Find the answers to all your questions about applying for employment and the application process.
Start with an up-to-date resume, then apply
- Prior to applying, make sure you've updated your resume.
- Apply for positions that interest you. Be sure your resume demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications.
- To determine if you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, the hiring supervisor or ITS HR will review your resume as it relates to each position you apply for.
- The hiring supervisor or ITS HR will determine the most competitive applicants for the open position. Please do not contact the hiring supervisor directly.
- If you are a top candidate, ITS HR will contact you for an interview.
- If you are not selected for an interview, you will receive an email letting you know the position is filled.
- If you are the top candidate, you will receive an offer. In addition, a background check will be conducted.
Important things to understand
- Because the applicant pool is highly competitive at the University of Nebraska, simply meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.
- Be sure to update your profile and resume if your information changes.
- Hiring timeframes vary by position. We do not recommend calling to inquire of the status of your application.
Your resume is the first impression – make it a good impression.
Note: Does not need to be limited to one page
- Write a clear, concise and easy-to-read resume in chronological order, free of errors, abbreviations, and slang.
- Include ALL of your current contact information, education background, professional certifications, licenses and organizations.
- Include ALL of your relevant work information, such as business names, city, state, and dates (month and year) when you held the position (e.g., 11/05 - present).
- Clearly describe your work responsibilities and your accomplishments.
- Include important specifics of your work experience (e.g., list whether it was full- or part-time, list software used, machinery used, languages spoken, etc).
- List pertinent duties below each position.
- List your most recent experience first, then proceed chronologically thereafter.
- Do not list personal, age-related or health information (e.g., 35, married with three kids and in excellent health).
- Do not include pictures or graphics.
- Do not use unusual fonts or fonts smaller than 10 point.
- Do not refer to yourself in the third person or first person (e.g., if you are John Doe., do not make statements such as “Mr. Doe received an award for perfect attendance.” or “I received an award for perfect attendance.”). Use action verbs such as “Received award for perfect attendance.”
- Be specific about skills:
Avoid: Microsoft Office, Operating Systems
Use: Word, Excel, Outlook, Windows 2000 and XP
- Be on time.
- Research the department and the position before the interview .
- Create a list of questions to ask about the department and position.
- Review your resume, work history and accomplishments to better prepare you for answering questions.
- Be honest, thorough and specific when answering questions.
- If you do not understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or re-word the question. It’s OK to take your time in answering difficult questions.
- Dress appropriately and be polite to everyone.
- It’s OK to follow up with a thank you letter to those who interviewed you. Follow up beyond a thank you note is not recommended.
- Prepare a list of references with complete contact information and take it with you to the interview.
- If it is requested that you provide references, make sure your references know that you will be using them as a reference and whom they can expect a call from.
- Use previous/current professional references and not personal contacts. Previous and/or current immediate supervisors are preferred.