​​​​​​​​Commonly Asked Questions
Are there instructional video's that I can watch to learn how to use the new Wisc.Jobs and Careers Home Page? 

Yes, click the links posted here to learn more about: 
​​​Please note: current State of Wisconsin employee will access the Careers Home Page through ESS by clicking on the Careers tile to search and apply for job postings. 

What is the preferred browser I should use when searching and applying for jobs on Wisc.Jobs? 
For the best user experience please use Chrome, Edge, or Firefox. ​

What document formats are accepted by Wisc.Jobs?
The file types are: .doc, .docx, .pdf., .txt, .rtf​​

What if I need special accommodations? How do I request assistance? 

Wisconsin State Government is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity Actaffirmative action, Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable federal and state laws. We are seeking a diverse and talented workforceIf you need assistance, contact: Division of Personnel Management at wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov or at (608) 267-1012 from 7:45 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday. 

For deaf and/or hearing impairments, call Wisconsin Relay at 711 or 888-701-1251 (Textnet). 

If you need an accommodation to participate in a phone, in-person, or virtual interview, contact the person who invited you to the interview. 

When creating a password what are the requirements?  

You are required to create a password with at least 8 characters, a lower case letter, an upper case letter, a number, and a special character. 

Why do the Password and Confirm Password boxes seem to add characters to my password when I register as a new user? 

The Password and Confirm Password boxes disguise the password and makes it appear as though your password is longer than it really is. This is a security feature and doesn’t actually change the password you entered. 

Why are the last four digits of my social security number and birth month/day required to register as a new user? 

We use the information as unique personal identifiers for Wisc.Jobs accounts. This information is confidential and will not be shared. If you do not have a social security number, contact the Wisc.Jobs Help Desk for assistance at wiscjobs@wisconsin.gov​ or (608)267-1012. 

I have checked the “I agree to terms and conditions” box in Step 1 when applying to a job. What do I do next?  

Scroll up to the top of the page and there should be a blue Register button on the right. This will register your new account and continue to the next page/step in the process.

I am receiving a message that I should disable my pop-up blocker. Why do I need to do that?  

If you are using Internet Explorer, disable pop-up blockers. For the best functionality try using a different browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.   

How do I save a job posting to revisit later? 

When you are in the job description page, there is an option to click on Add to Favorite Jobs, which is located under the Job ID, Location, and Agency on the left of the page. When you revisit later, the job will be listed under My Favorite Jobs. 

How do save my search criteria and receive email notifications for future opportunities 

After you perform a search, the Save Search will appear at the top under the Search Jobs box. Follow these steps to be notified of future opportunities that fits your search criteria:

  1. ​​​Click on Save Search 
  2. Enter a name for the search
  3. Click the box Email me when new jobs meet my criteria 
  4. Verify the email address is correct or delete and replace it with another email address
  5. Click Save   

How do I find my saved searches?  

From the Home page click on My Saved Searches. Click on Search to perform a search or click on the arrow to edit the search name, start or stop receiving emails, update the email address, or delete the saved search.

When searching for jobs, how do I see more information about a job that I’m interested in? 

You can click anywhere in the box of the job when it is highlighted by the cursor.  

When adding a language or degree, I type the word in the text box indicated and received an error message. What should I do?  

Delete the word from the box and click on the search tool icon (magnifying glass). Look for the language or degree ID and click on the language or degree. Click Done to save the information and close the dialog box. Click Next to move forward in the application process.​

How do I exit the page after I click Save as a Draft? And how do I return to it later? ​

To exit the page, close your browser tab​. ​Your application will be saved and not submitted. You can continue the application by signing in and clicking on My Job Applications. Locate the job title and click the arrow button all the way to the right. 

Can I edit an application I have already submitted before the deadline?  

Once you click Submit, your application is finalized and no changes can be made. If you are not ready to submit your application, click the Save as a Draft button to finish later.  

What should I do if I do not have a resume?  

Wisconsin State Government requires a resume with your job application. You are not required to use this website, but we find it user friendly. To create and build a resume ​click here: Resume Builder​.


Note: The resume builder website is not affiliated with Wisconsin State Government. The Wisc.Jobs help desk is unable to provide support for external websites.  

What should I put in my resume and letter of qualifications? 

Tips for writing your resume and letter of​ qualifications are located at:  Tips for writing a resume and letter of qualification


How do I find out more information about the status of my submitted application? ​

You can check the status of your submitted application in My Job Notifications or contact the HR Specialislisted on the job announcement. 

​Wha​t does it mean when I'm on a Register?
A register is a list of applicants who have passed the initial assessment and have been deemed eligible for further consideration for the job opening. Applicants are notified of their register/eligibility status via email. Employment registers are generally used for 3 to 12 months and may be used to fill other similar job openings with the State of Wisconsin. Applicants are encouraged to remain on the register and not withdraw their applications where they were deemed eligible for further consideration. ​

What does it mean when I'm on a Certificat​ion?
A certification is a list of applicants from the register who will be considered further for a specific job opening. Applicants will be contacted to participate in the next step of the selection process if their name appeared on a certification list.  Typically, communications are sent by email and applicants will have a limited time to respond. Depending on the job opening, applicants may appear on multiple certifications and can be contacted about similar job openings in the future. Therefore, contact information should be kept up to date and emails checked regularly.

​​Is short-term employment available in Wisconsin State Government? 
There are a variety of opportunities that are temporary, such as internships, project positions, and limited term employment (LTE). These positions may be listed on Wisc.Jobs​ and/or the agency​'s website. ​​​​Click to learn more about LTE Opportunities​​.