Frequently Asked Quesitons

  1. How do I identify current job openings?

  2. Can I view job postings without logging in?

  3. What does the Initial Review Date (IRD) mean?

  4. I don’t have a computer; how will I apply?

  5. Is the UCSC application required at the time I apply?

  6. Do I have to fill out an application every time I apply for a job?

  7. I don’t have a resume or a cover letter; will that affect my application?

  8. My resume is on paper, and I don’t have a scanner. How can I submit it using your on-line system?

  9. Do I need an email address to use the Web Employment Application?

  10. Can I apply via email?

  11. Can I apply for a "Campus Only" recruitment?

  12. Can I apply for several jobs simultaneously to save time?

  13. How can I be sure that my electronic application arrived?

  14. Can I submit general application materials so that I may be considered for future positions that match my skills and abilities?

  15. Why do job openings remain listed so long after the Initial Review Date (IRD) has passed?

  16. How can I get more information about the hiring unit or a particular job opening?

  17. I applied weeks ago but haven't heard anything from the hiring unit. What should I do?

  18. How can I obtain counseling on resume preparation, interviewing and other career search activities?

  19. How can I learn about academic (i.e., lecturers, professors, etc.) job openings?

  20. How can I learn about employment opportunities at other UC Campuses?


Questions with Answers:

  1. How do I identify current job openings?

    • You can view current job openings and submit application materials electronically at http://jobs.ucsc.edu.

  2. Can I view job postings without logging in?

    • Yes. Job seekers may browse job postings without being logged in.

  3. What does the Initial Review Date (IRD) mean?

  4. I don’t have a computer; how will I apply?

    • Computers are available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources office located at 1201 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz.[Directions] Computers are also available at public libraries and local Employment Development locations across the county.
  5. Is the UCSC application required at the time I apply?

    • Job Seekers are required to apply on-line at http://jobs.ucsc.edu. A separate application must be submitted for each position you wish to be considered for. During the on-line process you will complete, save and submit a standard employment application.

  6. Do I have to fill out an application every time I apply for a job?

    • No. You may use the same application to apply for multiple jobs.

  7. I don’t have a resume or a cover letter; will that affect my application?

    • Applicants will be required to create and store an application in the system. This document can be updated at any time and is available for use when applying to other UCSC staff recruitments. Inclusion of cover letter, resume, and other relevant materials is at the discretion of the applicant.

  8. My resume is on paper, and I don’t have a scanner. How can I submit it using your on-line system?

    • Local copy services such as Kinko’s can scan and load your document onto a USB Thumb Drive or a CD. You can then use the electronic version of your resume at any computer with browser and Internet access to apply. Or you can type your resume information into one of the computers located in the Staff Human Resources lobby, save to a temporary file and then attach it to your electronic application.

  9. Do I need an email address to use the on-line application process?

    • No, however not providing it may cause delay or prohibit us from communicating with you. If you don't have an email address already, you can set up a free account at any one of the following web sites: GMAILOUTLOOK or YAHOO.

  10. Can I apply via email?

    • We do not accept application materials via email.

  11. Can I apply for a "Campus Only" recruitment?

    • Under certain circumstances, a hiring unit may limit the scope of their recruitment to current campus employees (staff, student & academic positions) and former employees with active Layoff or Special Selection status. In this case, advertising would be limited to the UC Santa Cruz campus and only applicants meeting the above criteria would be eligible to apply.

  12. Can I apply for several jobs simultaneously to save time?

    • No. However, once your initial application has been created and saved in the system, you can access it at any time to apply for other jobs. You may also easily customize you application for each position you apply to.

  13. How can I be sure that my electronic application arrived?

    • A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you specify when creating your application.

  14. Can I submit general application materials so that I may be considered for future positions that match my skills and abilities?

    • At this time we only accept application materials for positions that are currently posted.

  15. Why do job openings remain listed so long after the Initial Review Date (IRD) has passed?

    • UCSC is a large institution with many units, each of which has its own recruitment timetable for jobs that it posts. Hiring units may also utilize a search committee to screen and interview applicants, which can extend the timetable. We know that this can be frustrating for applicants. Be patient and persistent.

  16. How can I get more information about the hiring unit or a particular job opening?

    • Sometimes hiring units reference a web site or unit contact on the job posting.

    • If this information is not on the posting you can call our office at 831-459-2009. We may be able to provide you with contact information. Make sure to have the job number when making your inquiry.

  17. I applied weeks ago but haven't heard anything from the hiring unit. What should I do?

    • You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into the system (http://jobs.ucsc.edu) with your user name and password. From the left navigation bar choose “Application Status”. There you can view your application materials, your status within each recruitment, etc.

  18. How can I obtain counseling on resume preparation, interviewing and other career search activities?

    • Career Center in Capitola and Watsonville provide free job seeker consultation.

    • Career Center Capitola: 2045 40th Ave. Capitola, CA 95010 831/464-6286.

    • Career Center Watsonville: 18 W. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076 831/763-8700.

    • Or you can attend a free UCSC Community Applicant Workshop.

  19. How can I learn about academic (i.e., lecturers, professors, etc.) job openings?

    • Individual academic units manage their own hiring processes. Please contact the academic unit directly to inquire about academic positions. You can also find information about open positions on the Academic Employment web site.

  20. How can I learn about employment opportunities at other UC Campuses?

    • To research employment at other UC Campuses, medical centers and laboratories go to the UC Systemwide Employment web site.

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