Help (Frequently Asked Questions)


How Much Personal Information Should I Include?
You must enter information in all spaces with an asterisk (*). Otherwise, please complete as much as possible. If you have no information, enter N/A. This is very helpful to our staffing team throughout the application process. Please make sure to update your personal information if your name, address or telephone number changes.
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How Much Education Should I Include?
Include all education beginning with high school.
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If I hold a college degree, do I need to list my high school information?
If you have an A.A. or A.A.S. degree you must include your high school information. If you have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or another advanced degree or certificate, listing high school is optional, but encouraged.
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I attended more than one college, do I need to list them all?
Please list all schools from which you received credits, even if you transferred the credits to another school.
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I didn’t graduate, should I still list the school(s) I attended?
Yes. For certain positions, it’s the number of college credits that make you an eligible candidate.
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How far back do I need to go in my employment history?
List all positions that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Otherwise, 10 years of employment history is acceptable.
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What order should I list my employers?
Please list your current or most recent employer first.
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Can I send in my application without applying for a position?
No. You must apply for a position so our staffing team can review your application. If the position you are interested in is not currently listed, please check back frequently for updated position openings.
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Can I send in my application for future openings?
You can apply for future openings only if they are listed in the Candidate Pool section. If the position you are interested in is not currently listed, you can complete the application but you must "Apply" to be considered. Please check back frequently for updated position openings.
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How do I attach my resume and/or cover letter?
On the Resume/Cover Letter page, place the cursor in the Resume/Cover Letter dialog box. Next, you click “browse” select the resume you wish to upload and click open. The name of your document should appear in the Resume dialog box. Repeat the process for the Cover Letter. Finally click the upload Resume/Cover letter button to complete the process. You can only upload a word processing document that has a file name followed by one of the following: doc, PDF, or txt. (It is important to check your file name if your file is on a MAC computer. Your upload will not be successful if it is not followed by doc, PDF, or txt.)
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What is a Candidate Pool?
A candidate pool is a list of applicants that meet at least the minimum qualifications for a position, which may become open in the near future. Applicants in the candidate pool will have their applications reviewed and may be contacted for interviews when the positions become available.
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Are positions listed in the Candidate Pool available now?
The positions in the "Establishing a Candidate Pool" section are not positions that are currently open. Positions listed in the Candidate Pool area may become available during the school year. If you meet the minimum qualifications for one of the candidate pool positions, complete the application and apply for the position. To expedite the hiring process, the staffing team reviews names from a list of approved applicants in the candidate pool. Again, there are no current openings for candidate pool positions.
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How do I retrieve a lost user name or password?
By including a valid email address when you registered, you can click on “Forgot my Login” on the login page and your user name and password will be sent to the email address you used when you registered. Otherwise, you will need to create a new account and register again before filling out the application.
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How can I find out the status of my application (will I be asked to interview)?
You can find out two ways: either by way of an email or through the application “message center”. If you are selected to interview for a position, a site administrator will contact you at one of the telephone numbers you listed on your application (be sure to update your information if your phone number changes). If you are not contacted within three weeks of the closing date of the position you applied for, it is safe to assume you have not been selected for interview.
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How do I know if my application has been received or if any information is missing?
At the completion of applying for a position, you will be sent an email confirming your application was successfully received. There is a section called “Message Center”. This section will inform you of the status of your application, or let you know if any application materials are missing (such as resume or cover letter). Please check back to review updates to your status.
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Who do I contact with questions about a particular position?
Please see position posting for contact information.
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When is it appropriate to contact a Human Resources staff member during the application process?
If you are having difficulty with the application process or have general questions regarding employment with Minneapolis Public Schools, you may contact Human Resources at (612) 668-0500 or staffing@mpls.k12.mn.us. Please contact the web team at webteam@mpls.k12.mn.us for help with: retrieving your user name, password or for assistance with technical problems.
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