Employment FAQ

Where is Talent Acquisition located?
Talent Acquisition is at 100 Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454.

When is Talent Acquisition open?
It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How do I search for open positions?
Go to the Job Search page to search and apply for openings. For detailed instructions on using the system, visit Search for a Job Opening (pdf).

How do I apply for a position?
All applications are submitted online. Many openings have specific requirements, so please read the job opening carefully. Once you find a job you qualify for, click the "Apply" button in the job posting. The system will then walk you step-by-step through the application process:

  1. Attaching a resume and cover letter
  2. Entering your references, work experience, education history (work experience and education history are not required if included in resume or cover letter)
  3. Describing how you heard about the job opening
  4. Entering optional information about your ethnicity, veteran status, etc.
  5. And finally reviewing and submitting your application

You can track your progress through each step at the top of your screen. If you need more specific instructions on the application process, see Apply for a Job (pdf).

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647) or 800-756-2363.

I am looking for a specific job and cannot find it through the search. What does this mean?
If you have used the job opening ID in the search, it may indicate that the position has not yet been posted or that it has been removed and is no longer available. If the position is still open, your search criteria may be too specific. You will want to broaden your search criteria to find the job posting. In the Job Search form, click on "Search Tips" for different ways of looking for the job opening.

For instructions on using Job Search, see Search for a Job Opening (pdf).

What if I forget my username or password?
If you forget your username or password, click on the "Forgot User Name" or "Forgot Password" links on the sign-in page. If you need more assistance, visit Forgot User Name or Password for step-by-step instructions on the process. You can also contact the Human Resources Call Center at 612-624-UOHR (8647) or 800-756-2363 in Greater Minnesota for help.

Does the University of Minnesota still accept paper applications?
No. You must apply online using our job application system.

How do I improve my chances of getting a job?
Before applying, review your application materials to make sure you are positioning your skills, talents, and experiences clearly to a potential hiring manager. Make sure your application materials reflect how you meet the required qualifications mentioned in the job posting. You should also proofread your documents to make sure they are free of spelling and grammatical mistakes. Attach all required documents, such as resumes, cover letters, letters of reference, etc., and any other non-required documents that show your qualifications and interest in the position.

How are individuals selected for interviews?
The hiring manager selects candidates who meet the required qualifications and most of the preferred qualifications stated in the posting.

How can I get accommodations or special arrangements based on my disability?
Contact Disability Services at 612-626-1333 to get help with accommodations or special arrangements you may need.

How often are new jobs posted?
New jobs are posted as vacancies become available.

Are part-time jobs available?
Yes, the University has both full- and part-time positions. You can select either one as a criterion when you use the Job Search page.

How long are positions listed?
Typically faculty and staff positions are posted for at least seven calendar days; however, some positions may be posted longer. If you find positions you are interested in, you should submit your materials as soon as you can to ensure consideration.

A student job is typically posted for two weeks to a month. Graduate assistant positions typically are posted for two weeks due to the competitive nature of these positions. Student and graduate assistant positions may be re-posted.

Can I save job postings or my search criteria and return to them later?
Yes. To save job postings, simply click the "Save Job" button in the row of the job you'd like to save. To save searches you have performed, click the "Save Search" button to keep your criteria for a future search. You can retrieve your saved information by clicking on the "My Saved Jobs" and "My Saved Searches" links at the top of the main Job Search form of your account.

For more information, see instructions for My Saved Jobs (pdf) or My Saved Searches (pdf).

Is a typing test required for some positions?
Yes. You may take the typing test at any government or employment agency. We do require that the test be less than one year old. We will need to see your test results on a copy of the agency letterhead, and you must pass with at least 50 WPM and 95% accuracy.

I saw a position online and did not apply for it. Now it is no longer online. Am I still able to apply?
No. If a position does not appear online, applications are no longer being accepted for that position.

How will I know if my online application was completed successfully?
At the end of the application process, when you click the final "Submit" button, you will see this confirmation on your computer screen: "Your job application has been successfully submitted." You can also see the status of your application from the account you create when you register for our online application system. Click the "My Job Applications" link at the top of the page, find the job under "Applications," and look across the row to the "Status" column. If it says "Submitted," your application has been received. You will also receive an email confirming that your application was submitted.

For more information, see Step 7: Review/Submit (pdf).

Is there anything I can do to follow up with the hiring authority about my application?
You may contact the Human Resources Call Center at 612-624-8647 (UOHR) or 800-756-2363 and, if your application has been routed to the hiring manager, you will be provided the hiring manager's contact information.

How are the final decision and job offer made?
The final hiring decision and job offer are made by the hiring manager in the department that posted the job opening.

If I have applied for a position and decide I am no longer interested, how can I withdraw my application?
You can withdraw your application using the My Job Applications tab. You can also email or call the Human Resources Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363.

Will I receive benefits if I am hired at the University of Minnesota?
It depends on the position. Usually, staff or academic positions that are 30 hours a week or more receive benefits. Student positions are not eligible for benefits.

For questions about benefits for a specific position, contact the hiring department if you are interviewed for the position. You can find general information about University benefits on the Benefits Summary page.

When should I update my application?
Your application remains in the system indefinitely. If you acquire more job experience or education, we encourage you to update your application. You can update your application as often as you wish. However, updates won't be made for positions you've already applied for.