Frequently asked questions about state employment

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Employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of MN State Government.  When considering a job with another branch of state government, contact your current and anticipated human resource representatives to discuss differences in benefits and seniority.



To do this, submit your resume and a completed State of MN Employment Application Form to:  MN Management & Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN  55155.  Indicate the POSTING NUMBER on your application.  Paper applications are available through the State Employment Website <http://www.careers.state.mn.us> or by calling 651-259-3637.



If this resume clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience/education, you do not need to submit another.  However, to ensure consideration for this position, you MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS POSTING NUMBER by checking the “Apply for This Job” box on the bottom of the announcement.



Some agencies may accept applications beyond the announcement period.  Check with the agency contact on the posting to verify whether you may apply after the closing date.



We recommend the following process for a first time visitor because it will give you the most flexibility and control over your job search activities with the State of Minnesota.

Search for a Job

Go to the Careers Home Page and then <Search for a Job>.
  • Enter your search criteria. (To view all job postings, do not enter any search criteria)
  • If you find a position you are interested in and qualify for, you will need to create a My State Job Search account in order to submit your resume and apply for a job.
Create a My State Job Search account

Create a My State Job Search account by entering a user ID and password. This will allow you to:
  • create an online resume using Resume Builder
  • update your resume at any time
  • apply for open positions
  • check the status of your application for jobs
  • set up Job Search Agents to email you about new job opportunities
Remember to save your user ID and password for future access to your account.

Resume Builder


Once your account is set up, you can create and submit your resume. The first time you access Resume Builder, you have a choice of: 1) building your resume from scratch by entering information into the various fields, or 2) copying and pasting in your existing resume. Follow the instructions on the Resume Builder pages and press the <Submit your Resume> button at the bottom of the screen when completed. You will know your resume was successfully submitted when you see a screen that states, “Resume Builder-Thank You” at the top.

Applying for Jobs


Once your resume is submitted, you can apply for jobs online. Click the <Apply for Jobs> link within My State Job Search. From here you have two options:
  • You can search and review job postings by selecting <Search for Jobs>. When you find a position that you qualify for, click inside the Apply for this job box at the top of the job posting and click the <Apply to selected jobs> at the bottom of the page, or
  • If you know the posting number to which you want to apply, select <Apply for Positions>. Type the job posting number exactly as indicated on the job posting.
Save the point of contact information indicated on the job posting for questions about the job.

Job Search Agent


Let state jobs come to you! Once you have created a My State Job Search account, you can also create a Job Search Agent (requires an email address). A Job Search Agent will automatically notify you via email when a job posting matching your search criteria becomes available. Agents will remain active for six months. Applicants are encouraged to create agents using very broad search criteria, to ensure you don’t miss out on any job posting matches. A Job Search Agent can be updated at anytime to narrow the number of matches.

Helpful suggestion


If you do not find a specific position you are interested in applying to at this time, but plan to continue looking for employment with the State of Minnesota, we encourage you to create a My State Job Search account and submit your resume now. By doing so, you will be ready when the right opportunity becomes available.

  • Go to the Careers home page and select <Employment Information>, and then <Search for a Job>. You can search by job grouping, agency, location, requisition number, or keyword.


  • If you have not done so already, create a My State Job Search and use Resume Builder to submit your resume. Once your resume is submitted, you can apply for jobs online. Click the <Apply for Jobs> link within My State Job Search.
  • If you have already created one, login to your existing My State Job Search account and select the <Apply for Jobs> link.
  • Follow the instructions on the page. Save the point of contact information indicated on the job posting for questions about the job.


  • The hiring agency will match the requirement listed in their job posting with the skills, experience and education listed on your resume. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the hiring agency.
  • The hiring agency is encouraged to contact all applicants by the completion of the selection process and notify them of their status. If you have questions about the job, contact the person indicated on the job posting.


  • Login to your My State Job Search account, select <Apply to Jobs> to check the status of the jobs to which you have applied or contact the person indicated on the job posting.


  • Yes, we encourage you to submit your resume for future job opportunities. Agencies may search the resume data base for resumes that meet vacancy requirements as a means to supplement the number of applicants who apply directly to a vacancy. Therefore, you may be contacted about a vacancy even though you did not apply directly to that particular vacancy.


  • You must have a My State Job Search account established to electronically submit your resume. Once your account is established (by creating a user ID and password), select Resume Builder to submit your resume. Remember to save your user ID and password for future access to your account.


Creating a My State Job Search account allows you to:
  • create an online resume using Resume Builder
  • update your resume at any time
  • apply for open positions
  • check the status of your application for jobs
  • set up a Job Search Agent to email you about new job opportunities
Having a My State Job Search account is the best way to manage your State of Minnesota career search.

  • The Resume Builder is a tool which allows job seekers to create an online resume for applying to State of Minnesota jobs. It gives you the option of creating a resume from scratch by entering information into the appropriate fields or copying and pasting an existing resume. Resume Builder can be accessed through the Employment Information page and then My State Job Search.


  • A Job Search Agent is a tool that notifies you via email when a new job posting opens matching the search criteria you established. You can create up to five different agents. When creating a Job Search Agent, you may specify the job type, location, agency, employment condition or salary that interests you. We recommend making your search criteria very broad, to ensure you don’t miss any job opportunities. Your Job Search Agent only notifies you of positions that match the search criteria you indicated, not the information on your resume. Your search agent will remain active for six months. Two weeks before your agent expires, you will be notified and asked to renew your subscription for another six months. (This may also be a good time to review the contact information on your resume. If needed, update and resubmit your resume.)
The Job Search Agent tool is part of your My State Job Search account and can be accessed through the Employment Information page and then My State Job Search.


  • Once you submit your resume and agree to the conditions of the application, you will know if your resume has been successfully submitted when you see a screen stating, “Resume Builder-Thank You” at the top. In addition, if you provided an email address when establishing your account, you will also receive an email confirmation.


  • You can update your online resume at any time by accessing your My State Job Search account and selecting Resume Builder. Follow the instructions on the screen and remember to press the <Submit your Resume> button at the bottom of the Resume Builder page when finished. You will know if your resume has been successfully submitted when you see a screen stating, “Resume Builder-Thank You” at the top.
  • You will want to make revisions when you gain additional education, work experience or when your contact information changes. Remember, only the most recent version of your resume is viewable in the State of Minnesota database. Therefore, it is not advisable to customize your resume for each individual job for which you apply.


  • No. Applicants can only have one active resume on file with the State of Minnesota. Your active resume is used for evaluating your qualifications for all the State of Minnesota jobs for which you have applied. Therefore, you should not customize the content of your resume for a specific job. Instead, create a resume which comprehensively describes your education, work history and job-related accomplishments. Your resume should only need to be revised when you gain additional education or experience--not each time you apply for a different job.


  • If you can remember your user ID, click <Forgot your Password> link on the My State Job Search site. The system will create a new password and send it to the email address you provided in your account. You only need to click the <Forgot your Password> link once. Please note that the user ID and password are case sensitive.
  • If you forget your user ID or password, email careers@state.mn.us to request your information or call 651.259.3637 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 to 4:00 PM.


  • Your resume will remain active for 12 months from the date you submit your resume or until you are hired to a State job. Each time you update and resubmit your resume, the 12 month period starts again.


  • Login to your My State Job Search account. Click <Account Management> and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • To ensure your new email address is available to human resource staff, you must click <Submit Your Resume> in the Resume Builder section.
  • If your email address is included in the Resume Text section you need to update your email address there before submitting your resume.
Note: If you used your previous email address as your user ID, this will remain your user ID, but all correspondence will be sent to the email address you have listed in the Account Management link.


The typical process is as follows:
  • When an agency has an unlimited classified job vacancy, it will be posted on the State of Minnesota Employment site. Agencies may post temporary or unclassified vacancies as well.
  • Read the entire job posting carefully. If you meet the requirements and are interested in the position, apply to the position. Save the point of contact information indicated on the job posting for questions about the job.
  • The hiring agency will match the requirements listed in their job posting with the skills, experience and education listed on your resume. The applicants who are deemed a good match may be contacted by the hiring agency for an interview.
  • When the interviews and any additional screening procedures are completed, the hiring agency will make a job offer.
  • The hiring agency is encouraged to contact all applicants by the completion of the selection process, and notify them of their status. If you have questions about the job, contact the person indicated on the job posting.


The probationary period is an extension of the selection process. It provides an opportunity for the Appointing Authority to evaluate and the employee to demonstrate whether the employee can perform the duties and fulfill the responsibilities of the position.



  • State agencies determine the length of notice for their job posting depending upon their expected recruitment needs. Jobs may be posted for a minimum of one full day, but are typically posted for longer periods of time.
  • The State of Minnesota employment page is always open for resume submission. We encourage applicants to submit their resume to the State so they will be ready to apply when the right job opportunity becomes available.


  • The minimum qualifications listed on a job posting outline the work experience, education/training and/or licensure you must have to be considered for that job. “Preferred Qualifications” may also be listed. Applicants meeting the preferred qualifications are usually given priority consideration in screening and hiring for that particular job posting.
  • For certain jobs, an agency may require you to complete additional screening procedures before hiring. These could include work samples, skills tests, written tests, and/or physical ability or medical requirements. The agency may also require a criminal background check or drug test. This information will be indicated on the job posting.


  • If you use the "copy and paste" option to create your resume in Resume Builder, save your resume in "plain text" format prior to pasting it into Resume Builder.
  • Remove all formatting such as boldface, italics and different size fonts.
  • Replace all bullets with either a dash (-) or an asterisk (*). Use only characters found on your keyboard.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Always proofread your resume for spelling and grammatical errors. Ask a friend to review your resume.
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