Tips for Successfully Submitting an Online Application

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  • Read the job description before you apply. Be sure to follow instructions in completing and in submitting your application packet. Failure to follow instructions may delay your application and could be grounds for your application being rejected.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t apply at the last minute. Almost all jobs require an application form and responses to essay-type questions, which will be used in the selection process.
  • Provide complete information. In Ithe WORK EXPERIENCE section of the application form, list all jobs held during the past 10+ years, including verifiable voluntary experience, starting with your present or most recent experience. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completing the Work Experience section.
  • Conviction history questions. This is required information and must be included with each application. Applicants with conviction(s) are not automatically disqualified from employment with the County of San Mateo. Conviction information is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Court and/or DMV printouts, police reports or rap sheets are not accepted in lieu of answering the conviction history questions.
  • Pay attention to your responses to the supplemental questions. Responses to the supplemental questions will be used in the selection process. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in evaluating your responses. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of responding to the questions.
  • Make an impression. The application packet you file will make a lasting impression to the selection committee.
  • Confirm your application. Ensure that all information submitted is accurate and complete. Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make changes to it.
  • Submit and release. After confirming your application, you will be prompted to Certify and Submit your application to San Mateo County.
  • Check your email. You know your application went through successfully when you receive an email confirmation shortly after submission. Note: If you indicated on your application that you wish to be notified via e-mail of your application status, testing date(s), and examination result(s), you are responsible for monitoring instructions and correspondence from this office by checking your email account in a timely manner. Make sure to also check your spam mail.
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