Steps in the Application Process

You can search and apply for open positions by visiting the Careers at Princeton website.   

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.


It’s important to prepare before you begin to apply for a particular job.
If applying for an administrative and professional or research position, have the following information handy: 
  • resume
  • cover letter
If applying for a service and maintenance position, have the following information handy: 
  • resume or education, including degrees and credentials, and employment history
  • cover letter (optional)

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 within the application system. 

Apply for a Job

Before you apply for an open position, carefully read the job posting to be sure you are interested and possess the requirements for the job.
To begin, click Apply for This Job and then Upload Resume and Apply and follow the instructions. All sections that require information are marked with an asterisk (*). 

Attach Other Information to Your Application

To distinguish yourself from other applicants, we encourage you to attach a cover letter and other documents specific to the position. Address your cover letter to “Talent Acquisition Specialist” or “Hiring Supervisor” instead of to a specific individual.
Unsolicited resumes will not be included in our online tracking system and do not qualify you as an applicant. 

Keep Your Application Up to Date to Apply for Other Jobs

Your application is stored online 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

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 by logging back into your profile.
If you have been selected for an interview, a member of 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 online, the University’s talent acquisition specialists 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 talent acquisition specialist or hiring manager during part of the screening or selection process.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
Princeton University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are unable or limited in their ability to use or access the application system or Careers at Princeton website as a result of their disability.
You can count on support from knowledgeable and responsive HR staff when you have a question or problem. Contact us, we’re here to help!