Job Applicant FAQ

Job Applicant FAQ

​​​​​Listed below are questions related to applying for a job. If you do not find your question answered below, please contact us at
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I can't remember my User Name and Password. What can I do?,

If you can not remember your user name or password, select the appropriate link(s) under the "apply tab" to have an updated password or user name e-mailed to you.

How do I access job applications?,

You can access Oakland County job applications from any computer that has internet access.  Visit the Oakland County home page ( ) and click on the jobs link - then apply online link. Many places have computers available for public use such as libraries and community employment offices.  Computers are available in the Oakland County Human Resources lobby and our staff will be available to assist you during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

How can I view more information about one of the job titles listed?,

Click on the job title for a full description of the position duties and qualifications.  To apply for that job, click the "apply" link.

When I try to access the application, I get an error message.,

If you encounter errors with the application, or applicant system, please contact NEOGOV directly at (877) 204-4442.

How often are jobs posted?,

New jobs are posted weekly.  Visit the web site often to see new jobs posted.

Can I apply for more than one job at a time?,

No. You may not select multiple positions at once.  However, you may apply for one job at a time, multiple times.  The same application information will be submitted for each position unless you edit your data.  Be sure to answer each of the questionnaire questions for every job to which you apply.

Can I attach a resume and a cover letter to my application?,

Attachments are not accepted.

Can I just submit a resume to apply or do I need to also complete an application?,

To officially apply to an Oakland County position, you must complete an Oakland County application for each position.  Incomplete applications may be rejected.

Will you consider my application for other positions that are available at Oakland County?,

You will only be considered for the position for which you submit an application.  If you would like to be considered for other available positions, you must complete and submit your application for each position before the closing date.

Do I have to fill out all portions of the application?,

Yes.  In order to receive full consideration you need to completely fill out each section of the application. Incomplete applications may be rejected. See the Application Tips for help with your application.

When is my application due?,

All applications must be submitted via online no later than the closing date for the position. 

Some examinations are "open continuous," meaning official Oakland County Merit System employment applications will be taken until further notice and no deadline has been set.  Examinations are announced continuously when it is unknown how long it will take to obtain a sufficient number of applications. In this case, applications may be accepted until the job has been filled and then a closing notice will be posted for seven calendar days.
Jobs experiencing frequent turnover also necessitate leaving an examination open to accept applications continuously. Other examinations may have a closing date on the posting, which means there is a deadline for submitting applications. This procedure is followed when it is certain that a sufficient number of applications will be received within a specified time. It is important to note this information when applying in order to submit your official application before the deadline. In either case, it is in your best interest to submit application materials promptly.

What does Open Continuous mean?,

If an application deadline reads "Open Continuous," Human Resources is accepting applications until a sufficient number have been accepted, passed the tests, and placed on the certified eligible list for the hiring department's review.

What if a job requires a transcript?,

If transcripts are required for a position, you will be required to upload a copy of  your transcript before your application can be submitted.

What if transcripts may be required for a job?,

If a degree is used to determine if an applicant is minimally qualified to fill this position, you must email a copy of your college transcript to Please indicate the Job Title and Exam # in the email subject line.  NOTE:  If a job offer is made, an official transcript will be required.

Will you accept a photo copy of my official transcripts if hired?,

No, if hired by Oakland County, you will be required to produce official transcripts prior to your hire date.

Can I print my application?,

No, the online application system does not have a printing option.  Once you have created your applicant profile, your employment history and educational history will be saved.  This information will be available to you for each position you apply for and will not have to be re-entered. To view your information, simply log into your profile using your user name and password.

What happens to my application once it is submitted?,

The information you have provided on your official application will be reviewed to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications as specified on the examination announcement. Notices are sent to all applicants indicating the acceptance or rejection of their application. If accepted, you will be notified of the type of test to be administered and the date, location and time it will be held. If you completed a Training & Experience Questionnaire as part of your application, then you will be notified of your test score also. If not accepted, you will be notified of the reason for rejection.

How do I know that you have received my application?,

Once you submit your application and agree to the conditions of employment you will receive a message on your screen that states you have successfully submitted your application, as well as a confirmation email.

How long after I apply might I be notified that my application was accepted or called for an interview?,

The time varies depending on the department conducting the hiring but it usually takes 3 to 6 weeks after the receipt of your application to test applicants and establish an eligible list. The hiring department will notify applicants directly for interviews after they receive the eligible list.

Does Oakland County accept paper applications?,

No.  Computer stations are available for searching and applying for jobs at the Human Resources Department, Executive Office Building #41 West.  Human Resources staff are available to assist you.

Who should I contact for specific questions not listed here?,

Please call the job hotline at 248/858-0530 or email See the Application Tips for help with application.  You can also contact NEOGOV directly at (877) 204-4442 if you experience application issues.