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Employment Process

Thank you for considering employment with the City of Kent. The following information is provided to assist you in understanding our employment process. Please read it carefully before completing the application. 

Job Announcement

For each position advertised, a job announcement is provided. The job announcement lists the nature of work; example of duties; desired knowledge, abilities, and skills; and required training and experience for the position.  It is important that you review the job announcement carefully to see that you meet the minimum qualifications before completing the application.  Please click on the name of job to view the announcement.

Employment Application

Completion of the Employment Application is required for all city job openings. It is important that you review the application carefully before submitting. An incomplete application may disqualify you. Applications will be accepted for current job openings only. If you are applying for more than one job opening, a separate application is required for each position.

Resumes and Other Attachments

We encourage applicants to attach resumes or any other information that will assist us in the review and selection process. Such information may include resumes, letters of recommendation, licenses or certificates, examples of work, etc.

Interviews and Testing

Every effort will be made to notify applicants selected for an interview or test within 15 working days of the closing date. Exceptions may occur based on recruiting volume and the number of applicants for a recruitment. Unsuccessful applicants will also be sent notification. If you wish to inquire about the status of your application after the fifteen working day time period, you may contact the Human Resources Department at 253-856-5270 or e-mail HumanResources@kentwa.gov.   Please note that no notification will be sent to applicants applying for temporary seasonal positions.

Future Job Openings

To inquire about current job openings, we have a 24-hour job information line 253-856-5272, and a web-based list of current job openings along with the salary, qualifications, and closing date for each position. City job openings are also advertised in the Tacoma News Tribune and their online affiliate, CareerBuilder.  If you need to contact Human Resources, call 253-856-5270 or e-mail HumanResources@kentwa.gov. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to request clarification. Our concern is that the process is as fair and unbiased as possible, and that each applicant be given an equal opportunity for employment. If you feel you were not treated fairly in the process, please direct your comments or concerns to us, using the contact information listed above.