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We understand layoff can be a difficult time for employees and their families. Career Support Services (CSS) offers guidance and resources to help employees effectively transition to a new opportunity.

Priority Placement Consideration for employees facing a layoff

Career service employees who receive formal written notification of being laid off or having their full-time employment reduced are eligible for Priority Placement Consideration into career service and temporary positions for which they qualify.

  • Priority Placement means the layoff employee’s candidacy for a vacant position is evaluated before the rest of the candidate pool. The Priority Placement Consideration process cannot result in a promotion.
  • Employees are eligible for priority placement for up to two years from the effective date of layoff.

Contact CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov to learn more about guidelines and how to take full advantage of the process.

  1. Review the King County job website daily and apply directly for jobs of interest and for which you qualify.
  2. Ensure all application materials clearly identify how you meet all required job qualifications. Note it is not necessary to meet any desired, ideal or preferred qualifications.
  3. Submit all required application materials by closing date (application, resume, cover letter, supplemental questionnaire, etc.).
  4. Email CareerSupportServices@kingcounty.gov to inform us you applied for a position and are requesting Priority Placement Consideration.
  5. CSS staff will confirm receipt of your email, confirm your eligibility for Priority Placement Consideration and work with the hiring department on next steps.
  6. Department HR will contact you directly throughout the selection process: application review, testing (if required), interview, reference check, personnel file review, and any other pre-employment requirement.
  7. Contact CSS for interview preparation and other guidance throughout the selection process, if needed.
  8. Contact CSS to request a review of the selection process, if needed.
  9. If you are not offered the position, contact CSS to debrief and discuss how to improve for future opportunities, if needed.