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Welcome to The Job Site, your best bet for finding Careers with the State of Georgia!
State of Georgia government is made up of more than 140 agencies,
authorities, commissions, community service boards, DTAE educational
institutions, boards and legislative bodies. (This does not even
include individual colleges and universities of the Board of Regents.)
The Merit System Reform Act of 1996* allows each of these entities to
determine, individually, how they will recruit, screen and hire
applicants for jobs in their organizations. The Job Site is State agencies' tool of choice to find, recruit, and hire high caliber employees.
*Note: Also, as provided by the Merit System Reform Act of 1996, all new employees hired by the State after July 1, 1996 are “unclassified” and
not covered by Merit System/civil service rules and regulations.
Where is the State of Georgia Employment Application?
The Job Site offers the most central place to find job opportunities with the State of Georgia.
For any job you find advertised on The Job Site, you will need to complete the State of Georgia Resume Builder and apply on-line for that job.
Some of these jobs, however, may also require that you submit additional application materials, including a paper application or resume.
In this case, or if you are applying for a job which is being announced by an individual agency but is not listed on The Job Site, or if you are otherwise applying for a job (or promotional opportunity) with the State that requires a completed State of Georgia Employment paper application, you have a choice of two options:
Contact the hiring/employing agency to obtain specific information about what materials you will need to submit in order to apply.
The hiring/employing agency should be able to provide copies of the Employment Application, as well as other required materials.
The Georgia Merit System continues to provide the State of Georgia Employment Application for electronic download.
The application is available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word formats at:
How do I apply for a job with the State of Georgia?
If you find a job on The Job Site for which you wish to apply:
- In the job announcement, select .
- If necessary, create My JobSearch or login to your My JobSearch account.
- After the job is added to your My Jobs folder, select .
- If necessary, complete or revise your resume/application.
- Submit any additional required information to complete your on-line application.
Please Note: Individual State agencies may recruit for job vacancies in a variety of ways including posting job announcements on The Job Site.
If you are only interested in employment with a particular agency, select that agency's code to find job announcements on The Job Site, or contact that agency's personnel office directly to learn about other opportunities.
If you find a job by contacting an agency personnel office directly, be sure to follow their instructions carefully to apply.
What are continuous recruitment jobs?
Continuous Recruitment indicates jobs for which applications are
received on an on-going basis. These jobs are often difficult to
fill or may have frequent openings. The Continuous Recruitment
job titles list IS NOT A LIST OF SPECIFIC JOB OPENINGS.
Interested individuals apply for these jobs through The Job Site
and may be further evaluated by the Georgia Merit System. A list of
available applicants is maintained, from which State Agencies have
the option of scheduling interviews.
For jobs in continuous recruitment, you will have the opportunity to specify
your counties of availability during the application process.
What are special recruitment jobs and
where do I find information for specific vacancies?
Special Recruitment indicates specific job vacancies posted to The
Job Site. The application period is limited. These jobs currently
have vacancies or may have an infrequent recruitment schedule.
Job hunters can apply for these jobs on-line on The Job Site, but should also follow any specific instructions provided in the additional information section by the hiring agency.
What are Minimum and Preferred Qualifications?
The "Minimum Qualifications" listed for a vacancy are the amount and
type of work experience, education/training and/or licensure you need
to have to be considered for that job. Qualifications might also be
stated in terms of minimum competencies. You may also see "Preferred
Qualifications". Applicants with these competencies, education or
experience will usually be given first consideration in screening and
hiring for that particular vacancy.
For certain jobs, an agency may require you to complete additional
screening procedures before hiring. These could include work samples,
and/or physical ability or medical requirements. The agency may also
require a criminal background check, polygraph examination or drug
What is My JobSearch?
The Job Site gives you new ways to personalize your State of Georgia career search with My JobSearch.
With My JobSearch you are able to establish a convenient, personalized applicant account...
- With this account you can enter, update, and store your resume/application information on-line via the State of Georgia Resume Builder.
- You are able to schedule exams for jobs requiring examinations as well as review scoring information for jobs that require a scored evaluation.
- Also in My JobSearch, you will find an area called My Jobs (think on-line job shopping cart).
In My Jobs you can select, apply for, and check the status of your application for jobs in which you are interested.
By giving you more flexibility and control over these activities, we at The Job Site and with the State of Georgia hope to make your employment search as efficient and effective as possible.
What if I forget My JobSearch UserID or password?
If you have forgotten your password but you know your UserID and have a working email
address associated with your account, access our
'forgot password' feature to have
your password emailed to you.
Don't remember your UserID, or don't have a working email address? Please
follow the instructions below.
For quick assistance in resetting your password or verifying your UserID, call (404) 656-2728.
You will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, address, phone, etc. to verify your My JobSearch account.
Once your account has been verified, your UserId can be retrieved or, if necessary, your password reset*.
*Note: The Job Site staff do not have access to job hunters' passwords.
If you forget your password, a new one will need to be assigned.
What is Resume Builder?
The State of Georgia Resume Builder helps job hunters build an on-line resume for applying for State of Georgia jobs. You can only have one resume/application on file with the State of Georgias The Job Site.
This resume is used for evaluating your qualifications for all jobs for which you have applied (or are applying) and is not linked to a particular job vacancy.
Your resume may also be made available to State of Georgia agencies that are considering you for various jobs, now or in the future.
Therefore, you should not customize the content of your resume for a specific job vacancy.
Instead, describe your education and work history in a way that is applicable to any job for which you might apply or be consideredspecifically emphasizing your overall significant accomplishments.
Most importantly, the content of your resume should be consistent.
It should only need to be revised when you gain additional education or experience--not each time you apply for a different job.
How do I update my resume?
You can edit your on-line Resume at any time, and you will want to make
revisions when you gain additional education or work experiences. However,
only the most recent version of your Resume resides in the database.
Therefore, it is not advisable to customize the Resume for each individual
job for which you apply.
To edit your on-line Resume, please click "My JobSearch" and log-in to
your electronic folder. Next, select "Edit Resume" and input your updated
information in the appropriate fields. To save your updates, click "Preview
My Resume" at the bottom of the screen. Then click "Save My Resume" at
the bottom of the next screen. Your updates have been saved.
How safe is TheJobSite concerning privacy of personal information in Resume Builder?
The Georgia Merit System is committed to respecting the privacy of our users. To
What is a "session",
what happens when my "Session Time Left" reaches zero,
and why do I keep losing information in my resume?
For security reasons, a job hunter on The Job Site must interact with the web site on a regular basis.
This period of activity is called a "session".
If no activity is requested from the web server for longer than 20 minutes (i.e. the job hunter has not changed web pages for 20 minutes), the job hunter's session will time-out.
This time out helps lessen the possibility that a stranger can come along behind you and access your information if you forget to log out.
In the specific case of Resume Builder, if a session has been idle for 15 minutes, a warning box pops up.
This warning box indicates that the user's session is about to expire and information entered in to Resume Builder may be lost unless the user saves the resume.
If the job hunter has multiple windows open, and the Resume Builder is in the background when the 15 minute warning pops up, the session will still end even if the user doesn't save changes to the Resume before then.
There are two methods to help maintain your session and prevent losing information in Resume Builder:
- Watch the session timer in the top right-hand of your screen. Before it reaches zero, click on the "More time..." button.
This will open and close a new window that tells The Job Site that you're still working and will reset the session counter to 20 minutes.
- Alternatively, if you are in Resume Builder, regularly preview and confirm your work and then go back to editing.
Be aware, however, that previewing your resume does not save it.
To save changes to your resume, you must click the Save & Go Next button or the Save & Exit button at the bottom of each section.
When I try to login to My JobSearch account, why do I receive the message:
"Your connection to My JobSearch has been reset.
It is possible your session has been idle longer than 20 minutes or that there has been network trouble."?
This error can occur if your browser is set to not accept cookies.
Use of The Job Site requires that your browser be set to accept cookies.
Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer to allow access to The Job Site system.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0 and are having difficulty logging into your
My JobSearch account, please check the privacy settings in your browser. If your privacy
settings are set to "Medium" and you can not login you may need to use the "override your
current cookie handling practices for individual sites that you specify." feature.
To override your current cookie handling practices for individual sites:
- Select "Internet Options" from the "Tools" Menu.
- Click on the "Edit" button in the "Override cookie handling for individual websites" section.
- This will open the "Per Site Privacy Actions" dialogue box.
- Type "thejobsite.org" in the "Address of Web site" box.
- Click the "Allow" button. Click the "OK" button, then close the "Per Site Privacy Actions" dialogue box.
- Click the "OK" button to close the "Internet Options" dialogue box and apply your changes.
Additional information and detailed instructions for enabling cookies and customizing your privacy preferences for Microsoft IE 6.0 are available at:
In Microsoft IE 5.0, detailed instructions for enabling cookies are available at:
In Netscape Communicator, to enable cookies,
- Select Edit/Preferences... from the menu bar.
- Select Category/Advanced on the left-hand side of the window.
- On the right-hand side of the window, under cookies, select Accept all cookies.
- Select OK.
I'm using AOL to complete Resume Builder.
Sometimes I'm disconnected from the Internet or My JobSearch session ends even though I've clicked the "More Time..." button.
What can I do?
AOL, as well as many other Internet service providers (ISPs), incorporate timers into their software to limit continuous access to the Internet.
By doing so, they are able to efficiently serve more customers by disconnecting idle connections.
Such a timer works similarly to your My JobSearch session timer.
Unfortunately, however, adding more time to your My JobSearch session by clicking the "More Time..." button does not necessarily reset your ISP's timer.
The following has been suggested as a work around:
- Log on to your AOL account.
- Minimize the AOL window.
- Start Internet Explorer or Netscape from the desktop shortcut.
- From Internet Explorer/Netscape (rather than from AOL), log on to your My JobSearch account and complete your resume or apply on-line from there.
It is strongly suggested that you continue to interact with your AOL software during your My JobSearch session to avoid being disconnected.
What do I do if I encounter a technical problem using Careers.ga.gov or if I discover a bug?
You can report any bugs you may encounter while using Careers.ga.gov on the bug reporting form.