Employment Application FAQ

Service Information

Below are answers to commonly asked questions and issues regarding the employment process in Cook County.

How do I apply?

Please note that as of July 30, 2010, all Cook County positions under the Office of the President, Health & Hospitals System, the Forest Preserve District as well as the Office of the Sheriff are available online and application to those positions must be submitted online. Access to the Internet is necessary for the application process and can be done from any computer that has Internet access. Applicants must have an email address apply for a position. Online applications may be submitted at any time.

Computers specifically designated for online application are available at 118 N. Clark Street, Room 834, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

When are applications due?

Please reference each individual posting for its specific posted closing date.

What is a ‘promotional’ job?

Some positions are listed as ‘promotional’ on the posting. In cases of promotion and transfer, County employees shall have first preference in the order of their department seniority, provided that the employee has the ability and qualifications to perform the required work.

Applications for promotional positions are available only to current Cook County employees.

What is the status of my application?

The online application site will give you the status of your applications when you log into your profile.

How do I notify the County of address and phone changes after I apply?

You can update your online profile with any information updates at any time in the application system.

Does the County perform drug testing?

New employees may be required to submit to a satisfactory drug test.  All new employee will undergo a background check, based on reports obtained from law enforcement authorities. These reports are based on results from fingerprints taken from all new hires.