​Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for State jobs:
The State of Maryland utilizes an on-line application.  You can access current vacancies and complete the on-line application.  Simply click on “Apply.”

Do I need an email account to apply for a job on-line?
Yes, you will need to have an active email account to apply for a job on-line, but if you do not have one, it is easy to sign up for free email services to obtain one.  There are many websites such as mail.yahoo.com, mail.AOL.com and mail.google.com to name a few that will permit you to set up a free email account.

If I need help with the application process, who do I contact?
If the position for which you are applying includes contact information in the announcement, it may be best to contact that individual for assistance.  Another source of assistance is to contact the Recruitment and Examination Division (RED) of the Department of Budget and Management.  RED may be contacted by telephone at 410-767-4850.

How will I know that my application has been received?
You will be notified via email that your application was received.  One of the more exciting aspects of the on-line application process is that you will be able to track your application through the process.

How do I provide documentation to support my application if I am applying on-line?
You will have the ability to upload attachments to your application by following the instructions that are embedded in the on-line application.

​Service Categories​​

Executive Service and Management Service positions are generally termed “at will” employees. This means that they can be hired and fired at the discretion of the appointing authority or agency head. Hiring does not have to follow normal merit system procedures of public advertisement, testing and placement on a certified list of eligible candidates. These positions do have to meet the qualifications of the job as established by the hiring agency. Disciplinary appeals, including termination, can only be appealed to the agency head and only on the basis that the action was illegal or unconstitutional.

The Executive Service is defined by law as the chief administrators of principal units of government under the SPMS, deputy secretaries, assistant secretaries or positions of equivalent status as determined by the Secretary of DBM.

The Management Service is defined by law as positions with direct responsibility and oversight of personnel and financial resources requiring discretion and independent judgment.

Special Appointments are also “at will” employees and follow the same hiring and disciplinary appeals processes as Executive Service and Management Service positions. Special Appointments include:

  • A direct appointee of the Governor;
  • A direct appointee of the Board of Public Works;
  • A position assigned to Government House;
  • A position assigned to the Governor’s Office;
  • A position, as determined by the Secretary of DBM, that performs a significant policy role or provides direct support to an employee of the Executive Service; or
  • Any other position designated by law to be a Special Appointment.

Professional Service positions generally require knowledge of an advanced type in a field of science or acquired by specialized instruction and normally requires a professional license, advanced degree or both.

Skilled Service positions generally are all other positions not designated as being in another service category. Both Professional Service and Skilled Service positions are subject to normal merit system procedures of public advertisement, testing and placement on a certified list of eligible candidates. These positions are not "at will" and disciplinary actions must be for cause.​

Human Trafficking GET HELP

National Human Trafficking Hotline - 24/7 Confidential

1-888-373-7888 233733 More Information on human trafficking in Maryland

Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

Take Our Survey

Help Stop Fraud in State Government

The Maryland General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Audits operates a toll-free fraud hotline to receive allegations of fraud and/or abuse of State government resources. Information reported to the hotline in the past has helped to eliminate certain fraudulent activities and protect State resources.

More Information