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Hiring Manager's Guide to JobLink

All classified, full-time positions must have an approved EWP in PositionLink before the position can be recruited for.

Please contact a Workforce Management Representative for more information about PositionLink and creating or updating an existing EWP.


Create a JobLink Account and/or Log in to JobLink

  • Go to https://JobLink.jmu.edu/hr
  • If you have an account, log in at this time.
  • If you do not have an account, select the "Create User Account" link on the left side of the screen > complete the form > select the Continue button > select the Confirm button. Accounts are normally approved by the next business day.

Creating a Posting

  • Follow the instructions within the JobLink system to complete your job posting request.
  • Log in https://JobLink.jmu.edu/hr > select the "From State Role Title" link under the gold Create Posting tab on the left side of the screen. (For directions on how to create a job posting from a previous posting in JobLink, please skip to the next section titled "Create from a Previous Posting.")
  • Using the State Role Title drop down box, select the appropriate State Role Title for your position > Select the Search button > In the Role Code column select the "Create" link.
  • You will automatically be taken to the Posting Details tab.
  • Many of the boxes will be automatically populated for Classified positions.
  • Faculty positions will have some empty fields because they are not associated with a State Role Title.
  • Complete the form as accurately as possible.
  • Fill in the following boxes:
  • Working Title
  • Position Number
  • Position Type
  • College/Division
  • Academic Affairs Approval (Academic Affairs positions only)
  • Position Status
  • Pay Rate
  • Specify range or amount
  • Is this an Agency Only position?
  • Is this a Grant Funded position?
  • Departmental users with permission to access position information
  • Move the name(s) of any individual(s) who need to have access to edit the position information.
  • Graduate School Coordinator (Graduate Assistant positions only)
  • General Information
  • Duties & Responsibilities
  • Qualifications
  • Name of Employee being replaced (unnecessary for new positions)
  • Posting Date
  • Review Date (optional for classified/wage positions)
  • Closing Date or check the Open Until Filled box
  • Application Types Accepted
  • Special Instructions To Applicants (optional)
  • Required Documents
  • Only mark those documents that you are requiring in electronic format.
  • Optional Documents
  • Proposed Starting Date (optional)
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • You will then be taken to the Reference Letter tab.
  • Select if you want to accept letters of reference. This reference letter functionality will send auto-generated emails to individuals whose names and email addresses are entered into the JobLink system by applicants.
  • Select how many letters you would like to receive.
  • The remaining fields are already completed. However, if you would like to edit the wording or add additional information you may do so.
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • You will then be taken to the Advertising tab. Not applicable for student positions.
  • Select any advertisements you wish to have your position advertised in. Departments will be contacted for final approval of costs and layouts before ads run.
  • List any special advertising instructions in the available box.
  • In the Job Announcement box write the ad as you would like it to appear in the paper or if you prefer to have HR create the ad you may leave this field blank.
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • You will then be taken to the Posting Specific Questions tab.
  • The question, "How did you find out about this position?" is always required.
  • Select any additional questions you would like to use.
  • Select the Add A Question button at the bottom of the page > select the Search button > select the "View/Add" link next to the question you would like to include > select the add this question button.
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • You will then be taken to the Guest User tab.
  • Select the Activate Guest User link if you would like to set up a guest user account.
  • These accounts can be used by search committees.
  • Guest users have a "read only" access to view submitted materials for candidates.
  • A username will automatically be generated but you will need to create a password. Remember that the username and password are case sensitive.
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • You will then be taken to the Screening Criteria Information tab.
  • Enter any screening criteria and questions that you have for this position. This does not need to be done to complete the recruitment request.
  • Select the Continue To Next Page button.
  • This will then take you to the View Posting Summary page.
  • Select the appropriate designation using the radio buttons:
  • Save w/o submit
  • Submit to Student Employment for Approval
  • Submit to Graduate School
  • Submit to HR/OEO for Approval
  • Select the Continue button > select the Confirm button
  • Positions are normally approved and posted by the next business day

Create from a Previous Posting.

  • Select the "From Previous" link below the gold Create Posting gold tab on the left side of the screen.
  • Select the "Create" link under the appropriate Working Title.
  • Edit the information to reflect the current position.

*Note: You will not be able to edit some pieces of information due to the defaults set by the system. Please contact the HR Service Center Recruitment Specialist (x86728) to make these changes.

  • Proceed through the posting request as you would a request you created from scratch.
  • Submit the position to the appropriate department:
  • Save w/o submit
  • Submit to Student Employment for Approval
  • Submit to Graduate School
  • Submit to HR/OEO for Approval

Closing a Position

  • When you feel you have an adequate applicant pool to choose from you should close your position. Classified and Wage positions must remain open for 7 calendar days and Faculty positions must remain open for 30 days (There are no minimum for Student positions). Once these minimum requirements have been met you can close your position. It is a good idea to close the position once you start to review applicants.
  • Positions can remain open during the interview and selection process but please be aware that you must consider anyone who applies, not just those individuals who had applied when you started reviewing applicants or interviewing candidates. By closing a position, no other applicants will be able to apply.
  • To close a position login to JobLink and select the "Close" link in the Posting Status column on the right side of the screen.
  • Positions can always be reopened if a pool of candidates does not meet the requirements of a position. Contact the HR Service Center's Recruitment Specialist at x86728 to reopen a position.

Screening Applicants

  • If necessary, choose a screening committee.
  • Select criteria that relate to the Position Description/EWP.
  • In order for the Screening Criteria information to automatically populate into the Screening Grid, you will need to enter criteria into the Screening Criteria Information tab in the Requisition.
  • Log in at https://JobLink.jmu.edu > select the "View" link under the appropriate Working Title > select the Screening Criteria Information tab > enter up to 6 criteria in the available boxes > select the Continue To Next page button > select the Save radio button > select the Continue button > select the Confirm button.
  • Complete a Screening Grid
  • Select the "Get Reports List" link in the Posting Number column after you have logged in to JobLink > select the Screening Grid radio button > Select the Generate Report button > Print.
  • The screening grid is a tool available to Hiring Managers. If you would rather create a report in Excel or other software it is fine to do so.
  • Screen applicants one at a time.
  • Use a consistent system to rate the candidates.
  • Use a (+, 0, -) system. Applicants who meet a requirement receive a (+). Those who somewhat meet a requirement receive a (0). Those who do not meet a requirement received a (-).
  • Use a 1-10 or 1-5 rating system. Rate all the candidates against each criterion and then add up all of the candidate's points.
  • Upon filling the position in JobLink, you will be required to indicate why each applicant was not interviewed.
  • Faculty searches must establish search committees. In general, search committees should have both male and female representation. In addition, it is strongly recommended that a minority representative be placed on the committee--undergraduate and graduate students are very effective in this effort. For details on establishing a search committee, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity x86991.
  • For Classified searches (if necessary), select individuals to serve on your search committee/interview panel.
  • Based on your screening information, select the candidates you would like to interview. You should interview anyone who meets your minimum criteria. Preferably, we would like you to interview at least three candidates.
  • Schedule Interviews. Note the scheduled times of the interview on the sheet you take notes on during the interview.
  • Develop the interview questions based on the previously established criteria and the EWP/Position Description.
  • Conduct the Interviews.

Policy 1320: http://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/1320.shtml

  • Select the candidate(s) you are interested in hiring. You may either check references before or after you conduct interviews but please be consistent with which ever method you use.
  • Download a reference check form at http://www.jmu.edu/humanresources/wm_library/telephonecheck.doc.
  • According to JMU Policy 1320, at least three complete, job-related references must be conducted before any employment offer is made to an applicant. You should contact the current supervisor (if you have permission) and at least one former supervisor.
  • Ask the questions on the form and any additional questions you feel are job-related and necessary, documenting the responses.
  • Select the candidate you wish to hire.
  • For Instructional Faculty positions, contact your Department Head and/or Academic Affairs as necessary to determine the starting salary before making an offer.
  • For Classified and A&P Faculty positions, contact your Management Services Representative to determine the starting salary before making an offer.

Filling a Position

  • First you must change the status of each applicant. This can only be done by the person who created the position or anyone designated as a Departmental User for that position.
  • Log in > select the "View" link in the Working Title column > A list of applicants will appear > In the Status column, select the "Change Status" link > In the Status column use the drop down box to select the appropriate designation > In the Selection Reason column use the drop down box to select the appropriate reason.
  • To change multiple statuses select the All button in the All/None column. Uncheck the boxes you do not wish to change > select the Change Multiple Applicant Statuses button under the last name on the page > Using the Change For All Applicants status boxes drop down list, change the status of the applicants you have selected.
  • Once you have changed the status of all the applicants and only have the person(s) you are hiring > click on the Screening Criteria Information tab at the top right of the screen > select the View Posting Summary button > select either the Filled - No Email or Filled - Send Email designation (if you select "Filled - Send Email" a system generated email will be sent to those candidates that were not interviewed notifying them that the position has been filled) > select the Continue button > select the Confirm button.

You have completed the JobLink hiring process.