Application Tips and FAQ's
NEOGOV tips for applicants
Go to the "Career Opportunities" page to see open postings. When you find a job you’re interested in, click “Apply” to set up your user account. Or, start by creating your account so your profile is set up and ready when you find a posting.
Be sure to click on “Save Work in Progress” periodically to ensure your information is saved. Typing does not extend the 30-minute session time-out; if you have enabled pop-ups, you are asked if you would like to continue your session.
Remember to keep a record of your username and password; you’ll need them to sign back into the system to apply for other jobs or check the status of your application(s). Be careful to enter your username and password exactly as you entered them when you set up your account.
- Access to a personal or public computer with a web browser program
- A connection to the Internet
- An email address
- The information you’ll need to complete your application (resume, work history, education, etc.)
Be sure to allow emails sent from governmentjobs.com. Enable pop-up messages from governmentjobs.com to ensure you receive important system messages.
If you have an account with governmentjobs.com, you can use it to apply for King County jobs.
Once you submit your application, a confirmation email is sent immediately and your materials become available to the hiring department. Applications may be screened based on the requirements to narrow the applicant pool. Applicants who best match the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for the position will be contacted to continue in the selection process.
Jobs may be posted every day. Check the website daily for new postings.
NEOGOV sends a notification email that your application has been successfully received.
We can accept applications only for positions that are currently open for recruitment. However, we encourage you to sign up for job notifications. This feature provides you the opportunity to check off job classifications that interest you, which will generate automatic emails when a new job opens. To learn about the county’s job classifications visit (Compensation site).
A resume cannot be accepted in place of a completed application. Do not state "see resume" in any section of your application. Be sure and review the job announcement for required documentation. Depending on the position, a resume and/or cover letter may be necessary. If your application packet does not include all requested materials, it will be incomplete and will not be considered for the position.
Yes, you will need to submit a separate application for each position that interests you. Your registration with Governmentjobs.com makes it easy to update and customize your application for each position.
In addition to the application, you may be asked to submit a resume, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions, or other materials. Review the job announcement carefully for instructions. For applications submitted online, please note the system will close the posting at the date and time listed on the announcement. If you have not submitted your application by this deadline, your application will not be accepted. For applications submitted in person or through the mail (our mailing address is Human Resources Division, 500 4th Ave Room 553, Seattle, WA 98104), the application must reach us by 4:30 pm PT on the date listed on the announcement. Postmarks are not accepted.
The hiring department carefully reviews all applications to identify the most qualified applicants. Applications will be reviewed in comparison with all other applications received. This review may take a few weeks. The most-qualified applicants may be invited to participate in additional selection activities such as tests or interviews. Each job posting will indicate if additional selection activities will be conducted. If you receive notification for a test or interview confirm your attendance, if requested. Notification is sent to applicants per their indicated preference (email, phone or postal mail).
If you applied online, you can check the status of your application by logging into the online application system and clicking "Application Status." Because we receive hundreds of applications, we ask that you allow at least two weeks after the closing date to review your status. If you don’t hear back within a few weeks, contact the recruiter listed on the job announcement. If you selected your notification preference as email, check your spam folder. Sometimes our emails find their way there instead of the inbox.
If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper King County application form and answers to any required supplemental questions (you may also submit a resume and cover letter in addition to the paper application form). Please note that our offices are open until 4:30 pm PT. Therefore, if you use a paper application, it must be received before 4:30 pm on the date the announcement closes. Send your application (including all required materials) to: Human Resources Division, Job Application, 500 4th Avenue, Room 553, Seattle, WA 98104