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How do I apply for employment?
All applicants for City positions must submit an on-line application through the City’s E-Apply program. The application will include supplemental questions and will allow for attachments of additional required materials or a resume if desired. You can visit the City's employment website at: www.san-clemente.org/jobs

What do I include on my application?
In completing the employment application, be as thorough as possible when indicating the education, training and/or experience needed to qualify for the position. Exact dates of employment are critical to determine qualifying experience. Please be sure to provide average number of hours you work(ed) if your experience is(was) part-time. Try to focus the information you are providing on the employment application to education and experience that is specifically applicable to the job for which you are applying. Other information may be provided, but full consideration will be based only on those skills that specifically qualify you for the position being recruited.

A resume may be required for some positions, but a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for a completed City employment application. It is important that you do not indicate "see attached resume" in lieu of fully providing the information requested on the employment application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

What is the selection process?
After the application deadline, Human Resources will review the applications submitted by all applicants. Based on the information provided, candidates with the most directly related experience will be invited to continue on in the selection process. Our selection process consists of one or more of the following:

WRITTEN EXAM: Written exams are designed to assess general aptitude or specific knowledge of the technical aspects of the job for which you are applying. You may wish to thoroughly review the job flyer to familiarize yourself with the areas which may be assessed.

PERFORMANCE/PRACTICAL EXAM: Practical examinations are typically given for positions which require a specialized skill or ability, such as typing proficiency or the operation of special equipment. You may or may not be given prior information regarding the content of the exam, depending on the nature of the job for which you are applying.

ORAL INTERVIEWS: Those applicants who are successful in passing the initial assessment and/or screening process(es) will be invited to an oral interview. Oral interviews are conducted by a panel of qualified subject matter experts.

FOLLOWING THE SELECTION PROCESS: Human Resources will notify you, by email, of the results of the recruitment. If you are successful in passing the selection process, your name may be placed on an eligibility list for the current position opening as well as any future positions which may become available for up to 6 months after the eligibility list was established. The City Department which is attempting to fill the vacant position may elect to second interview some or all of the candidates who are on the eligibility list prior to making a final decision to hire.

REFERENCE CHECKS: Reference Checks will be conducted by the City to verify employment related information for all potential employees prior to extending a job offer. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, and may include:
  • Verification/Reference from current and past employers.
  • Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees.


  • Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying.

    Human Resources will also schedule a Fingerprint and Department of Justice criminal background check (a conviction for a crime is not an automatic bar to employment) and post-offer physical examination, including drug screen, once a job offer has been made.

    Is there an application deadline?
    The closing date for each opportunity is listed in the closing date column on the Current Job Opportunities webpage. Applications must be received by the closing date and time listed. Once the position closes, it will be removed from the website and applications will no longer be accepted.

    Some opportunities list “Continuous” under the closing date. These opportunities remain open until the City determines that it has received a sufficient number of applications. Continuous recruitments may close at any time without advance notice.

    How do I check the status of my application?
    Go to www.governmentjobs.com and click on the “Career Seekers” tab. Enter your username and password. Click on “Application Status” and you will see the list of positions you have applied for.

    What if I don’t have a computer?
    Computers are available at the City of San Clemente Human Resources Division located at 100 Avenida Presidio and at the San Clemente Library located at 242 Avenida Del Mar.

    Other questions?
    Disability Accommodations - If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at least 24 hours prior to that phase of the process for which you are requesting an accommodation.

    Equal Employment Opportunity - The City of San Clemente is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or age. All personnel actions and selection techniques are based upon job-related qualifications and successful job performance.

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