Frequently Asked Questions

  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 UC Santa Cruz 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 online system?

  9. Do I need an email address to use the online application process?

  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?

    • A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources office located at the Scotts Valley Center. Computers are also available at public libraries and local Employment Development Department locations across the county.
  5. Is the UC Santa Cruz application required at the time I apply?

    • Job Seekers are required to apply online at http://jobs.ucsc.edu. A separate application must be submitted for each position you wish to be considered for. During the online 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. 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 UC Santa Cruz staff recruitments.

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

    • Inclusion of cover letter, resume, and other relevant materials is at the discretion of the applicant, and are strongly recommended.

  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 can scan your document.

  9. Do I need an email address to use the online 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?

    • No, we do not accept application materials via email.

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

    • A campus-only recruitment is restricted to current UC Santa Cruz employees.

  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 customize your cover letter and resume for each position you apply.

  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?

    • No, 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?

    • UC Santa Cruz is a large institution with many units, each of which has its own recruitment timetable. 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.

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

    • Sometimes hiring units reference a website or unit contact on the job posting. In addition, you may research a hiring unit web page at the UC Santa Cruz A-Z Index.

  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 username and password. From the left navigation bar choose “Application Status”. There you can view your application materials, your status within each recruitment, etc. You may call the Talent Acquisition office at 831-459-2009 for more information

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

    • Employment Development Departments (EDD) in Capitola and Watsonville provide free job seeker consultation.

      1. EDD Capitola: 2045 40th Ave. Capitola, CA 95010, 831-464-6286.

      2. EDD Watsonville: 18 W. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076, 831-763-8700.

    • Or you can attend a free UC Santa Cruz Applicant Workshop.

  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?

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

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