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Application Process

We recommend the following process to give you the most flexibility and control over your job search activities with the State of Minnesota.

  • Search for Jobs
    Go to the Search for Jobs page and click on “Search for Jobs.”
    • Enter your search criteria.
    • To view all job postings, do not enter any search criteria.
    • If you find a position that matches your skills and interests, you will need to create an online application system account in order to submit your resume and apply for a job.
  • Create an Online Application Account
    Go to the online application system and click on “Create a My State Job Search Account.”
    • Complete the required fields.
    • Remember to save your user ID and password for future access to your account.
    Once your account is created, you will be able to:
    • Create an online resume using Resume Builder.
    • Update your resume at any time.
    • Apply for open jobs.
    • Check the status of your application(s).
    • Set up job search agents to receive emails about new job openings.
  • Create and Submit Your Resume
    Once your account is set up in the online application system, you can create and submit your resume via our Resume Builder tool. The first time you access Resume Builder, you have a choice of:
    • Building your resume from scratch by entering information into the various fields, or
    • Copying and pasting in your existing resume.

    Follow the instructions on the Resume Builder pages and click the “Submit your Resume” button at the bottom of the screen when completed. Once your resume is successfully submitted, you will see “Resume Builder-Thank You” at the top of the screen.

    If you need additional resume tips, see the Resume Tips page.
  • Apply for Jobs
    Once your resume is submitted through Resume Builder, you can apply for jobs online. Click the “Apply for Jobs” link within the online application system. From here you have two options:
    • You can search and view job postings by clicking “Search for Jobs.” When you find a job that matches your skills and interests, check the “Apply for this job” box at the bottom of the posting and click the “Apply to selected jobs” at the bottom of the page. Or, 
    • If you know the job posting number, click on “Apply for Positions.” Enter the job posting number exactly as indicated on the job posting and press “Continue.” Next, click on the “Apply” button.
  • Check Your Application Status
    To check on the status of a submitted application, visit the online application system. Once logged in, click on the “Apply for Jobs” link at the top of the page. Here you can see the jobs you have applied to online, the date each job was posted and closed, and your application status.
  • Create a Job Alert
    Once you have created an account in the online application system, you can also create a job alert by setting up 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. A job search agent will remain active for six months. We encourage you to create these using very broad search criteria to ensure you don’t miss out on any job posting matches. Job search agents can be updated at any time to narrow the number of matches.
  • Additional Application Tips
    • Remember to save your user ID and password for future access to your account.
    • Apply directly to each job opening that matches your skills and interests.
    • Save the posting number, job details, and point of contact each time you apply.
    • Use broad search criteria when searching for a job and when creating job search agents.
    • If you do not find a specific position you are interested in at this time, we encourage you to create a My State Job Search account and submit your resume so you’ll be ready when the right opportunity becomes available.