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  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. How do I apply for a state job?  What is a job bulletin?

    2. What is the "register"?

    3. May I apply online? Can I e-mail my resume to the Bureau of Human Resources?

    4. Do I have to submit an application form for every position for which I apply?  Can't I just write down several announcement numbers on one application?

    5. What paperwork do I need to complete when applying for a position with the state?

    6. Please define what the closing date on a job bulletin means.

    7. I want to apply for a job, but the city I want is not listed.  Can I still apply for the city I want?

    8. I am a current state employee and want to apply for a promotional opportunity.  Do I need to send in a state application for employment?

    9. Will I have to take an examination after I apply?

    10. I have applied.  What happens now?

    11. What do my results mean in the examination results letter?

    12. Why does my rank change almost daily?

    13. I have received my score, what happens next?

    14. I live out-of-state; can I apply? How do I interview?

    15. What are Veteran’s Preference points?

    16. What does "re-hire" mean?

    17. How do I transfer or demote?

    18. What benefits do state employees have?

    19. I have reached my register end date.  What happens now?

     

     

     

     

    1. How do I apply for a state job? What is a job bulletin?

    A job bulletin is an announcement that lists a job for which the State of Maine is currently recruiting. Job announcements will tell you the title of the job, the time period during which applications will be accepted (open/close date), the agency(s) and city(s) where the job is located, pay, duties and what type of examination (if any) you will take to qualify for the job and be on the register of qualified applicants.  The announcement will tell you how and where to apply and will list the requirements of the job.  You may apply for a State of Maine job when there is a current job announcement.

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    2. What is the "register"?

    A register is a list of applicants qualified for the job(s) for which they have applied. They have completed testing and are placed on a list, ready to be referred to agencies for job interviews. When state agencies have openings, they call the Bureau of Human Resources to request a Certification of Eligibles. Once an agency receives a Certification of Eligibles, they may begin the interview process. If your score places you within the top 6 scores on the register, you may be called for an interview. Be sure to keep your telephone number and address current with the Bureau of Human Resources. Your name will remain on the register until your score expires. You will receive a letter indicating both your examination results and the expiration date of your score.

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    3. May I apply online? Can I e-mail my resume to the Bureau of Human Resources?

    The processes for accepting online and e-mail applications are being developed. You are welcome to apply for a specific job using the State of Maine Employment Application and include your resume, but please do not send only a resume. Each job bulletin contains instructions on how to apply.

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    4. Do I have to submit an application form for every position for which I apply?  Can't I just write down several announcement numbers on one application?

    Most positions require a State of Maine Employment Application and any additional information as requested on the job bulletin. You are welcome to complete the Employment Application just once and make copies of it--changing the job class title and code. We do need an original signature.

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    5. What paperwork do I need to complete when applying for a position with the state?

    This depends upon the position. Most positions/bulletins require a State of Maine Employment Application. Instructions on each bulletin will tell you what paperwork or information is needed. This could include any of the following: answering questions listed on the back of the bulletin, college transcripts, resumes, checklists, or other information.

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    6. Please define the closing date on a job bulletin.

    The closing date found on any given job bulletin is the date by which all application materials (envelopes, resume, copies of transcripts, supplemental forms, application form, etc) must be postmarked to the Bureau of Human Resources.

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    7. I want to apply for a job, but the city I want is not listed.  Can I still apply for the city I want?

    Some announcements will show that positions are located only in certain cities. If there is no restriction on the location of the positions, you may apply and indicate the cities where you would be willing to consider employment. Please note that not all positions are located in every city.

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    8. I am a state employee and want to apply for a promotional opportunity.   Do I need to send in a state application for employment?

    Yes, please submit a State of Maine Employment Application.

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    9. Will I have to take an examination after I apply?

    In many cases, the questions you answered on the back of the bulletin were the examination. However, some jobs require a multiple-choice written examination. If additional testing is required, you will be notified by letter. The examination process is described on each bulletin.

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    10. I have applied.  What happens now?

    Once the job announcement has closed, all applications received for that position will be reviewed by Subject Matter Experts. Usually within two weeks after the closing date, you will be notified by mail of your score, an examination date or the need for additional information. The letter you receive will tell you the status of your application. For those positions with an 'until canceled' closing date, it takes roughly two weeks to review and assign a score after we receive your application.

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    11. What do my results mean in the examination results letter?

    The examination result letters notifies applicants if they passed or failed an examination, what their passing score is, and their expiration date on the register.

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    12. Why does my rank change almost daily?

    An applicant’s rank on the register can change almost on a daily basis.  As new applicants are added to the register, your placement could go down (if their score is higher than yours is).  Your rank can also go up as applicants come off a register.  This can occur for several reasons: scores have expired, applicants have obtained other jobs and asked to be removed, or applicants did not respond to letters sent by an agency or the Bureau of Human Resources.  Depending on the position, names can be added and deleted daily.

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    13. I have received my score, what happens next?

    If there is a current job opening for this position, a Certification of Eligibles is created and sent to the agency with the vacancy. If some of the applicants in the top six decline the interview opportunity, are no longer available, are unable to be contacted, etc., the agency can go to the next name(s) on the register. If there is no current opening for this position, (the bulletin is open for continuous recruitment for future job openings) the applicants are placed on the register and are available when there are job openings.

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    14. I live out-of-state; can I apply? How do I interview?

    The Bureau of Human Resources accepts applications from anyone no matter what their location. The State of Maine Employment Application and job bulletins can be printed from our Internet site, or we can mail or fax them to you. This information is also available at any Maine Career Center Office. We accept applications by personal delivery, drop-off box, or mail. Job interviews are arranged by the state agency that is hiring the applicant. You are welcome to inquire about telephone interviews with the hiring agency should you be called for an interview.

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    15. What are Veteran’s Preference points?

    Go to the Veterans Preference page.

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    16. What does "re-hire" mean? 

    Re-hire means the re-employment of a former classified employee to a class in which he or she held a permanent status. Former classified state employees: If a state employee quits or their employment from state service is terminated, without prejudice, for any reason, they may be eligible for re-employment into a job classification which they held as a state employee. The length of re-hire eligibility is 3 years. Re-employment forms must be approved by the last employer and submitted to the Bureau of Human Resources.

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    17. How do I transfer or demote?

    A current classified state employee may be eligible to transfer or demote into any job classification of equal or lower pay grade if they meet the minimum qualifications of that job classification. A Transfer/Demotion request should be completed and submitted to the Bureau of Human Resources.

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    18. What benefits do state employees have?

    Go to the Employee Benefits page.

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    19. I have reached my register end date.  What happens now?

    Once a score has expired, you must re-apply for the classification. (See Question 1)