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The hiring department carefully reviews all applications to identify the most qualified applicants. Applications will be reviewed in comparison with all other applications received. This review may take a few weeks. The most-qualified applicants may be invited to participate in additional selection activities such as tests or interviews. Each job posting will indicate if additional selection activities will be conducted. If you receive notification for a test or interview confirm your attendance, if requested. Notification is sent to applicants per their indicated preference (email, phone or postal mail).
If you applied online, you can check the status of your application by logging into the Government Jobs online application system and clicking "Application Status." Because we receive hundreds of applications, we ask that you allow at least two weeks after the closing date to review your status. If you don’t hear back within a few weeks, contact the recruiter listed on the job announcement. If you selected your notification preference as email, check your spam folder. Sometimes our emails find their way there instead of the inbox.
Government Jobs sends a notification email that your application has been successfully received.
  • Call Government Jobs customer service at 855-524-5627 to talk with someone live (or dial 2 and request a call back). Applicant customer service is available Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).
  • Email
  • Visit the Government Jobs FAQ page.
We can accept applications only for positions that are currently open for recruitment. However, we encourage you to sign up for job notifications. This feature provides you the opportunity to check off job classifications that interest you, which will generate automatic emails when a new job opens. To learn about the county’s job classifications view the compensation and classification information.
In addition to the application, you may be asked to submit a resume, cover letter, answers to supplemental questions, or other materials. Review the job announcement carefully for instructions. For applications submitted online, please note the system will close the posting at the date and time listed on the announcement. If you have not submitted your application by this deadline, your application will not be accepted. For applications submitted in person or through the mail (our mailing address is Human Resources Division, 500 4th Ave Room 553, Seattle, WA 98104), the application must reach us by 4:30 p.m. PT on the date listed on the announcement. Postmarks are not accepted.
Jobs may be posted every day. Check the website daily for new postings. You can also sign up for job notifications or connect with us on social media to see new postings.
Yes, you will need to submit a separate application for each position that interests you. Your registration with makes it easy to update and customize your application for each position.
A resume cannot be accepted in place of a completed application. Do not state "see resume" in any section of your application. Be sure and review the job announcement for required documentation. Depending on the position, a resume and/or cover letter may be necessary. If your application packet does not include all requested materials, it will be incomplete and will not be considered for the position.
If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper King County application form and answers to any required supplemental questions (you may also submit a resume and cover letter in addition to the paper application form). Please note that our offices are open until 4:30 p.m. PT. Therefore, if you use a paper application, it must be received before 4:30 p.m. on the date the announcement closes. Send your application (including all required materials) to: Human Resources Division, Job Application, 500 4th Avenue, Room 553, Seattle, WA 98104.
For questions or concerns about your application or online job profile, contact Government Jobs customer services at (885) 524-5624 or