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Physical Address:
Human Resources Office
204 S. Second Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1049
Smithfield, NC 27577
Phone: 919-938-4700
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What are the office hours of the Human Resources Department?
A: The Human Resources Department is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Q: Where do I apply for positions with the Sheriff's Office?
A: Applications for these positions are only available in the Sheriff's Office.

Q: Where do I obtain a work permit?
A: To obtain a work permit, please contact the NC Department of Labor.

Q: Do I have to be a Johnston County resident or US Citizen to become employed by Johnston County?
A: Johnston County residency is not required. Non-US citizens must be able to work legally in this country and present documents verifying immigration status.

Q: What if I do not have a computer?
A: Computers and free internet access are available for you to apply for County jobs. Locations include Public Library branches or Johnston County HR Department located at 204 S. Second Street, Smithfield. You may also apply for County positions at the Employment Security Commission.

Q: I have forgotten my password for my online account. How can I log in to my account?
A: You can click on the “I Forgot My Password” link. Enter your email address and click the send button. Your User ID and password will be emailed to you.

Q: Am I required to submit a separate application for each job I want to apply for, or may I submit only one and be considered for all jobs for which I am eligible?
A: You must submit a separate online application for each position for which you would like to be considered.

Q: How often are new positions posted on the Johnston County website?
A: New positions are posted as they become available, usually several times a week. If you do not want to miss out on the latest postings, we suggest that you check our website weekly or fill-out a job interest card.

Q: What if I need help applying?
A: For assistance applying for Johnston County vacancies, please contact the Johnston County Human Resources at (919) 938-4700.

Q: How long do employment opportunities remain posted on the site?
A: Job postings remain on the site until the closing date which is at least five business days from the date of issue.

Q: What does it mean when a vacancy states the Closing Date is “continuous”?
A: A continuous closing date means that the vacancy does not have a closing date. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

Q: How do I find out if a position is still available?
A: The Johnston County Employment web page is updated regularly. If the position for which you submitted your application is not listed, it is no longer available.

Q: I just found out about a vacancy that closed yesterday. May I still submit an application?
A: Johnston County cannot accept applications submitted past the official closing date listed on the vacancy announcement.

Q: Do I have to complete the “work history” section of my application? Can I just submit my resume?
A: You must complete all mandatory sections of the online application, including the work history section of the application, in order for your application to receive further consideration.

Q: How are applications assessed?
A: All applicants are assessed relative to the qualifications listed on the job posting. Only those applicants who meet the stated qualifications are eligible for further consideration. If a pre-employment test is required, you will be contacted for an appointment. Meeting the minimum qualifications of the posting does not automatically mean that you will be referred for the position posted as all applicants are assessed on a competitive basis.

Q: How will I be notified if I am to be interviewed?
A: The hiring manager from the department will contact you to arrange an interview.

Q: How will I be notified if I am not selected for an interview?
A: You may choose, as part of the application process, to receive an e-mail notice or a letter by mail about your referral status.

Q: Can I be automatically notified of vacancy announcements?
A: Yes. You can fill-out a job interest card for any position you are interested in under the Job Descriptions link.