Application Process

Applying for a government job isn't as complicated as people may make it seem! We've outlined the steps for applying below. Click on each step to see detailed explanations.

In order to apply for a state government job in California, you need to create a CalCareer Account. You only need one CalCareer account to apply for all jobs in the state. This account will enable you to take a civil service exam (online). Creating an account is super easy and quick. Click here to create a CalCareer Account

Exams are specific to job types (civil service classification) and must be completed prior to submitting an application. A completed exam will determine your eligibility for the position. All State exams are labeled "bulletins" and can be found at We've also linked to the relevant civil service examination in the job descriptions on this website so no need to go digging for examinations - just review the job description of the position you're applying for!

Note: The civil service exams aren't scary or complicated! In fact, the "examination" name is somewhat misleading. The examination asks a series of questions about your professional background to ensure you have the necessary training to thrive in the associated position. Low stress!

Applications typically require three documents. Those documents are:
  • Standard State Application: Complete this form and submit with your application.
  • Statement of Qualifications: Please submit a Statement of Qualifications that discusses how your education, training, experience, and skills meet the minimum qualifications and desirable qualifications and qualify you for the position. The Statement of Qualifications demonstrates your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length.
  • Resume: 1-2 page resume
There are two or three different ways to submit an application, depending on the role you are applying for. We don't have a preference, so do whatever is easiest for you!
  • Electronically (for select positions only): Application packets may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account.
  • By Mail: See job posting for address.
  • In Person: See job posting for address.
We will invite a select group of candidates into the office for an interview. Interviews will take place in Sacramento or San Francisco. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, but interviews will only be extended after the application deadline.

After the interview, we will extend a job offer to one candidate, conditional on passing the background check.
  • We'll extend a tentative job offer. In order to get an official offer, you'll need to pass a background check.
  • Depending on the position, different background checks are required. We will send you more information about the background check process if we provide you with a tentative job offer.
  • Once you pass the background check, we'll extend an official officer.
Yipee! You've decided to join our team. We're looking forward to having you onboard. We'll be in touch about start date logistics.

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