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What You Need to Know to Get the Job

Find the Right Job for You

Oregon state government uses Workday as our recruitment and employee management system. With Workday, you will be able to easily find and apply to open jobs on any device, including your mobile phone, on our job board website.

External Applicant Job Board: 

Internal Applicant Job Board:

If you can say "yes" to all three of the following questions, this may be the job for you!
  1. Do you see yourself doing the job?
  2. Does your experience and education match the minimum qualifications?
  3. Do you have the desired attributes or requested skills and abilities listed in the job posting?
Use the qualifications section of the job posting to determine if it's the right job for you. We may receive hundreds of applications for one job posting. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and most of the desired attributes or requested skills listed in the job posting have a higher success rate for being interviewed and ultimately getting hired.

Get Your Application and Resume Noticed
Help your application stand out! Here's how:

  • Ensure that your application and/or resume highlights how your experience matches the qualifications listed in the job posting. No two jobs are exactly the same, so modify your application as needed to ensure it addresses the unique qualifications for each job.
  • Make your application materials easy to read. Bullets are a great way of listing job duties in a clean format that is easy to read. Action words make a big impact. Start your bulleted items with an action word.
  • Keep the hiring manager and recruiter in mind. Busy hiring managers and recruiters are reviewing hundreds of applications daily. Help them easily identify your qualifications by using simple and short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs.
  • List your accomplishments, and incorporate quantitative information. For example: "Developed and conducted quarterly training: four-hour sessions on safety procedures for up to 75 participants."
  • Highlight your soft skills. Soft skills are your abilities to interact and get along with others. Use specific phrases to describe your soft skills. If you are a problem solver, you might list something like this: "Decreased staff turnover by creating an onboarding program that helped new employees relate their work to the company mission."
  • Proofread your application materials. Don't let typos and misspelled words detract from your experience and skills.

Ace the Interview

Our best advice to performing well at the interview is to prepare ahead of time. Here are some ways you can prep:
  • Review the agency's website. Doing your homework and knowing a little something about the agency's purpose and mission makes a big impression.
  • Review the job posting and position description again. Familiarize yourself with the job duties and qualifications and think about how your skills match the needs of the job.
  • Tell me about a time...We often use behavioral interviewing because past performance is a good predictor of future performance. You'll need to come up with some good examples that show you have the qualifications listed in the job posting, particularly the soft skills.
  • STAR/SOAR: A response that includes STAR/SOAR helps you give a complete answer to an interview question. 
    • Situation - Describe the situation to give context to your example
    • Task/Obstacles - State the task and what you needed to do, or the obstacles and how your overcame them
    • Action - Identify the actions you took to get the task completed
    • Results - explain your results, the outcome achieved by your actions
  • Your turn. You'll be expected to have a couple of questions prepared to ask the interviewer. If you don't have questions, it can come across that you are just not that interested in the job. Your questions give the interviewer a sense of what is important to you or in other words, another opportunity to see how suited you are for the job.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Developing any skill, including interviewing, requires practice. A quick internet search will give you plenty of practice questions. Consider asking a friend to help you conduct a mock interview.