How Do I Get the Job?


Now that you’ve made decision to pursue a career in the State of North Carolina, you may be asking the simple question: How do I actually get a job? Here are a few tips and guidelines to keep in mind once you are ready to get started.


First things first, you must apply for a job with us. Applying for job openings has never been easier with our online job application system. Visit our site and create your online account profile. Once you have created your account you can quickly and easily apply for any position listed on our job board.

Job Alerts

The job board is updated daily. Rather than spending all your time looking at the job openings every day, you can set up job alerts. Job alerts will automatically email you each time a position opens in the desired categories of your choice.

Complete the Application in its Entirety

In order to receive qualifying credit for all your work history and credentials, applicants must complete his/her entire work history and education on the application. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an application and “See Resume” is not acceptable. Any information omitted from the actual application will not be considered for qualifying credit. It is OK to attach a resume, but make sure all pertinent information is listed on the application form.

Read the Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Section

Each job listing has a “Minimum Education and Experience Requirements” section. Pay careful attention to this section because if your application does not clearly document that you meet these minimum requirements, your application will not be considered for that job. Only the most qualified applications are referred to the hiring manager.

Fine Tune Your Application to Each Specific Job

Make sure you thoroughly read the entire job listing. It is always a good practice to make sure you clearly list and highlight the knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies that make you a strong fit for this specific open position.


A great way to get your application passed over by a hiring manager is to have numerous spelling and grammatical errors. Double check your application before submitting and even better, have someone else proofread it for errors.

Sell Yourself

Be assertive. You are competing against possibly hundreds of other applicants. The best way to sell yourself is to focus on the strengths you possess and minimize your weaknesses. Give the hiring manager a reason why he/she needs you and would be making a mistake if you are not selected for the job.

Do Not Falsify Any Information

Be truthful about your work experience, education, and other information. The State of North Carolina verifies application information and if any information is determined to be false, your job offer can be rescinded or if you are already employed, you can be dismissed.


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