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Job search tool kit

When I apply for a County job, can I just submit a resume instead of a job application?

No. A resume may be attached as supplemental information to a job application, but the job application must be completed, including dates and hours of employment, job duties, and reason for leaving for each position held. ​​​

What is the company URL field on the job application?

The company URL is the general website address for the company you worked for.​

How do I know if you received my online job application?

When you submit an online job application successfully, a notice will appear on your computer screen indicating your application was submitted successfully.  You will also receive an email from the system that your online job application was submitted successfully.​

How long does it take to hear from the County of Santa Clara after I submit my job application?

You should receive something by email within 2-6 weeks, depending on the number of job applications received.  If you don’t hear something within six weeks, contact the Department of Human Resources at (408) 299-6816.

What if the job I am interested in isn't currently open?

We accept Notice of Interest requests online for jobs that are not currently open. To complete an online request, visit our website at​ and click on the job interest notification link.  Find and click on the title of the job you are interested in. Click on the "email me when this opens" link. Complete the requested information, and you will receive an email when the job announcement opens.​ Watch instructions video below​.​

How am I notified of my examination status?

You will receive an email notification giving you instructions to either log into your online account to schedule an examination, or to call-in to Human Resources to schedule an examination.

Notices are emailed for every step of the examination process, including reject notices, notice of an upcoming examination, failure notices, notice of placement on an eligible list, and referral notice for a job interview.​

Do I need to call and check on the status of my job application?

You can check the status of your job application online by logging into your online account, or for Countywide recruitments contact Human Resources at (408) 299-6816, for Social Services recruitments, call (408) 755-7130, or for Health & Hospital recruitments, call (408) 885-5450 for further information.

How will I know when the examination is held?

You will receive an email notifying you of an upcoming examination. We try to notify candidates at least 2 weeks ahead of the examination date. If you are an applicant for employment with the County who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation in the examination process, please contact the Recruitment Unit at (408) 299-6816, (408) 993-8272 (TDD), or for Health and Hospital specific recruitments (408) 885-5450 to discuss your request. ​​

What does the recruitment process consist of?

The first step of the recruitment process consists of a review of the job applications received to ensure you meet the employment standards. Applicants are notified if they do not demonstrate the minimum employment standards. The applicants who do meet the employment standards continue on to the next phase of the recruitment process. This could consist of any one or more of the following:  application review, application appraisal, preliminary competitive rating, performance test, written test, and/or oral interview examination. Once the testing phase is complete, an eligible list of qualified candidates is created. The top ten names as scored on the exam will be forwarded to the hiring manager for interview. More names may be sent if there is more than one vacancy.

County of Santa Clara    
Department of Human Resources   
70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing   
San Jose, CA 95110​   
(408) 299-6816
County of Santa Clara    
Health and Hospital Specific Recruitments   
​​2325 Enborg Lane   
San Jose, CA 95128   
(408) 885-5450