Careers
Tips, Resources, and FAQs for Applicants

Application Tips

  • It is important that you read the application instructions, job attachment and job requirements before you begin your application.

  • As you complete the application, be thoughtful and take your time. This is part of the hiring process, so you want to make sure you are representing yourself honestly and in a way you would want future employers to see you.

  • Attach in the "Attachments" section all documentation regarding licensure, degrees, diplomas or transcripts to support your certifications and education.

  • Review your employment history. You’ll need to attach your resume and list your employment and education history in the application. Make sure that you’re listing the correct dates of employment, job titles, salary and education.

  • Review your application for accuracy and correct spelling and grammar. 

Reference Tips

  • CMS requires at least three (3) professional references be received and completed by former managers, supervisors and/or clients (if you ran your own business). We cannot accept references from family members, coworkers or friends. 

  • When listing references on the application, list people you have known for at least a year and are willing to be listed and provide feedback to CMS. They should have some knowledge of your work ethic, professional experience, skills and abilities for the applied position.

  • Make sure to let your references know they will recieve an email from no-reply-cms.k12.nc.us@searchsoft.net.  

    • Included in the email will be a link to an electronic reference form which they will fill out.  They must click on the link, fill out the form, select “Submit Reference Feedback,” enter their full name to electronically sign the form and then click the Submit button.  Failing to follow these steps will result in the reference not being received.

  • You can check the status of your references through your online application. References are listed as “pending” have not been completed.  You can add additional references as you see necessary.  

Resume Tips

  • Include all of your current contact information on your resume so we can easily get in touch with you.

    • Include your full name, street address, city, state, zip, phone number, and an email address.  Make sure to use a personal email address (gmail, yahoo, etc), not your current work email address.

  • Update and review your resume regularly.  An outdated resume or application could minimize your chances at being hired.

  • Highlight your most relevant skills and experience first and then work your way down to other pertinent information.

  • Make sure your resume is “easy on the eyes” and formatted well with plenty of white space.

  • Attempt to keep it to one page (or two pages if you have more than five years of experience in your field) and be absolutely certain there are no typos or grammatical errors.

  • To learn more, view this brief Resume Webinar.  

Interview Tips

  • Dress professionally.

  • Research the CMS School or department to which you are applying.

  • Be prepared to listen and answer all questions in their entirety.

  • Know the job description and your resume.

  • Be prepared for different interviewing styles such as behavioral or standard.  Make sure when you are answering behavioral questions you describe the situation, relate the action that you took and then describe the result of the measures that you took.

  • If you have a phone interview, make sure you are in a quiet place and can hear the interviewer. If you set up a Skype or Facetime interview, make sure your technology is working properly before your interview time.

  • To learn more download our Interview Preparation Tips.

Frequently Asked Questions  

How do I apply for a job?

Complete the online application and provide all of the necessary supporting documentation to apply for a position with CMS. Once your application is complete, you can apply to positions through the “Jobs” tab of your application.  

What are my options for employment with CMS if I am from another country?

CMS does not sponsor visas for employees.  It is your responsibility to obtain your own visa.  CMS does partner with two J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Programs to support our hiring needs - Educational Partners International (EPI) and Participate.

What happens after I submit my application?

After submitting your completed application, it is automatically viewable by our principals and human resources staff.  Timelines for reviewing applications vary by position, school and department.  You can always check the status of the positions you have applied for by going to the “Jobs” tab of your application and clicking on “Applied Jobs” on the left side of the page.  

Will I be contacted for a job interview?

Principals and hiring managers or a member of their staff will contact the candidates they are interested in interviewing.  

I submitted an application, but have not yet heard back. Who should I contact?

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond personally to all applicants. Should your qualifications match a staffing need, you will be directly contacted.

Can I apply via email, mail, or by directly contacting the hiring department?

CMS only accepts applications submitted through the online application system.  The advantages of an online application system benefit both the applicants and the school system. The online application system provides more options for applicants and more timely updates to job postings. In addition, applications to postings can be processed expeditiously.

How frequently do you update the job postings?

As positions are confirmed, job postings are updated.  At our busiest time of the year, this can happen on a daily basis.  

A job has been posted for a number of months. Is it still open?

If a position is on the website, it is still open and the hiring manager is still seeking candidates.

Do jobs remain posted after the position has been filled?

Postings are removed once a job has been filled.

Can I update an application once it has been submitted?

Once you have submitted an application, you will be able to log back in and make changes to your information at any time.

Do I have to re-enter my information every time I apply?

No.  If your application is up to date, you will just have to apply directly to the positions for which you are interested by going to the “Jobs” tab of your application.  

I am having technical issues with my application. What should I do?

Please email onlineapplication@cms.k12.nc.us