How to Apply for a Position in San Bruno
This information is designed to help you understand the hiring process, and then guide you through each step in the selection process. While the hiring process may be lengthy, it ensures fairness and objectivity in selecting talented people to serve the citizens of San Bruno.
You may fill out an application on-line by clicking on the position you are interested under Calopps. Once you are on the Calopps webpage of the interested position, click "Apply". Our online application allows you to fill out the application and attach any other documents (cover letter or resume) to the form. You may also view other Bay Area job opportunities by going to our shared job site at www.calopps.org.
In person or by mail
Pick up a City of San Bruno Application for Employment at City Hall, write to request an application (City of San Bruno, 567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066, Attention: Human Resources), or call (650) 616-7055. Complete the City of San Bruno Application for Employment and return it, along with any other materials requested in the job announcement (e.g., responses to supplemental questions, DMV printout) by the position's final filing date. All materials must reach City Hall by the listed final filing date; postmarks are NOT accepted.
If your address or phone numbers change after the application is submitted, notify Human Resources of the change. Without current address and telephone, we will not be able to contact you in a timely manner.
Most City jobs require job-related education, training and experience. The specific requirements for the position will be stated on the job announcement. Minimum qualifications are used to ensure that individuals have the potential to be successful on the job. Applications are evaluated after the final filing date has passed or -- if the job is "open until filled" or "continuous recruitment" -- at periodic intervals. This evaluation/assessment determines whether the materials submitted demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the job. If the qualifications are met, the candidate will be notified as to when and where the next step in the selection process will occur. Applicants who do not meet the qualifications will be notified as well.
This is the foundation of the City's hiring process, and it allows each candidate to demonstrate basic knowledge, skills and abilities that are required to perform the job. Unless otherwise noted on the job announcement, applicants will be notified of the date, time and location of an exam if it has been determined to consider them further. Some job classifications may have a single exam. Others may have two or more different testing phases. For more information about test taking, click here.
The test results determine each candidate's standing among those who have passed all test phases for a job. "Eligibility lists" are comprised of persons who have met all the qualification tests and are eligible to be hired. Each candidate's name is placed on an eligibility list according to standing or rank. Candidates will be notified by mail of test results. Eligibility lists are valid for certain lengths of time before they expire. Generally, lists are valid for twelve (12) months, but they may be extended up to one and a half (1½) years. If you are still interested in a position, but are not selected before the eligibility list expires, you will need to re-apply for the position when it is posted again.
Once placed on an eligibility list, a candidate can be considered for hiring. When a vacancy occurs, the names and applications of the top-ranked candidates are submitted to the department for consideration. The hiring department will fill a vacancy by reviewing the applications and interviewing the appropriate candidates on the list. The department contacts those selected for interview. Departments with the vacancy do their own interviews and hiring. For that reason, if you have questions regarding an interview or the results of an interview, please contact the hiring department.
Once a selection is made, and the candidate accepts a job offer, the final steps of the hiring process take place. References will be checked and, for certain positions, a more extensive background check may be conducted. Before beginning work, the candidate must pass a medical examination (provided free of charge by the City), present proof of eligibility to work in the United States, be fingerprinted, and attend an orientation session (typically on the first day of work) to learn about City rules and employee benefits, sign appointment papers, and take a verbal oath of office. Once on board, a candidate's name is removed from the eligibility list for this classification.