Application Process

Non-State Employee Applicants

A recording of a past IDHS Recruitment presentation.

Access a PDF version of the IDHS Recruitment presentation slides.

  • A recording of a past IDHS Recruitment presentation on applying to IDHS, in Spanish*.
  • A recording of a past IDHS Recruitment presentation on applying to IDHS, in Mandarin*. 
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An in-depth discussion on how to complete the CMS100 Application.

Please feel free to complete this brief survey to let us know any and all titles or positions in which you are interested.

  • *Please note that the information therein may be subject to change in the future if and when CMS updates or adapts the application process.

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. We post our current vacancies on the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website. Please check the postings for additional information on current vacancies and how to receive a grade for that job title. If you do not already have a current grade for the title you are interested in, you can only apply to get a grade if there is an active posting. Please send your application to the email listed in the job posting. Include your full name and the Bid ID# in the subject line of the email.

Once your application is graded, you will receive a grade notice via mailed letter. Grading is done by CMS examining personnel by hand, and can take 4+ weeks. Once you have received your grade, you will be placed on the eligible to hire list for one for that title in the counties you selected.

A separate application is required for each title applied for. 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 for multiple positions, list all job titles separately (instead of Senior Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Junior Worker 2/2000-2/2002, and Senior Worker 2/2002-5/2003). Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms. Please attach photocopies of any college transcripts to each CMS100 application. See the CMS100 Help page for specific information on how to best complete the CMS 100 Employment Application. Please only send the CMS100. The CMS100B is only for current State of Illinois employees.

If the position you applied for requires an in person exam, CMS will contact you to set up an appointment to test when they have open times to test. CMS has Testing Centers in Chicago, Springfield, Champaign, Marion and Rockford, and exams are by appointment only. You will need to bring a photo ID to test. There is no charge to test.

  • 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. Please feel free to contact a DHS Recruiter with any further questions. If you are inquiring about the status of a vacancy or your application, please contact the agency contact listed in the job posting and include the posting Requisition number, county, and position title.

Please only send the CMS100. The CMS100B is only for current State of Illinois employees.

Tips for those having trouble downloading the CMS100:

  1. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader to the latest version (v 9.0 or greater).
  2. Rather than opening the document by clicking on the link to the PDF file, go to https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/work/Pages/Download.aspx, right-click on the CMS100 form link, select "Save Target As…" and save the document onto your computer. Then open the Adobe Reader application first, then browse to and open the app_CMS100.PDF file you just saved on your computer.

Note: Users have a lot of customizable control over their PCs. Sometimes user customizations inadvertently lose or miss-configure the association between the Adobe application and .PDF formatted documents, so when the PDF link is clicked, the computer no longer knows that PDFs are associated to Adobe so the PC doesn't know what to do. Some browsers, like Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc., struggle opening dynamic PDF files and sometimes do not link to Adobe Reader properly. The above steps will work-around this issue.

Current State Employee Applicants

Current State employees interested in applying for positions within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and the most recent revision of the CMS 100 Employment Application (version dated 7/2019 or later) to the Agency contact provided in the job posting on the CMS Work 4 Illinois Website. When downloading the CMS100, please right-click and save the attachment to your desktop, open Adobe Acrobat then open the saved file. 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 or apply for 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 agency contact listed on the job posting you are applying for.
  • 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 for multiple positions, list all job titles separately (instead of Senior Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Junior Worker 2/2000-2/2002, and Senior Worker 2/2002-5/2003). Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Upward Mobility

  • Upward Mobility is a joint venture program between CMS and AFSCME. Certified state workers are eligible for this program, and can work toward advancement in the following major career paths: Data Processing, Office Services, Accounting, Human Services, Criminal Justice, and Nursing. Through Upward Mobility, current state workers can utilize extra contractual rights to find placements in certain Upward Mobility Target titles, via promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction. You can find more information about the program on this page.

Former State Employee Applicants

Former State employees interested in applying for a position within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and the most recent revision of the CMS 100 Employment Application (version dated 7/2019 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 number 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 for multiple positions, list all job titles separately (instead of Senior Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Junior Worker 2/2000-2/2002, and Senior Worker 2/2002-5/2003). Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms.

Merit Systems Employee Applicants (including former)

Merit systems employees (including former merit systems employees) interested in applying for a Bargaining Unit covered position within IDHS must submit an Official Position Vacancy Bid Form and the most recent version of the CMS 100 Employment Application (revision dated 7/2019 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 for multiple positions, list all job titles separately (instead of Senior Worker 02/2000-05/2003, list Junior Worker 2/2000-2/2002, and Senior Worker 2/2002-5/2003). Grouping employment history may negatively impact qualifications. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms.

Merit systems employees who held Certified status and Resigned in good standing from the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code, the State Universities Civil Service System, the Comptroller Merit Employment Code, the State Police Merit System or the State Treasurer Employment Code are eligible for Reinstatement.