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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is civil service?
    Employment in all branches of public service that is not legislative, judicial, or military.

2. How do I apply for a job?

  • Apply on-line by completing a State of Ohio Civil Service Application at (click on “About ODH”, “Employment Opportunities”). The on-line employment application process through the Ohio Hiring Management System (OHMS) allows you to enter all application information as well as paste in an optional cover letter and resume. Your information then is saved in a profile with your password so that you may submit your application to ODH electronically.


  • Complete and submit a paper copy of the State of Ohio Civil Service Application in person, by mail, or by fax to the Office of Human Resources to the following address:

Ohio Department of Health
Office of Human Resources
246 North High Street- 8th floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Fax: (614) 564-2495

State of Ohio Civil Service Applications are available at a number of locations including the Offices of Human Resources at the Ohio Department of Health or at any other state agency, the DAS Human Resources Division, 30 E. Broad Street, 28th Floor, Columbus, Ohio [(614-466-8857 or toll free at (800) 409-1205)], or at local One-Stop Employment and Training Centers throughout the state (A list of centers is available at You also may download a PDF version of the application at

3. Is Ohio residency required for employment?
    No. You do not need to be a resident of Ohio in order to be employed by the State.

4. When completing an application, what should I remember?

  • Whether you apply on-line or submit a paper copy, remember to complete the application in its entirety and to describe your training and experience as accurately and completely as possible. Include paid and unpaid employment and volunteer work, dates of employment and coursework completed, since this information will be used to determine your eligibility. In completing your application, pay particular attention to the minimum qualifications and position specific minimum qualifications listed on the posting for the position for which you are applying. Make sure your application demonstrates how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as well as any position specific qualifications where applicable. Only applications that clearly indicate how the minimum qualifications are met will be considered. 
  • Submit a separate application for each position number (PN) for which you are applying.
  • Submit your application by the posting deadline.

All applications must be submitted on-line or date stamped in the Office of Human Resources by 5:00 PM on the deadline day. Postmarked applications received after the deadline will not be considered.           

5. How can I improve my chances of getting a job?
    Apply for all job titles for which you meet the minimum experience and training requirements.  Remember to submit a separate application for each PN for which you are applying. Consider taking additional training in order to qualify for more job titles.

6. Is there a system in place that gives preference to certain applicants?
    The Department of Health is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, veteran status or disability in employment or the provision of services. If the position you are applying for is covered by a union contract the rules agreed upon during collective bargaining must be adhered to in respect to hiring practices.

Last Updated: 8/25/2015