How do I apply for positions with Wake County Government?

Search for a position that interests you, then click the orange Apply button on the left-hand side of the screen or click on the Apply with LinkedIn button. You will also have the option to upload additional attachments in the application process. We encourage you to Create a Profile before you apply for a position. Creating a profile allows you to sign up to receive email alerts to let you know when a position that matches your interests is posted, and the ability to login to check your application status.

I’ve applied to Wake County before September 4, 2018. Do I still need to create a profile?

Yes. Any log in used prior to September 4, 2018, will not work in the new ATS. You will need to create a new profile to store your information, save job searches, and check your status.

What is the best resume format to use in the ATS?

The ATS system will “read” your resume and attempt to parse your information into the system, saving you time and lessoning the chance for errors caused by additional typing. View this example of a resume that will properly parse into the system. In addition, you can assist the system in properly parsing your resume information by following these tips:
  1. Do not use templates! A standard Word document, saved in .doc format, is all you need. 
  2. Use simple formatting. Do not use headers, footers, borders, lines, or shading. 
  3. Customize each resume for the specific position you are applying for. “One-size-fits-all” is not the best approach for today’s job seekers. Use job specific language from the posting and be specific.
  4. Use keywords and phrases in context. Descriptive achievement-oriented bullet points are key; do not just include them as a list of skills or competencies.
  5. Edit Carefully! The ATS will not correct misspelled words.

What happens after I apply for a position with Wake County?

After you apply for a position, your resume and qualifications will immediately be submitted into consideration for the position(s) to which you applied. Our recruiters carefully review all applications received, verifying they meet the advertised requirements, preferences, and needs of the position. If it is determined that you are among the most qualified, your application will be forwarded to the hiring manager for departmental review. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring department will contact you directly. Please note, due to the large volume of applications received, we cannot contact everyone who applies.

How long is a position open to receive applications?

If a posting is still on our careers site, it is still open to receive applications. The earliest date that a position may close for new applications is indicated by the “Posting End Date.” Once a posting has closed, you will no longer be able to apply to the position.

I forgot my password and/or username. What should I do?

Click Log In on the right-hand side and click on the “Forgot password or need to create a password?” link. Follow the prompts on the screen to have your password reset or username emailed to you.

If you have difficulty in resetting your password or retrieving your username, contact Human Resources at 919-856-6090 or email  

What is the status of my application?

If you created a profile, you can check the status of your application by logging into your Candidate Profile. The most common applicant statuses are listed below:
  • Submitted – Your application is complete and has been successfully submitted. 
  • In Review – The hiring department is in the process of reviewing applications. 
  • Closed – The recruiter and/or the hiring department reviewed your application materials and decided not to move forward with further consideration. Please note we will not have any additional information that can be shared as to why you are no longer being considered for a position.

Can I make changes to my application or answers to the supplemental questions once my application has been submitted?

No. Once your application has been received, you cannot make changes to any part of the application including answers to the supplemental questions. 

How long should I expect to wait until I hear something back once I’ve submitted my application?

The duration of the recruitment process with Wake County Government can vary dramatically depending on many factors such as the number of applicants, the availability of the interview panel, etc. In addition, a majority of the day-to-day recruitment and selection process occurs within the individual departments which means daily operations, number of vacancies, and other commitments can prolong the recruitment process. While we strive for recruitments to occur as quickly as possible, finding the right candidate is of utmost importance. Therefore, it is not uncommon for recruitments to last weeks, or even months for our more complex recruitments. You may check the status of your application online by logging into your Candidate Profile.

How can I stay updated on future opportunities with Wake County Government?

Create a Profile and be the first to learn about new job openings that meet your interests.