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What happens after you apply to a Job in COS


Once you successfully apply, you will receive a system-generated confirmation email at the email address listed in your COS contact information. This email also includes your ‘candidate reference number’ as well as other useful, job-search related information. Please keep this email for your reference.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, it may be due to your email provider categorizing the email as spam.  To avoid this, you need to add the email address donotreply@Kenexa.com to your email address book. This will advise your email provider not to divert emails from the Personnel Cabinet.

You will also receive an email with a link to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) form. The completion of the EEO form is voluntary and is used by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to collect voluntary race/ethnicity and gender data. The information is used for statistical purposes and to support our EEO objectives. Once the form is completed, you will not be asked to complete it after future job submissions. 

How to review the status of positions for which you have applied

After signing into your COS account, click “Candidate Zone”, “Dashboard”, “Applications”, and then “Submitted Applications”. There, you will find information regarding your  status to all jobs to which you have applied. Keep in mind there could be a delay of up to one hour  as the system updates your information. In addition, you might receive communication from the Personnel Cabinet informing you of your status as appropriate. View a listing of Job Submission Statuses.                          

          • You may contact the hiring agency to let them know of your interest in their vacancy by calling or emailing the agency contact listed on the job announcement. Please note that you will not be able to access the posted job announcement after the posting end date. After the posting end date, the Personnel Cabinet provides the hiring agency the list of applicants who have applied, known as the register. (At this point, your job submission status will read 'Applied', which means your name has been forwarded to the hiring agency for consideration.) The hiring agency then has 90 days to fill the position.
          • All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected to move forward will not receive notification.

Keep your contact information in COS updated so that hiring agencies may reach you, if you are selected to move forward in the hiring process. 

Notice to Veterans

If you have not submitted your DD214 or other approved military documents to the Division of Career Opportunities, you must do so before the posting end date of the position for which you are applying in order to receive Veterans’ Preference status. Please click on Veterans Preference for eligibility requirements and required documentation for veterans.