Applicant Resources

​Whether you are thinking about applying to Wisconsin State Government positions for the first time, looking for promotional opportunities, or preparing for an interview, here are a few resources that can make all the difference.

Merit Recruitment Process

Wisconsin State Government uses a merit system for filling positions that encourages fair competitions for jobs. Here is what you can expect when you apply for a job with Wisconsin State Government:

  • Apply – visit Wisc.Jobs to explore current opportunities.

  • Assessment – the assessment is based on the qualifications listed in the job announcement. Assessment results determine who moves forward in the hiring process.

  • Register – candidates that meet minimum qualifications will be placed on a list called the register. You will be notified when you are placed on the register.

  • Certification – the list of the most qualified candidates that are selected to move forward in the process.

  • Interview(s) – after certification, candidates will be invited to participate in an additional assessment, phone screen, or formal interview.

Resume and Letter of Qualification Tips

Wisconsin State Government requires a resume submitted with your job application. A resume summarizes your job experience, work accomplishments, and educational background. Also, a letter of qualifications may be requested. The letter of qualification is meant to introduce yourself as a candidate, provide details of your education and work experience in relation to the job you are applying for, and explain why you would be a good fit for the job. Together a resume and letter of qualification should provide a complete detail of your qualifications as a candidate.

We recommend that you customize your resume and letter of qualification for each job that you apply for. You should describe your education, training, and experience in relation to the items listed in the Qualifications section of the job announcement. Be sure to read the job announcement fully and evaluate the skills required in order to match them with your own skills and experiences.

Your resume should include:

  • Contact information, including an email and a phone number

  • Any experience or educational background related specifically to the Qualifications section of the job announcement

  • Employment history, including work accomplishments and skills used

Your letter of qualification should include:

  • Highlights of most relevant skills and experiences related specifically to the job

  • Specific examples to clearly demonstrate expertise level and past responsibilities

  • Clear descriptions of how the education and past experience relates to the position duties.

  • Additional information to supplement and/or expand on the information provided in the resume

Interview Preparation

Wisconsin State Government supports the use of balanced panels to ensure equal employment opportunity. Our structured interviews can be used to assess specific knowledge and problem solving, analytical skills and how you communicate your ideas. In some cases, you may be given a copy of the questions and some time allotted to prepare your answer.

The interview panel will usually consist of three people who are familiar with the position. Each applicant will be asked the same questions, in the same order and will be assessed against the same criteria.

Strategies for an Interview:

  • Listen carefully to each question and ask to have it repeated if you do not understand what is being asked.

  • Organize your thoughts before answering. If you have had an opportunity to review the questions prior to the exam, outline your answer to ensure it is organized.

  • Speak in an easily understood manner.

  • Maintain good eye contact with the panel members.

  • Stop talking after the question has been answered.

  • Even if you are nervous, project an attitude of relaxation and confidence. Sit erect, face the panel members directly and make effective use of gestures and body language. Keep your hands away from face and hair. Don't play with paper and pencil or other objects on the table while speaking.

Discover the Benefits of Working for Wisconsin State Government
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  2. May qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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Learn about Applying as a Veteran

Wisconsin State Government is committed to furthering the transition of veterans back to civilian life through gainful employment. We know that many of the skills learned during service will transfer to a variety of state jobs, and we encourage veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more to participate in this program.

Explore Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Disabled Expanded Certification for Persons with Disabilities

Disabled Expanded Certification (DEC) is an affirmative action personnel procedure used to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are among the applicants to be considered for state civil service positions.

Applicants are eligible for DEC if they have a permanent physical or mental impairment which substantially limits the "major life activity of working." In addition, DEC eligibility must be verified by a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, vocational rehabilitation counselor, high school special education teacher, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, or other persons approved by Bureau of Merit Recruitment & Selection (BMRS). After verification, DEC eligibility is effective for a five-year period; verification forms can be obtained by calling (608) 266-1731, TTY: Call Relay 711.

Learn How to Read a Job Announcement

Top section of a job announcement:

  • Hiring Agency is listed first with the job title.

  • Job Announcement Code (JAC) - a number assigned to a specific job announcement

  • County(ies) - Vacancies can occur throughout Wisconsin or only in certain locations. Each announcement lists the areas where vacancies are anticipated. On your application page, check all counties in which you wish to be considered. We will consider you only for jobs in the locations where you selected. Do not check any area unless you will accept a job there. If three or more interviews or offers are turned down, your name may be removed from the employment list.

  • Classification Title - Classification titles describe the nature and level of work performed.

  • Job Working Title - Each agency may assign a working title that will better describe the position

  • Type of Employment - Full Time (40 hrs/week); Evening 2nd Shift (3 to 11 pm or similar hours); Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week); Seasonal (minimum of 600 hrs/year, but less than 1828 hrs/year); Evening 3rd Shift (11pm to 7am or similar hours)

  • Salary - a dollar amount listed per hour or per year. The salary is based on a schedule and range that is also listed.

  • Schedule -bargaining unit the classification is assigned to and the range is a number designating the pay range within a pay schedule.

  • Contact - HR personnel assigned to answer questions regarding this job announcement. When will the interviews occur? Has this position been filled?

  • Bargaining Unit - Certified bargaining units for state employees, with the exception of public safety employees as defined under s.111.81(15r), Wis.Stats., are prohibited from bargaining anything other than base wages. For the purposes of recruitment and selection, these bargaining units are considered non-represented and the procedures will be set in accordance to the Wisconsin Statues Chapter 230 and the Rules of the Director (ER-MRS). Public safety employees are represented by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association and are able to bargain wages, benefits and other conditions of employment.

  • Area of Competition - Level of recruitment for the job: Open-all applicants are eligible to apply; Agency Competitive Promotional-only state employees of the hiring agency are eligible to apply; Competitive Promotional-only state employees are eligible to apply.

  • Deadline to Apply - When application materials are due for this job announcement by 11:59 p.m.

  • Assessment Information - If the assessment is online, a preview of the assessment instructions will open in a new tab. If there is no assessment information, read the How to Apply section of the job announcement for instructions.

Bottom section of a job announcement:

  • Introduction - this area highlights the hiring agency and general information.

  • Position Summary - the specific tasks the employee performs in this position.

  • Special Notes - agency or job specific information that may be useful to applicants.

  • Qualifications - this section will highlight the experience or and/or training that a minimally qualified applicant will have and/or what a well-qualified applicant will have [for job success]

  • How to Apply - this section will have additional information about the application process. It may explain how to submit your application, what to attach to the application, how applicants are contacted, what to expect, etc.

Dates in a job announcement:

  • Publication Date - the date the vacancy is made public for recruitment purposes.

  • Deadline Date - a date by which applications must be received to be considered eligible for this recruitment. Note: The announcement is automatically unpublished at 11:59 p.m. on this date.

  • First Review Date - a date may be used when a longer deadline is used or when an announcement is posted with an open deadline. Application materials submitted by this date is guaranteed a first review for hiring consideration.

Get Notified About Job Opportunities

Did you know that you can get email updates of new job postings that fit your search criteria? Wisc.Jobs has an E-notify feature that you can create with a few clicks and a couple of keystrokes. To use this feature:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Perform a job search by selecting your criteria from Job Category, Jobs by County, Agency/Campus, and/or Work Hours. Click Search.
  3. Click Save this Search.
  4. Enter the Name of your search (e.g. Office, IT jobs, Brown County, etc.), email address, and how often you would like to receive this communication. We recommend daily, since some of our job postings are only up for 7 days. Click Add My Saved Search.

You will receive an email confirmation of your request. The E-notify will remain active for six months. To view, edit, delete, or renew your E-notify, click E-notify button located on top of the page.


If you have any questions regarding Wisc.Jobs or need assistance using the system, please contact the Wisc.Jobs help desk at wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov or (608) 267-1012 from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.