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Applying for Employment Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find a job at the Grand Rapids Community College?

All available jobs are posted on our website and several outside sources including and, the Michigan State Job Bank.

Can I simply upload my resume or do I need to apply to a specific job?

Applicants must apply for specific job openings. Currently GRCC does not accept unsolicited applications.

Where can I find instructions for applying on line?

First, review the Method of Application section on the job description carefully. It will outline the required documents for that position. Then view the Application Instructions.

I'm having problems with your website. What can I do?

Our software works with a variety of web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari. We recommend you use the most current version of these browsers since using old versions may create problems when applying for jobs.

When you first experience trouble, try clearing your cache (i.e. Temporary Internet files).

Our site also requires you to accept cookies. To check your settings, select Tools, then Internet Options, and navigate to the Privacy tab. The recommended setting for our site is Medium.

How do I navigate through the application?

When browsing, it is recommended that you do not use the Back or Forward buttons at the top of your browser window since our software does not support these commands. You will be provided links such as Continue, Next, and Return to Previous Page as you move throughout the application.

Ensure all questions that are marked with an asterisk (*) are completed, as these questions are required in order to proceed with the application.

What if I can't remember my username and password?

To reset your password, click the "login help" link from the "view job postings" page. The system will assist you if you've forgotten either your username or password. You may also re-register, but you will lose any applications associated with your old username.

What if I need to change my contact information?

You may update your contact information via the 'My Account Information' section of the system. You will be able to add, delete, or identify primary pieces of contact information.

What if I don't have a resume?

There are a variety of free websites which can assist you in creating a resume such as or

How do I submit a cover letter?

If you wish to submit a cover letter, you must make this the first page of your resume so that both the cover letter and resume are contained in one document.

How can I be sure you received my resume and cover letter?

You must select the 'Submit' button once you have completed your application. While you can save a draft of your application at any time, you have not officially applied for the job until you select 'Submit'.

Once successful, you will see a message that says your application has been successfully submitted. Now you can add other documents if required. You will also receive a confirmation email at the address you provided.

How can I attach documents to my application?

See the support document called “Adding Documents to Your Application” at our Application Information page.

Can I update my resume and/or application once it has been submitted?

Once you have submitted a resume and application, you will not be able to change them. The only information which can be changed is the information in your profile such as address, email address, and phone number. You can also add and/or replace attachments (including letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts). Instructions for doing this are available in the "Application Instructions " 

How long does it take to process my application?

When you apply online, your resume and application are available immediately to the hiring department. In the case of open postings such as for adjunct faculty, your application stays in an active pool for at least 18 months.

When the position has a specific closing date, the search committee will review all applications after that date. They will meet to review the qualified candidate and select those to advance. Depending upon the position and the time of year, this process may take several weeks after the posting closes.

How can I learn the status of my candidacy?

For specific positions, you will be notified via phone or email if you are selected for an interview or if you are not. Applicants for adjunct faculty positions may or may not be notified by the department and Associate Dean, who review applications on an as-needed basis, usually in the month preceding a semester.

How often do you update your job postings?

Job postings are updated twice weekly with the addition of new jobs and daily for the removal of filled ones. If a job appears on the website, it is still open and the hiring manager is still accepting applications.

Can I submit an application for a job opening in person?

No. All applicants must apply through our electronic system. If you are having difficulties applying online, please contact Human Resources at (616) 234-3972 or

Can I submit a paper copy of supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation?

You do have the option of mailing supporting documents such as transcripts and letters of recommendation to the Human Resources Department at 143 Bostwick Ave, Grand Rapids MI 49503. However, your resume and application must be completed in our online system.

What should I do if I still have questions?

If you still have additional questions, applicants can contact Human Resources at (616) 234-3972, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email