Oklahoma City is hiring — and finally doing so online.
The city is making its second attempt at using a comprehensive online application process for its open jobs.
Job seekers can look for positions and begin the application process online, and follow the status of their application until the job has been filled.
“We've always wanted to offer online applications,” said Dianna Berry, the city's personnel director. “This eliminates people having to go downtown and pay for parking to apply. They can apply online any time, day or night, that the job is available.”
Oklahoma City is moving closer to a paperless application process, or at least as close to paperless as possible. The personnel department has to keep records on current employees dating to their first application, so going paperless converts a cumbersome physical storage operation to a digital one.
The city has a net gain of 85 jobs in the budget for the fiscal year that began this month, and is usually hiring across a broad spectrum of positions as part of normal turnover.
There should be listings for jobs in many city departments for the foreseeable future.
The city made a previous attempt at putting a significant portion of its application process online, but it didn't work out. A system used by a contractor wasn't “user-friendly” enough, Berry said. The new system should be easier for applicants to use, and also allows people to sign up for alerts when new positions are posted.
The new system is a program run by NEOGOV, a specialist in public-sector human resources work. The company provides services for municipal governments around the country.
People who apply for Oklahoma City jobs online can view the status of their application by going back to the city's jobs page and logging in. That should also help workers in the city's Personnel Department cut back on the number of people who call to ask about the status of an application when that answer wasn't always easy to find.
“Because of staffing as well as costs, we had not been able to communicate with our applicants after they submitted to go into the system and find out exactly where they were in the process,” said Rebecka Shaw, manager of the Personnel Department's operations.
TO LEARN MORE
To apply for an Oklahoma City government job, go to www.okc.gov/jobs. You can also call the city's job line at 297-2419 for information or visit the city's Personnel Department at 420 W Main St.