Application Process

How to Apply

You must apply for each job you are interested in;

  • Statewide Opening (Employment Registers-*Open Competitive Jobs)

  • Agency Openings (all agency postings are listed on the State Jobs page, which is searchable by category or agency)

Evaluation Process

Minimum qualifications are established for each job title by the Bureau of Human Resources in conjunction with the employing agencies. You must meet the minimum qualifications before being allowed to go through the examination process. Therefore, it is imperative that applications be complete and accurate.

Statewide Openings (Employment Registers-*Open Competitive Jobs)

Eligibility lists for each classification are comprised of applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the examination process. Open registers will be listed at the top of the state jobs page under the category *Open Competitive.

(NOTE: It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that information (such as home address and phone number) is kept up to date.)

Certification to Vacancies (Employment Registers-*Open Competitive Jobs)

When a request to fill a vacancy is received, the names of the top six candidates (more if there are tie scores) are sent to the hiring agency. Normal order of referral is:

  1. Employees on lay-off status from Maine State Government
  2. Current employees of the hiring agency
  3. Current Maine State Employees in other hiring agencies
  4. Candidates on reemployment status (former Maine State Employees)
  5. Candidates not currently employed by the State of Maine

(Note: Qualified Veteran and Gold Star spouse candidates are added to certifications listed in sections 2-5)

State agencies may request other methods of certification, such as by score only. Additionally, names of qualified handicapped, minority, or female candidates may be certified.

Probationary Period

This is the final part of the employment process. The probationary period is used for closely observing an employee's work performance before permanent status is granted. The duration is usually six months, but may be extended by the appointing authority by up to 6 additional months.