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.


How do I attach my resume to my application?
You can copy and paste it into the application in the “Resume” space. If you have already sent in your application without your resume you can turn in a hard copy to the agency.


I have an issue or question, who do I contact?
Contact the Agency for the position you are interested in. Use the Member Agency section for contact information.


How can I save my application if I can't finish it right now?
You can save applications at any time only if you have a profile. If you do not have a 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.


How can I be automatically notified of Job Postings?
When you create a personal profile you are giving the opportunity to be notified of job openings via email.


What are supplemental questionnaires?
Some agency's 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.


What is the Close Date?
The close date is the last day you can apply for an job opening. All applications must be completed and submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. that day. Take this into consideration when you apply for any position.


What is the 'Add to Cart' button for?
Use the "Add to Cart" 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.


How do I find job openings?
You can search for jobs in a variety of methods. From the Search Jobs Now link you can search for jobs by location, job type, and key words. You can also find job openings by Agency from the Member Agency's page.


On the search results from a job search is there an easy way to see more information about the job?
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.


My name and email have changed, how do I update my information? Do I need to change my password?
Login in with your profile. Click on “Profile Options”. You do not need to change your password unless you want to.


 

 

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