Application Process for All Prospective Employees

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Application Process for All Prospective Employees

  • Current State Employee Applicants

  • Current State employees interested in applying for positions within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and a new version of the CMS 100 Employment Application (version dated 10/2014 or later) to the Agency contact provided in the job posting on the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website.  A separate bid form and application is required for each posting/bid id or the bid will be rejected. 
    • Promotions
      • If bidding on a promotion, candidates must already possess an eligible promotional grade from CMS prior to the closing of the posting period.  Grades from promotional applications submitted after a posting closing date, or grades that were expired during the posting, are not considered valid bids.  Bidders should also ensure that they possess a promotional grade and not an open-competitive grade.  Open-competitive grades are not valid for bidding purposes. 
      • To receive a promotional grade, submit a completed CMS100B Promotional Application to the address listed on the form.
    • Transfers & Voluntary Reductions
      • Current IDHS employees may also be required to submit a Transfer Request along with a bid form and application. 
  • Please ensure that a submitted application is current and is filled out thoroughly and completely. Omissions or incomplete applications may result in being bypassed for a position.  Please note that school addresses MUST be included when completing the education section.  Also note, if employed by a single employer, list ALL job titles separately (instead of Sr. Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Jr. Worker 2/2000-2/2002, AND  Sr. Worker 2/2002-5/2003).  Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications.
  • Former State Employee Applicants

  • Former State employees interested in applying for a position within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and a new version of the CMS 100 Employment Application (version dated 10/2014 or later) to the Agency contact provided in the job posting on the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website.  A separate bid form and application is required for each Posting/Bid id or the bid will be rejected.
  • Please ensure that a submitted application is current, and is filled out thoroughly and completely. Omissions or incomplete applications may result in the application being denied during the CMS qualification process.  Please note that school addresses MUST be included when completing the education section.  Also note, if employed by a single employer, list ALL job titles separately (instead of Sr. Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Jr. Worker 2/2000-2/2002, AND  Sr. Worker 2/2002-5/2003).  Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications.
  • Merit Systems Employee Applicants (including former)

  • Merit systems employees (including former merit systems employees) interested in applying for a position within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and a new version of the CMS 100 Employment Application (version dated 10/2014 or later) to the Agency contact provided in the job posting on the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website.  A separate bid form and application is required for each Posting/bid id or the bid will be rejected.
  • Please ensure that a submitted application is current, and is filled out thoroughly and completely.  Omissions or incomplete applications may result in the application being denied during the CMS qualification process.  Please note that school addresses MUST be included when completing the education section.  Also note, if employed by a single employer, list ALL job titles separately (instead of Sr. Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Jr. Worker 2/2000-2/2002, AND  Sr. Worker 2/2002-5/2003).  Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications.
  • Non-State Employee Applicants

  • To be considered eligible for employment with the State of Illinois, non-State employee applicants must apply for and receive a current open competitive grade for any particular job title.  Please visit the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website for additional information on current job titles and how to receive a grade for a title.
    • Group A Titles are generally obtained by taking an automated multiple-choice exam via computer at any CMS Testing Center.  Some Group A Titles (TRAEX) are obtained by submitting a completed CMS 100 Employment Application to the address below:

    • Group B Titles are closed testing titles.  Grades for this group may only be obtained when the test has been opened.  To receive a notice when the test for a Group B title has been opened, submit a completed CMS 100 Employment Application to the address below:

      • Central Management Services
        Examining and Counseling Division
        Stratton Building, Room 500
        Springfield, Illinois 62706

  • A separate application is required for each title applied for.  Ensure that a submitted application is current, and is filled out thoroughly and completely.  Omissions or incomplete applications may result in a lower grade or a grade denial.  Please note that school addresses MUST be included when completing the education section.  Also note, if employed by a single employer, list ALL job titles separately (instead of Sr. Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Jr. Worker 2/2000-2/2002, AND  Sr. Worker 2/2002-5/2003).  Grouping employment history may also result in a lower grade or denial of the application.  See the CMS100 Help page for specific information on how to best complete the CMS 100 Employment Application.

  • The CMS Testing Centers in Chicago and Springfield are available for automated testing Monday-Thursday during specific hours, while the CMS Testing Centers in Champaign, Marion and Rockford are by appointment only.
    • Under State law, qualified Illinois veterans must be afforded an opportunity for interview and employment before Illinois non-veterans in the same grade category.
    • Qualified Illinois residents must be afforded an opportunity for interview and employment before out-of-State veterans in the same grade category.
    • Qualified out-of-State veterans have hiring preference over other out-of-State non-veterans in the same grade category.
    • Many positions are covered by collective bargaining agreements. For these positions, the filling of vacancy language specified in the current agreements will apply. Current employees may have contractual right preferences for bargaining unit positions over non-State employee applicants and non-union employees.

  • For more information to commonly asked questions, see the CMS FAQ Page or contact a DHS Recruiter.