Frederick County Government's application/selection process includes the following steps. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the steps are subject to change.
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Job opportunities are posted on the County's Employment Opportunities page.
Vacancies are usually advertised for two or four weeks, but may close sooner if a surplus of qualified candidates submit their interest. Be sure to apply as soon as possible!
Additionally, you can register for Job Posting Notifications to receive email notices about new opportunities in your specific area(s) of interest!
Interested jobseekers may submit an application online at our jobs site, which is powered by GovernmentJobs.com.
On their first visit, jobseekers will create an account with a User ID and password, then create a profile manually, or by uploading a resume that is then parsed into the account. Users may also import data from their personal LinkedIn profile!
After this has been completed, users may then click on the Apply button for the position they are interested in. Next they will complete a series of steps, which include answering application questions, etc. Jobseekers will also have an opportunity to upload relevant or required attachments. The number and type of steps are determined by the specific department that is hiring. When the steps are completed and reviewed, on the Certify & Submit page, they will click on Accept and Submit to verify accuracy and send the completed package to the employer.
Please note that as a part of the application process, applicants must fully complete all sections of the application including providing a full and complete response to questions as directed. Applicants will acknowledge that the profile submitted, including the application and all attachments, must be completed solely by the applicant and any false, misleading, inaccurate and/or incomplete responses may disqualify one from the application process.
Applicants will receive an email stating the time and date that the application was received. Follow the status of a job that you've applied for by checking Application Status in your account.
Should you have any questions regarding the online application process and need technical support, please call NEOGOV at (877) 204-4442. For more information review the NEOGOV Application Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.
After the job announcement has closed, applications and supplemental information are reviewed by a member of Human Resources as well as a department specific hiring manager. Applications are reviewed against the job's qualifications and requirements - based on the information in the job announcement - to find the applicants that are the closest match.
To remain in consideration for the job, applicants' submissions must clearly demonstrate that they meet:
- All the Minimum Qualifications (education, training and experience)
- All the Special Requirements (e.g. certificates and licenses, physical requirements, etc.)
- As many Preferred Qualifications as possible
This step can take up to fourteen business days after a job posting has expired to complete.
Unless otherwise specified in the job announcement, when considering an applicant's qualifications and whether they meet those specified in the job announcement, education and experience equivalencies will apply.
The hiring department decides which applicants from the Referred List will be interviewed. Not every applicant will be interviewed; however, Frederick County aims to meet with the majority of qualified candidates.
Interviews are usually conducted by a panel of both Human Resources professional(s) and subject matter experts.
Some interview processes also include job-related assessments such as a written test, oral exam, physical agility and/or performance test.
An offer of employment is made to the candidate who was determined to be the best match for the position. The offer is contingent upon successful completion of satisfactory pre-employment screens.
All interviewed applicants who did not get a job offer are notified—by email or letter—of the final outcome of the selection process.
Prior to beginning work, pre-employment screens will be made on any candidate that accepts a contingent offer of employment. This process will include the review of some or all of the following checks:
- Criminal background records (some initiated by fingerprinting)
- Office of the Inspector General
- Child Protective Services
- Credit History
- Professional Licenses
- Medical Examination (if indicated in the job announcement, an applicant must satisfactorily meet required medical standards for the job in a medical examination conducted by county-designated medical staff)
- Personal and/or Professional References
- Driving Record (if candidate has applied for a position that operates County property such as a Fleet vehicle or a piece of heavy machinery, then a certified driving record must be submitted during the hiring process)
Need Help obtaining your Driving Record?
Click on the state that your current driver's license was issued by:
* Virginia Drivers - submit your completed Authorization Form to the Human Resources Department who will run the driver check free of charge. *
Have you recently accepted a contingent offer of employment and need to submit your completed authorization form(s) and record(s)?
Documents may be scanned and uploaded via the "Attachments" tab of the NEOGOV application, scanned and sent via email to email@example.com, mailed to 107 North Kent Street c/o HR or delivered in person to Suite 2200.
The candidate will be instructed to report to the Department of Human Resources on their first day to complete their New Hire Orientation (NHO).
The new hire will then exit to their job site upon dismissal from NHO.
Should you have any questions regarding the hiring process, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 540-665-5668.