The Merit System
State jobs in the classified service are under the
merit system. The merit system is based on competition. Positions are filled on an equal
How To Apply
To be considered for a job you must be on the
employment register. You must submit an official application form. Each job class requires
a separate application. You can download an application
from our website or you can get one from the State Personnel Department or a local State Employment Service. Photocopies of completed applications
will be accepted.
Once complete, you can mail the application to State Personnel at the address shown at the top of the application or FAX it
There are many different job classes with the State.
Some of these are open on a continuous basis. You can apply for
these at any time.
Other job classes are open on a current basis. You must apply by the closing date. The closing date
will be on the job announcement.
The State Personnel Department publishes an
employment guide. This guide tells you about different state jobs. It also tells you how
to be notified of these jobs. You may get an employment guide from the State Personnel
Department or from the State Employment Service.
How You Are Rated
The minimum requirements for the job are on the
announcement. You must meet the requirements to be accepted. If you do not meet the
requirements you should not apply. For some jobs you will take a written test. For other
jobs you get a score based on your education and experience. For a few jobs you get a
score based on some activity you must perform. Some scores are number scores like 80 or
90. Other scores group similar applicants together. These groups are called bands and have
names like Band 1 or Band 2.
(NOTE: Not all institutional degrees will be accepted. Please see our Degree Acceptance Policy for more information)
For current exams, written tests are given soon
after the closing date. For continuous exams, written tests are given every three to four
months. You will be notified a week before the test and told the date, time, and place of
the test. You must show a picture identification at the test. Results will be sent to you
about four weeks after the test. You must pass the test or evaluation to be put on the
You must submit proof to get veteran's credit.
Veteran's credit consists of five points added your score. If you are a disabled veteran
ten points will be added to your score. More information about this credit is on the
How Appointments Are Made
Hiring is done by the various State agencies from
names sent by the State Personnel Department. These are the top ten applicants on the
register. The names of people not selected stay on the register to be considered for
future jobs. Persons are usually hired at the minimum of the pay range.