Instructions for Filing an Application for County
Please note that you can submit an employment
application via the Internet. You may type in your
application form online using Acrobat Reader, and then
print it out. Please note that in order to save your
filled in application on your computer you would need to
have the full Adobe Acrobat product installed on your
Please follow filing instructions as outlined here and
on the employment application, as well as any additional
instructions outlined on the job information bulletin
for which you are applying.
How the application process works:
Los Angeles County , as a government entity, uses Civil
Service Exams to screen/examine applicants. These exams
are administered equally to all applicants in each job
The exam may consist of a review of your application, or
be written, or be an oral exam, or any combination of
The County will only accept new applicants for Exams
that are "Open"; that is, applications are accepted for
County examinations only when a bulletin is posted which
announces that the examination is an "Open Opportunity"
and applications are being accepted.
If the relevant Exam (for that job title) is "Open" and
if minimum requirements are met through application
reviews, the review process MAY be complete OR the
applicant may be invited for an oral or written
interview as part of the application process required
for that particular job title.
If the applicant passes the "Exam" process they will be
placed on a County "List" for that job title.
There is a "List" generated for each job.
Applicants are placed within "Bands" on the Lists based
on point scores from their evaluation or written and/or
Departments, Programs or Units that have openings for
certain job titles are provided the relevant List.
Applicants may then be called by one (or more)
prospective employers for a second interview. Employers
may choose for a number of qualified candidates on the
Please follow these filing instructions:
Applicants must submit applications specifically how
and/or where the bulletin states the application should
be filed. For instance, in many cases, applications must
be submitted directly to the personnel office or other
designated location of the department which is giving
the examination. In other cases, the bulletin
information may state that the application must be filed
in person. Follow these filing instructions exactly,
otherwise the application could be delayed or
Examinations usually have deadline dates by which
application must be submitted. This means that the
application must be received in the designated location
by the closing date, otherwise the application will be
rejected as late and not processed. A postmark by the
closing date is not sufficient.
An applicant should file an application as soon as
possible, as some exams stay open "until the needs of
the service are met." Therefore, when a department
determines enough applications have been received, the
examination may be closed immediately at the end of that
Applicants must carefully read all instructions on the
bulletin and on the information sheet attached to the
application form. Additional information may be
required, including proof of degrees or licenses
required for the position.
Any false statements of material facts or omissions may
subject the applicant to disqualification or dismissal.