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  1. Be sure to review the minimum qualifications for each position for which you apply. (If you do not meet the minimum qualifications we cannot consider you for the job.)
  2. Provide all relevant experience (job duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities).  Do not provide a resume with ONLY job titles.  Your resume should reflect the scope of work experience, education, training, certification, licensure that you possess.  If you have supervisory experience, be sure to indicate specific detailed information such as length of time supervising, type of staff supervised (employees, interns, volunteers, professionals, managers, administrative staff, technical staff, etc.), and your specific supervisory duties (hiring, firing,  promoting, rewarding, disciplining, directing staff, workload planning,  performance planning, etc.).

  3. Be sure to indicate hours worked and dates of employment on your resume. (If you do not have a resume, you may use this resource to document your information and work history.  Once you have completed and saved the form, you can attach it to your submission in lieu of a resume.) If you list volunteer work experience, please include the hours worked and dates of employment. We consider 2,080 hours equivalent to one full year of experience. Ideally, we should see the month, day, and year of employment as well as part-time or full-time status (i.e. 2/3/09-2/3/10 full-time or part-time, e.g. 20 hours per week).


  4. Be sure to review the preferred criteria listed in each ad. Based on the selection process, applicants may be rated “Well Qualified” or “Qualified.” Make sure that your resume references your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the preferred criteria.  Ideally, the preferred criteria should be addressed in a separate section in your resume.  The system only allows for one document to be submitted so your preferred criteria must be part of the resume. 


  5. Be sure to indicate all relevant licensure and certification information.


  6. We prefer chronological resumes to functional resumes. Your resume should be no more than 5 pages long and provide clear and concise information. Please do not submit work samples, performance evaluations, reference lists, etc. You can present these materials at the interview, if you reach that stage of the selection process. Unless specifically asked, applicants should not include any work products or live links to presentations, publications, or other websites in their resume. Unsolicited documents will not be considered during the rating process.


  7. To apply for jobs with Montgomery County, you must use the online application system. The online system will allow you to submit your employment history, skills, education qualification and upload your resume.  Be sure that when you apply for additional/new positions that your resume is current and that you update the preferred criteria based on the requirements of the individual position.  You should review your submission to make sure all information have been submitted. The system only allows for one document to be submitted so your all information must be in that one document.  We do not accept information after the closing date.


  8. We do not accept hard copy paper resumes or resumes submitted via email or fax. All applications must be completed online and submitted by the requisition closing date.  If you are a first-time user, or if you have not applied for any jobs or created an account after January 1, 2011 using our new system, you will need to create an account on this new site and then apply for jobs.  With the new system, you can keep track of the status of your applications and employment process on-line at any time for all submissions made after January 1, 2011.  Please check How to Apply and FAQs for instructions on how to apply online. Public access computers are available in the Office of Human Resources and at all County Libraries.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources and request a Human Resources Specialist at 240-777-0311 Voice or 240-777-5126 TTY for assistance and guidance. You may also request a reasonable accommodation for the selection process via email to Special.Accommodations@montgomerycountymd.gov. Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government provides priority consideration for initial appointment to a County Merit System position for veterans with a disability, veterans without a disability and for persons with a disability.  For more information and to claim a hiring preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference.

 

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