Application Process

Non-State Employee Applicants

IDHS Recruitment Presentation Recording

Frequently Asked Questions

IDHS Recruitment Presentation Recording in Spanish

Preguntas Frecuentes/Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish (pdf)

IDHS Recruitment Presentation Recording in Mandarin

Frequently Asked Questions in Mandarin (pdf)

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

  • All of our current vacancies are posted online. We have transitioned to a fully online application process. The CMS100 application is no longer used.
    • You will apply for every posting that you are interested in working via the Apply button on the bottom of each posting.
      • If you do not have an online profile set up, you will have to create one. Please make sure to complete your profile as thoroughly as possible, ensuring you upload any relevant paperwork such as a resume, transcripts, licenses, and certifications.
      • Each posting may have some follow-up questions for you to complete.
    • If the position you applied for requires an in-person exam, CMS will contact you to set up an appointment 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.
  • 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. You can also check the position status online via signing into and checking your profile on the jobs website.
  • Please feel free to complete this brief survey to let us know any and all titles or positions in which you are interested.

Current or Former State Employee Applicants

Apply via the posting instructions.

  • 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. More information about the Upward Mobility program.