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Application Process


The Application Process: Four Steps

Contra Costa Health Services is a county agency and so applicants must comply with the county's application process. Here are some tips on the application process.

  1. Obtain an official Contra Costa County employment application. A separate application is required for EACH job opportunity in which you are interested.
  2. Download the application
  3. Call our 24-Hour Job Information Hotline at 925 335-1700 or Visit one of our Personnel Offices:

    Health Services Personnel Services Unit
    1320 Arnold Drive, Suite 261
    Martinez, CA 94553

    OR

    County Human Resources Department
    651 Pine Street, 2nd Floor
    Martinez, CA 94553
    925-335-1700
  4. Complete all application materials thoroughly. Make sure all required documents such as a Supplemental Questionnaire, an Availability Form, Licenses and/or Certificates are included. The job announcement will describe what should be included and what the screening process involves. Be sure to describe your experience related to the specific job for which you are applying. Job announcements are available for each specific job.

Return all required application materials by the Closing Date/Cut-off Date and to the location indicated on the job announcement. Keep a copy of all documents you submit for your records and for future reference if needed.

The Application/Screening Process

All applications are reviewed to determine whether applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Some positions require a review of training and experience to determine a numerical score and ranking. You will be notified of your score and rank on the employment list following this.

Some positions may involve a competitive examination - an oral, written or performance exam. You will be notified of the date of the exam after you submit your application and after a determination is made that you meet the minimum qualifications.

What Next?

Employment lists are established by ranking candidates according to their overall scores in the examination process. Candidates must achieve a passing score on all parts of the exam to be ranked on an employment list.

To fill a vacancy, the hiring department will request the list of ranked candidates. After interviewing the candidates, the hiring department will make a selection from that list. Employment lists can remain in effect for six months, a year, or any other amount of time as determined by the County Director of Human Resources.

A Few Additional Steps

Prospective employees may be required to pass a medical examination before beginning to work. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination, if it is required. Failure to pass a medical examination may be cause for disqualification, withholding an eligible's name from certification or for removal of eligible's name from an employment list.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, individuals offered employment with Contra Costa County will be required to show documentation as proof of eligibility to work in the United States as a condition of employment.

Employees are required to serve a probationary period before permanent status is attained. The Personnel Unit can advise prospective employees of the specific period of probation.

Don't Get Discouraged

Depending on the position and examination process, the time frame for the application process may range from three weeks to three months. We encourage you to check in with us if you have any questions about where your application is. Call us at 925-957-5240.

Equal Opportunity Notice

Contra Costa County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other non-job-related factor.

Arrangements can be made to accommodate applicants with qualifying disabilities. For testing arrangements, please inform the Human Resources Department in writing at the time the application is submitted. Verification of the disability from a licensed physician is required.


Contra Costa Health Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.