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How do I apply for a job with the City of Covina?

A: Applications are only accepted electronically.  You may submit an application online through NeoGov, or by clicking on the “Apply” link in each current job posting on the Job Openings webpage. 

When can I submit an application for employment?

A: When an open and available positions is posted.  To apply for a current job opening visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/covinaca 

How long is the recruitment process?

A: Recruitments are generally 6 to 8 weeks long, but vary depending on the needs and schedule of the hiring department. Recruitments for sworn and civilian police take longer due to the extensive testing and background investigation processes.

What happens after I submit my application?

A: You will receive a confirmation email from the Human Resources Department to acknowledge receipt. If there is a closing date, applications are screened for the best qualified after the date has passed. Applications received for Job Openings that are “Open Until Filled,” or “Continuous” are reviewed periodically and depending on the response.
Applicants who are selected to interview or participate in an examination, are typically notified within 2 weeks of the closing date.

Can the same application be used to apply for more than one position?

A: No. You must submit a separate and complete application for each position you are interested in, but your profile will be saved in your NeoGov account to make it easier to apply.

Can I submit a resume in place of an application?

A: No, a complete application is required for each position you wish to apply. You may attach a resume to your application.

What if the position I want is not open?

A:  Visit the following site: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers

  • Click the link for the Class Specification for the position you are interested in, 
  • Click “Subscribe” and fill out the Job Interest Card. 
    • For the next 12 months, you will be notified when any position for City of Covina that matches your selected job classification becomes available. 
    • We’ll also send you a reminder email in 11 months to give you an opportunity at that time to extend your notifications for another year.
How does the reruitment process work?

A: When a job opening occurs, the Human Resources Department conducts the recruitment process to develop an eligibility list.  The process may consist of one or more of the following:  

  • Application Review
  • Written Exam
  • Performance Exam (E.g. Typing test)
  • Panel Interview
  • Department-level Interview 
  • Physical Exam and Drug Screening
  • Background Check
  • DMV Record

Your submitted application materials are reviewed to determine if you meet the qualifications and special requirements as stated on the job announcement.  Only those candidates who appear best qualified, based on the review of all submitted applications, resumes and supplemental materials, will be invited to any combination of written, performance or oral assessments to further evaluate their job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.  

You should be sure to review and update your application in its entirety and include all applicable information and experience which may apply to the job (i.e., volunteer experience, licenses, certifications, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have received and any other special qualifications).  Failure to include all requested information or submitting incomplete applications could result in you not being invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

What is an Eligibility List?

A: An Eligibility List is the list that is established after a recruitment has been conducted and all examinations and panel interviews have been completed.  The list contains, in rank order, those applicants who successfully completed the examination/panel interview process.  The hiring department contacts eligible candidates for selection interviews and determines which candidate would be the best fit for the available position.  Candidates who are not interviewed will remain on the eligibility list, which expires twelve (12) months from the date that the list is established; however, Human Resources reserves the right to extend the life of an eligibility list or abolish the list early, per the provisions listed in the City’s Personnel Rules.

When will my references be contacted?

A: Once you and the hiring department have established mutual interest, your references will be contacted. This will occur prior to a conditional offer of employment is presented.

What if I am selected for the position?

A: You will receive a conditional offer of employment.  You will receive a final offer of employment once you have successfully completed the pre-employment process, including:   medical exam, including drug/alcohol screen), background check, and/or psychological exam, if any. 

What if I need an accommodation?

A: The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a recruitment process should contact the Human Resources Department in advance, and no later than 48 hours before the scheduled interview or exam.

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