Tips for Applying

Where to Apply

Job Seekers are required to apply on-line at http://jobs.ucsc.edu. Here you may view current job openings and submit an electronic application.

Computers are available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources office:

Office Location: [Directions]
100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100 
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Computers are also available at public libraries and local Employment Development Department (EDD) locations across the county.

How It Works

  1. Search job posting from http://jobs.ucsc.edu.

  2. Click “view” under the job title that interests you.

  3. Review the job posting and click “apply for this posting”.

  4. New users will be prompted to create a user name and password. You will then be moved through a series of screens to create and save an employment application.

  5. Returning users will be prompted to login.

  6. Using your saved application you will apply to this job posting selected and be allowed to attach supplemental documents. Inclusion of cover letter, resume, and other relevant materials is at the discretion of the applicant.

  7. At the end of the application process you will receive a confirmation number.

  8. 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.

NOTE: For security purposes the system will automatically log you off after 60 minutes of “no activity”. This may result in a loss of information. “No activity” is defined as not changing screens or functions.

Be Aware Of Initial Review Dates (IRD)

What is the IRD? - All UCSC staff jobs are advertised as “Open Until Filled” with an Initial Review Date (IRD). Application materials submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the IRD will be forwarded to the hiring unit for consideration.

Important Note: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only upon the request of the hiring unit.

Make every effort to submit your materials before the Initial Review Date to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

What To Do

  • Read the qualifications for the position for which you wish to apply and tailor your resume and/or application to demonstrate your qualifications for the position. Please see Job Search Tips.
  • Have your resume and cover letter ready to attach or paste into the appropriate fields.
  • Choose a time when you can complete the process from beginning to end (about 30-45 minutes).
  • Select the job you wish to apply for from the list, click on the job title, and then click the "Apply Now" button.

What Not To Do

  • Do not use the “BACK”, “FORWARD” or “ REFRESH” buttons to navigate the site.
  • Do not bookmark a particular job posting as this may cause an error.
  • Do not close the application window before completing the process.
  • Do not use the back arrow on the browser navigation bar.

Using The Sort Feature

Why Use The Sort Feature

You can sort our list of current openings to identify a subset of jobs that more closely matches your career interests.

Available Column Sorts

  • Job Number
  • Job Title
  • Division/Organization
  • Recruitment Type
  • Job Category

After You Apply

Confirmation and Reviewing Your Status

At the end of the on-line application process you will receive a confirmation number. Retain this information for future use. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into the system 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.
For a description of each status see: Applicant Status - Explained

Screening and Interviews

Screening of application materials, selection of interviewees and interviews are conducted by the hiring manager and/or search committee. The time it takes a hiring unit to select interviewees can vary widely from recruitment to recruitment. In general, the hiring unit will contact you 4-6 weeks after the initial review date if selected for an interview.

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