Employment FAQs

Where can I find employment opportunities at The University of Alabama?
How do I apply for a position?
Can I apply directly to a hiring department?
Do I have to fill out an application?
Do you accept paper applications?
How long will it take to complete an application?
How do I save my application?
What if I have already created an application?
How soon will I hear something?
How can I check my status for a position?
Why does the system say I did not meet the minimum qualifications?
What if I want to submit a resume?
I submitted my application but forgot to include some necessary information. Can I correct this?
What if someone does not have a computer or access to the internet?
Can I withdraw my application once I have submitted it for a specific job posting?
Can I apply for more than one job at a time?
What is the deadline for applying to a position?
I missed the job closing date, can I still apply?
How long does my application remain active in the system?
How long are the postings listed on the website?
Are background checks performed for new employees?
What if I can’t remember my username or password?
What if I’m having technical problems with my computer and it is preventing me from completing the application or applying for a job. What can I do?
What if I require special accommodations in completing my application?

 

Q)Where can I find employment opportunities at The University of Alabama?

A) Staff, faculty, and student positions are posted on UA’s recruitment website at http://jobs.ua.edu. Job listings are available 24 hours a day from any computer with internet access.

 

Q) How do I apply for a position?

A) If you are a new user, go to http://jobs.ua.edu and select Create Staff Application from the left menu bar. During this process, you will create a username and password. Be sure and write down this information. You will use your username and password to apply for future positions or to check the status of your application each time you visit the site. If you are a returning user, log in to http://jobs.ua.edu using the previously created Username and Password. You can log in by selecting Login on the left menu bar.

 

Q) Can I apply directly to a hiring department?

A) No. The UA recruitment website is the central intake site for all staff applications. Only those applicants applying through the http://jobs.ua.edu online system will be considered.

 

Q) Do I have to fill out an application?

A) Yes. To be considered for a staff position, applicants must complete and submit an application online. Resumes may be attached to the online application.

 

Q) Do you accept paper applications?

A) No, you cannot submit a paper application for staff positions at UA.

 

Q) How long will it take to complete an application?

A) It varies depending on the detail that the applicant provides in the application. Generally, it will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the online application. You can expedite the process by having available all necessary information, i.e., previous employers, education, certifications, and documents to be attached (if applicable) prior to beginning the application process.

 

Q) How do I save my application?

A) You must click the certification statement button, continue, and confirm on the final pages of the application to save the information you have entered. If you close the screen, close your Internet browser, or lose your Internet connection before clicking “confirm” on the final page, your application will not be saved and you have to begin again.

 

Q) What if I have already created an application?

A) If you have already created an online application, you can update your information by logging in to the system using your username and password. Click on Edit Staff Application on the left menu bar.

 

Q) How soon will I hear something?

A) You will immediately receive a confirmation number upon successfully submitting your application. You can also check your application status at any time by logging in to http://jobs.ua.edu. Once the hiring department has reviewed all eligible applicants, they will contact those candidates they wish to interview. Each department is responsible for their own hiring and candidate selection.

 

Q) How long does my application remain active in the system?

A) Your application will remain active in the system indefinitely. You can use or update your application information at any time.

 

Q) How can I check my status for a position?

A) Log in using your username and password. You will see a listing of positions for which you have applied along with the application status of each.

 

Q) Why does the system say I did not meet the minimum qualifications?

A) You have received this notification because you answered negatively to one of the disqualifying questions. Because we receive a high volume of applicants, we have applicants answer qualifying questions related to the education and skill requirements of the position. These questions help us focus on those applicants who are most qualified for a position. Please apply only to those positions for which you know you meet the minimum qualifications based on the posted position description.

 

Q) What if I want to submit a resume?

A) You will be able to submit a resume along with the online application during the application process. There will be directions prompting you how and when to attach your resume. Please note that attaching a resume does not substitute for completing the application form. Some job postings will require you to submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

 

Q) I submitted my application but forgot to include some necessary information. Can I correct this?

A) If you have already submitted your application (and any attachments such as a resume) and you need to make changes that are applicable for a specific position that you have applied for, you will need to contact Human Resources Service Center at 348-7732 to make changes.

 

Q) What if someone does not have a computer or access to the internet?

A) Some public libraries have computers with internet access that are available for public use.

 

Q) Can I withdraw my application once I have submitted it for a specific job posting?

A) Yes, you may withdraw your application. If you withdraw yourself from consideration, you will not be able to reapply for the position from which you withdrew.

 

Q) Can I apply for more than one job at a time?

A) Yes, you may apply to any number of postings you feel you are qualified for and interested in.

 

Q) What is the deadline for applying to a position?

A) The Job Close Date on the job posting indicates the deadline for applying for a position.

 

Q) I missed the job closing date, can I still apply?

A) Once the job closing date has passed, applications are no longer allowed to be submitted or considered for the position.

 

Q) How long does my application remain active in the system?

A) Your application will remain active in the system indefinitely. You can use or update your application information at any time.

 

Q) How long are the postings listed on the website?

A) It can vary by job posting. Generally, hourly positions post for a minimum of 5 business days and salaried positions post for a minimum of 21 calendar days.

 

Q) Are background checks performed for new employees?

A) As of December 1, 2012, background investigations are required for all regular and temporary faculty and staff positions. In some cases, additional types of background investigations may be required such as credit check, MVR or drug screen. Human Resources administers the required checks through a third-party vendor.

 

Q) What if I can’t remember my username or password?

A) After selecting Login from the left navigation bar, click on I Forgot My Username/Password. You will be prompted to enter additional information to retrieve your username or reset your password. If you don’t remember the email address on file or no longer have access to that email address, please contact the HR Service Center at 205-348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu for assistance.

 

Q) What if I’m having technical problems with my computer and it is preventing me from completing the application or applying for a job. What can I do?

A) You may contact UA Human Resources at 205-348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu.

 

Q) What if I require special accommodations in completing my application?

A) You may contact UA Human Resources at 205-348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu.

 

Please contact the HR Service Center at 348-7732, with questions and concerns.

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