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Frequently Asked Questions

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bullet Do I have to apply online?

In order to be considered for a position posted on our jobs website, you must complete our online application process. This process includes creating a profile and answering job-relevant questions.

If you are an individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site, you can request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Bureau of Human Resources at 605.773.3148 or bhrinfo@state.sd.us.


bullet How do I know that my application has been received?

Upon successful completion of the application process, an automated email will be sent confirming that your application was received. You may also check the status of your application under My Applications after you log in.


bullet I applied for a job. Now what?

If your skills and qualifications strongly match the position and you are chosen for an interview, the appointing authority will contact you either by phone or email to schedule a time. The interview selection process may take several weeks, so please be patient. Candidates not selected will receive an email at the end of the selection process.


bullet Can I change my application after I submit it?

You cannot make changes to an application after it has been submitted for a specific job. If you need assistance with an application that has already been submitted, please contact the Bureau of Human Resources.


bullet How do I withdraw my application?

Log in, click My applications, and select the check box for the application you want to withdraw. Click Actions, Withdraw, and then click OK to confirm. The status of your application displays as Withdrawn. If the job is still posted, you may reapply.


bullet What is the difference between an individual job application and My Profile?

A job application extracts information you added to My Profile. Once you register, complete My Profile before applying for any jobs. This will ensure that the information in My Profile will transfer over to each job you apply for. Remember to review your application thoroughly before clicking Submit Application. You can modify an individual job application to make it applicable to a specific job.


bullet I entered information on my application that I submitted for a job. But now I want to apply for another job and the information isn’t there. What happened to it?

Only information that is entered directly into your profile is saved. If you enter information on the application form after you click on the Apply Now button, it will only appear on the application for that specific job. In order to have a complete application that can be used for all jobs, you need to go into the My Profile tab and enter your information.


bullet Can I cut and paste the information on my application and add it to my profile?

No, neither you nor the Bureau of Human Resources staff can do that for you.


bullet How long do jobs stay posted on the website?

Jobs with a closing date will remain on the website until the closing date. If a job is announced as open until filled, it will remain posted until the position is filled.


bullet What format should my resume be created in?

For best results, please attach your resume, or any other documents, as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document.


bullet What should I do if I don’t have an email address?

Click here to create an email address free of charge.


bullet What can I do once I log back into the Jobs page?
  • Update your profile (My Profile tab)
  • Store and update your resume and additional attachments (My Profile tab)
  • View your job cart and a history of jobs you have applied for (My Applications tab)
  • Check the status of your application(s) (My Applications tab)
  • Change your password (Change My Password tab)


bullet I forgot my Username and Password.  How do I retrieve this information?

Your username is the email address you entered when you first registered.  If you forgot your password, please contact the Bureau of Human Resources at 605.773.3148 or bhrinfo@state.sd.us to reset your password.


bullet I got an error that says “Exception thrown on server.”  What does that mean?

Typically that error means you tried to copy/paste information into your application. Please type the information into your application and that should allow you to proceed.


bullet What are the gray arrows next to the application fields?

If you see a drop-down arrow, click it and a window will appear with a list for you to select from. You must choose from the available list. Manually typing the information may result in an error.


bullet What does “Open Until Filled” mean?

If an announcement is listed as “open until filled” with no application deadline, we will accept applications until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.


bullet I applied for an Open Until Filled opening and received a notice that the position had been filled and that my application won’t be considered. Why was I allowed to submit an application if it had already been filled?

We try to remove job postings as soon as we are notified that the position has been filled; however, at times there may be a gap between the job offer and our notification. If the position has been offered to an applicant at the time your application is submitted, you will be notified that the position has been filled and your application will not be considered.


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