- Physical and Drug Screenings
- Criminal Background Check
- Required Forms
- New Hire Appointment
- Provide Forms of Identification
- Minimum Requirements
- Minimum Requirements & Preferred qualifications
- Educational background
- Commercial Driver License
- Selective Service Registration
County job openings are announced or posted for a minimum of one week. As long as the recruitment is open, applications are accepted. Each announced opening includes a notice regarding the day the recruitment period closes. Applications are not accepted once recruitments are closed. However, when recruiting for non-tested positions, if your application is in our database, you could be invited for an interview by the hiring department.
The minimum requirements for each position are part of the job postings.To be considered as an eligible candidate, you must meet the position's minimum requirements. If you apply for a tested position, you must take and qualify on the examination to be considered for employment.
After the recruitment period closes, the hiring department reviews the applications against the position's requirements and preferences. A number of applicants will be selected to be interviewed by the hiring department.Back to Top
The status of each recruitment should be readily available online. One of the benefits of this system is that you can follow-up on your applications and determine whether you have been selected for an interview or if the position has been filled with another applicant.
To view your application status, navigate to the My Careers home page, go to My Career Tools, click Applications and Refresh. The applications for the time frame specified will display with your status, disposition, and any veterans preference eligibility status or points awarded.Back to Top
Miami-Dade County does not require written or performance tests for all positions. If a pre-employment test is required to qualify for the position, it will be noted in the job posting. There are no limits on the number of times an applicant may take a required pre-employment written examination.
Qualifying on a pre-employment examination provides the applicant with an opportunity to compete for vacant positions. Frequently, there are many more qualified applicants than there are positions to fill. If you have questions regarding a specific position, you are encouraged to contact the hiring department directly.
Information as to an applicant's eligibility to take a written examination will be available on the date announced in the job opening. On or after that date go online to check eligibility. You can also get the information at 305-375-0297, selecting option 2, and responding to the prompts.
In addition to finding out if you are eligible to take the test, the testing notification sites include important details such as the date, time and location where you are to report to take the test.
Eligible List For a Tested Position
Once you qualify on a pre-employment examination, your name will be included on the list of applicants eligible for further consideration. This list will be available to the department that initiated the recruitment. As positions become available, the hiring department will contact applicants whose names appear on the list.
Eligible lists remain in effect for one year unless fewer than three names remain on the list. At the hiring director's request, if a large number of names remain on a list, it may be extended up to a maximum of two additional years. As positions become available, persons on the eligible list are contacted by the hiring department to continue the screening and selection processes.
Positions that require a written examination must be filled by applicants who appear on a valid, certified eligible list. After written examinations are administered notices regarding the availability of results will be posted online or recorded at 305-375-0297.
What if I cannot report as scheduled to a written examination?
As a matter of policy, in open competitive recruitments, Miami-Dade County does not offer applicants an opportunity to take an examination at a time other than when scheduled. The only exception is if the applicant will be on active military duty on the examination date. In that situation, you should contact the Testing and Validation Section of the Employee Relations Department, Personnel Service Division, at email@example.com as soon as you are aware of the conflict in schedules and prior to the test date.
What is the difference between open-competitive and promotional examinations?
In open-competitive recruitments, examinations are available to all eligible external and internal applicants. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria before taking the test. Current employment with Miami-Dade County is not required.
Eligibility to take promotional examinations is determined by an applicant’s employment status in a feeder classification. The minimum qualifications for promotional examinations include current employment in a specific lower level classification with a particular amount of seniority and recorded satisfactory performance.
Study guides are not normally provided and in the rare event they are, their availability will be noted on the job announcement.
Study guides for promotional examinations are available, as noted on the announcement, from the department in which eligible employees work.
After the Test
Successful completion of a pre-employment written examination results in your name being added to an eligible list that is certified by the Employee Relations Department. The document is a listing of all the applicants who met a position's minimum requirements, including the pre-employment written test. Tested positions can be filled only with applicants on the certified list of eligible candidates.
Eligible lists are usually valid for one year but under certain circumstances can be extended up to an additional two years. However, the life of the list is frequently determined by the number of eligible applicants on it and the number of positions that come available during the same time period.
As positions are vacated, the hiring department will contact candidates on the list and invite them to interview. In the meantime, you need to make sure the contact information in your profile remains current.
Reviewing Test Results
The examination booklet and the answer sheet, as submitted, are provided to the applicant for his or her review. Notes may not be taken and electronic devices cannot be used to record the review session.
To make an appointment to review your examination, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a response within one business day.
Will I get an interview if I make the highest score on a written examination?
By qualifying on a written examination you are placing your name on an eligible list for a one-year period (unless the list is exhausted or extended). In open competitive recruitments hiring departments may elect to hire anyone on the eligible list.
If I qualified on a written examination, will I automatically get an interview?
Qualifying on a written examination only places your name on an eligible list. Qualifying on a written examination does not guarantee employment with the County.
How are tie scores in written examinations broken?
In open-competitive recruitment examinations, in addition to the test score, hiring departments may consider previous an applicant’s work history and related job experience when determining who to interview.
In promotional examinations, which are related to positions available only to some current employees, there are established policies with respect to breaking examination score ties.
Can I reapply for positions after I did not qualify on the written examination?
Applicants are welcome to state their interest in employment at any time. If you did not qualify on a written examination, you can apply and take the test again during the next recruitment period.
Interviews are frequently conducted by panels of County employees and panels frequently, but not always, include the hiring managers. At time of the panel interview, you will be required to present all documents necessary to support that you meet all of the position's requirements as indicated in your application. Additional interviews may be scheduled at the department's discretion.
After reviewing all candidates interviewed and confirming that all minimum requirements have been met, the hiring department may make a conditional job offer to the person or persons selected. Once the conditional offer is accepted, the hiring process begins.Back to Top
The hiring process includes a pre-employment physical that includes a drug and alcohol screens, and a national fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Hiring decisions are contingent upon satisfactory results of a physical examination, including a drug and alcohol use and misuse screening, and a review of the results of a pre-employment fingerprint-based national criminal background check.
If you have any questions, related to the new hiring process, please contact the Human Resources New Hire Center at 305-375-5782.Back to Top
Physical and Drug Screenings
New Hires are required to undergo a Pre-Employment Physical which includes Drug and Alcohol Screenings. This appointment will be scheduled by the hiring department. The examination will be performed at no cost to you by health care providers associated with the Jackson Health System.
Drug and alcohol use and misuse tests or screenings are part of all physicals provided by Miami-Dade County. Successful completion depends on whether the tests are administered in accordance with Miami-Dade County administrative orders or rules promulgated by the Federal Department of Transportation.
In addition to other factors such as a national fingerprint-based criminal background check, all Miami-Dade County offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the pre-employment physical.
If I fail the drug or alcohol test, will I still be hired?
Offers of employment with Miami-Dade County are contingent upon several factors; one of which is successful completion of the pre-employment physical which includes an alcohol and drug use and misuse test or screening. If you do not successfully complete the pre-employment physical, the offer of employment will be rescinded and you will not be hired. Drug and alcohol use and misuse tests are part of all physicals provided by Miami-Dade County. Successful completion depends on whether the tests are administered in accordance with Miami-Dade County administrative orders or rules promulgated by the Federal Department of Transportation.
In addition to not being hired as planned, prospective employees who test positive for misusing alcohol or controlled substances are barred from applying for employment for a six-month period.
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Criminal Background Check
Applicants under serious consideration for employment, or those who have been extended a contingent job offer, will undergo a pre-employment, fingerprint-based, national criminal background check. Whether applicants go through the background check as part of the screening process or after a contingent job offer has been made is up to the discretion of the hiring department.
In accordance with County policy, prospective employees cannot be added to the payroll until the results of the background check are received by the hiring department.
Pre-employment criminal background checks include fingerprint searches of the databases maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).Your fingerprints will be captured by staff in the New Hire Center and transmitted electronically to FDLE.
If you have ever been arrested and fingerprinted in the United States, the information will more than likely be provided to Miami-Dade County regardless of how much time has passed or the disposition of your case. Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from obtaining employment with Miami-Dade County.
The hiring department will consider your criminal conduct in determining your suitability for a particular job, but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. A number of relevant factors, such as the duties of the position you have applied for, the nature of the misconduct, how recent it was, and evidence of rehabilitation, if any, will be considered.
There are some regulations that will prohibit you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction in your past. The most common situation involves conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. Persons with such a conviction in their past are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997).
Your appointment with the New Hire Center will be scheduled by the hiring department. In accordance with County policy, prospective employees cannot be added to the payroll until the results of the background check are received by the hiring department.
What happens if I am an ex-offender?
Being an ex-offender does not prevent you from obtaining Miami-Dade County employment. Your criminal history will be considered in determining your suitability for a particular job but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you. We will consider a number of relevant factors such as the duties of the position you want, the nature of the crime and judicial outcome, how recent it was, and any evidence of rehabilitation.
There are some regulations which will keep you from working in certain positions if you have a specific conviction. The most common situation involves being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes under Federal or State law. These persons are “prohibited from employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition” (Public Law 1-4-208 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997).
Completions of Required Forms
Prior to the "New Hire Processing Appointment," new employees are required to complete the forms below and bring them to their scheduled appointment.
Prior to the "New Hire Processing Appointment," new employees are required to complete the forms below and bring them to their scheduled appointment.
New Hire Processing Appointment
Job applicants that have been extended an offer of employment will be advised by the hiring department of their scheduled new hire processing appointment.
Note: Applicants must bring the completed forms above and identification(s) to the appointment.Back to Top
Provide Forms of Identification
During the "New Hire Processing Appointment," new employees must provide one or more of the following forms of identification using List A, List B or List C. For more information, see forms of identification for new hire processing.
During the "New Hire Processing Appointment," new employees must provide one or more of the following forms of identification using List A, List B or List C.
For more information, see forms of identification for new hire processing.
Minimum Requirements & Preferred qualifications
Minimum qualifications are the amount and type of work experience, education, training and/or licensure you are required to have to be considered for a job.
For example, if a job's minimum qualifications call for a high school diploma or a GED and you only have an 8th grade education, you do not meet the minimum requirement for the job and will not be considered for employment in that specific classification.
Preferred qualifications are qualifications, in addition to the minimum qualifications, which help describe the ideal applicant. Minimally qualified applicants who also have the preferred qualifications may be given first consideration in screening and hiring for a particular vacancy.
All applicants, at the time of the job interview, must show proof that they meet a position's minimum requirements.
When a position requires a specific educational background, Miami-Dade County will accept degrees from:
- universities acknowledged by the International Association of Universities (IAU) and
- the IAU/UNESCO Information Centre on Higher Education.
Miami-Dade County relies upon the information in the current edition of the IAU International Handbook of Universities.Back to Top
Commercial Driver License
As a condition of employment, applicants considered for positions that require a commercial driver's license (CDL) must sign a release to authorize former employers to provide Miami-Dade County information regarding:
- controlled substance test results
- alcohol test results of 0.04 or higher
- refusals to be tested for alcohol/controlled substances
Applicants whose histories indicate that in the last two years they tested positive for a controlled substance; had an alcohol test results of 0.04 or higher or refused to be tested will be required to submit proof of:
- subsequent negative test results
- evaluation by a substance abuse professional
Selective Service Registration
The Military Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 453.) requires that men ages 18 through 25 register with the Selective Service. Additional information is available from the Selective Service System, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Arlington, VA 22209-2425. They can also be reached at 703-605-4100 or by visiting the Selective Service System website.
Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.29 requires that all men who are selected for employment with Miami-Dade County provide proof of registration in the service. Proof must be submitted within 90 days of employment. Registration with the Federal Selective Service System is a condition of continued employment. View Veterans categories.Back to Top
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