Professional Staff Recruitments FAQ
- 1. How Can I Find Out About Job Openings?
- 2. How do I apply for a job?
- 3. Can I apply for jobs that are not currently open for recruitment?
- 4. Are typing tests required?
- 5. I require an accommodation during the testing process for a disability. What do I need to do?
- 6. I am applying for a general employee position, do I still need to go through the background process and how long does it take?
1. How Can I Find Out About Job Openings?
Job Announcements and the "Employment Opportunities" list (a summary list of jobs) are posted in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources lobby, the Ventura County Human Resources Division and in various agencies throughout the County. The Ventura County Human Resources web page http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ventura/default.cfm has the latest career listing updated weekly, or click the link "Employment Opportunities" and it will take you directly to the County of Ventura employment opportunities where all open jobs are listed, including those with the Sheriff's Office. For each title there is a link to the actual Job Announcement. For questions about current recruitments for general (non-sworn) employees, please call (805) 654-2375 and a receptionist will direct your call to a Sheriff's human resources analyst.
2. How do I apply for a job?
Applications are accepted only for jobs open for recruitment. The ONLINE application process is now available at the Ventura County Human Resources web page (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ventura/default.cfm). Click on the title of the posting you are interested in and click on the "Apply" button to enter your information. Be sure to read the entire page.
First Time Applicants: You must register with governmentjobs.com before you can apply for any posted positions. You can click on a job posting, then click "apply" and then click on the word "create and account" link in the first paragraph and it will take you through the registration process. However, this is not an application for a particular job. You must then go back to the "employment opportunities" and pick a title and again click on "apply."
County applications may be picked up at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources lobby or at the County Human Resources Division. Complete the paper job application and submit it in person or by mail to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Bureau, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA 93009. You may fax your application and supplemental documents to (805) 654-5015 however; we must receive an original application within 7 days in order to qualify.
You may download an employment application into an Adobe Acrobat file. Instructions on how to obtain a free copy of Adobe Acrobat are listed at the bottom of this page. The application is part of the examination process. Failure to complete all items on the application will result in your elimination from the examination process. TYPE or PRINT CLEARLY in black (preferred) or blue ink. Complete all areas of the application. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of completing any portion of the application. Submit additional employment history pages only if necessary.
Online Employment Application - Adobe Acrobat PDF
You must review the job announcement carefully for special instructions. Some have unique requirements. A resume or other supporting documentation may be attached to the application but may not be used as a substitute for completing any part or all of the application form. Application must be received at the specified address by the final filing date. Postmarks are not acceptable. A job announcement may close after 10 workdays from the date of issuance; therefore, you should submit your application promptly or it may be rejected for late filing.
3. Can I apply for jobs that are not currently open for recruitment?
No. We only accept job applications for positions for which we currently are recruiting.
4. Are typing tests required?
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will require a current, valid typing certificate and photocopy to be submitted with the application every time a recruitment announcement indicates typing is required. To provide equal consideration for all applicants, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY. If not verified when submitted, the original certificate will be held during the application screening process, and returned to the applicant by mail as soon as processing has been completed.
Tests must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a five (5) minute timed exam.
- Must be conducted under proper test procedures.
- Must be taken within 24 months prior to submission.
Because different testing locations have been using different formulas to compute net words per minute, the County prefers to receive certificates reporting gross words per minute and the number of errors made. If a certificate showing net words per minute is received and no computation information is available, the certificate may be rejected. The County of Ventura computes net words per minute by dividing the gross number of keystrokes by five (5) to produce the gross number of words. We then divide that number by five (5) to produce the gross number of words per minute. Any errors are then subtracted at the rate of 5 keystrokes (1 word) per error to give the final result in net words per minute. To view typing locations click here.
5. I require an accommodation during the testing process for a disability. What do I need to do?
If you require special testing arrangements due to a physical or mental condition or limitation, please submit the appropriate documentation indicating requirements needed at time of application submittal.
6. I am applying for a general employee position, do I still need to go through the background process and how long does it take?
Yes, all applicants for positions in the Sheriff’s Office must complete the background process. Most complete the background process in 2 months. The duration of the background process may vary on a case-by-case basis.