Steps in the Application Process

Our Jobs at Princeton website is the online application system you will use to apply for positions at Princeton University.   

Before you go to the site, you may want to know a few things about:
  • preparing your information, application and resume;
  • creating a username and password to log into the site;
  • confirming that you have successfully submitted your application; and
  • what happens after you’ve applied.
If you need an accommodation to apply for a position, please call, visit or e-mail the Office of Human Resources.


It’s important to prepare before you begin to apply for a particular job. Once you have started the application process, the Jobs at Princeton site will log out after 60 minutes of inactivity.
To get ready, have the following information handy: 
  • education, including degrees
  • employment history
  • references, including contact information for your references and the addresses of former employers
  • detailed information about your skills and other qualifications
  • electronic documents to attach to your online application, such as a cover letter, resume or other documentation of your credentials and qualifications

Create Your Login Information

To begin the application process, create a username and password you can easily remember. Write it down for future reference. You can log in anytime to update your application, check the status of an existing application or apply for other jobs. Your username and password is secure and confidential.
If you forget your password, follow the password retrieval instructions on the Jobs at Princeton website. 

Apply for a Job

Before you apply for an advertised position, carefully read the job posting to be sure you are interested and possess the requirements for the job.
To begin, click on the "Create Application" link and follow the instructions. All sections that require information are marked with an asterisk (*).
Your application should fully describe your education, training and work experience, and the information you enter should be relevant to the job for which you are applying. 

Attach Other Information to Your Application

To distinguish yourself from other applicants, we encourage you to attach a resume, cover letter and other documents specific to the open position. Address your cover letter to “Talent Acquisition Specialist” or “Hiring Supervisor” instead of to a specific individual. These attachments must be Word documents or PDF files.
Submitting a resume does not substitute for completing the online application form.
Unsolicited resumes will not be included in our resume tracking system and do not qualify you as a job applicant. 

Keep Your Application Up to Date to Apply for Other Jobs

Your online application is stored on the Jobs at Princeton website for at least one year, and you need to apply for each job that interests you.
In the future, unless you apply to the same or a very similar position, you might consider updating your online application, your cover letter, resume and any other attachments you used for your first or other job applications. 

What Happens After You Apply for a Job

If you provided an e-mail address on your application,you will receive a confirmation number and an e-mail confirmation that your application was received.
Your resume will be reviewed by a talent acquisition specialist or the hiring supervisor. Your qualifications and those of all other applicants will be compared against the skills and qualifications needed for the position. The hiring supervisor will determine whether or not you will be contacted for an interview.
You can check the status of your application through the "Application Status" link on the Jobs at Princeton home page anytime you log in.
If you have been selected for an interview, the Talent Acquisition Team or hiring supervisor will contact you. Please do not call the Talent Acquisition Team to follow up on your application. Regrettably, due to the high volume of resumes we receive daily, it is not possible to respond to individual inquiries about the status of a resume or search.


To the extent possible, the Talent Acquisition Team makes an effort to maintain the confidentiality of your interest in a position and your application throughout the hiring process. However, once you apply for a position through Jobs at Princeton, the University’s talent acquisition specialists and hiring managers will be able to see your name listed as an applicant tied to a specific requisition and, therefore, can view your application and resume.
References normally are called after you have interviewed for a position but, in some cases, may be called by either the hiring manager or talent acquisition specialist during part of the screening or selection process.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and in keeping with our commitment, encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.

If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please call or visit the Office of Human Resources.