New Mexico State Personnel Office
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Employment with the State of New Mexico.

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What happens after I apply for a position?
  • Step 1Minimum Qualification Screening

    NEOGOV automatically screens all applicants based on their responses to the supplemental questions on a pass/fail basis to determine if the applicant has met or exceeded the minimum qualifications to include any statutory requirements if applicable

  • Step 2Applicant Ranking

    NEOGOV automatically ranks all remaining applicants based on a combination of: level of education, years of relevant experience, supplemental questions

  • Step 3Residency and Veterans Points

    Additional preference points are awarded to applicants and applied to ranking for: Years of New Mexico Residence and Veteran’s Status

  • Step 4Certification

    SPO or Agency HR review the top ranked applications. Applications are rejected if: Level of education cannot be verified (IE: Transcripts are not attached to application, are in an editable format, transcripts don’t indicate degree awarded or date conferred) Stated years of related experience cannot be verified within the Work Experience section of the application (IE: not enough information provided, insufficient work history, inapplicable experience attributed)

  • Step 5Referral

    Agency hiring manager is forwarded the top 15 candidates for review (additional applicants may be sent with SPO approval)

  • Step 6 Selection

    Agency specific selection process takes place

Documents you will need

Your complete work history to create your NEOGOV application

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College Transcripts

Your educational history to your Neogov Application

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Professional Licenses

Information for any professional licenses held to be added in the Certificates and Licenses section of your NEOGOV application, if applicable

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Military Documents

An electronic copy* (pdf or jpg file) of documentation required to claim Veteran’s or National Guard preference, if applicable.

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How we rank applications.

With the approval of the State Personnel Board, our office re-instated a minimum qualification threshold for all state classifications. This threshold established the minimum education and minimum work experience recognized for an applicant to be eligible for the position being recruited. Applicants with more education and experience than the minimum qualification required will rank higher on the list under those parameters.

The education and experience certified by an applicant is confirmed by a human resource professional based on the information provided in the application. Applicants whose education and experience cannot be confirmed will not move forward in the process.

This process takes place in order to comply with statute which requires the establishment of employment lists for the certification of the highest standing candidates to the prospective employer.

Upon verification, the top 15 applicants are referred to the hiring agency.

(Additional applicants may be sent with SPO approval)

Checking the status of your application.
Status updates for positions are available to applicants by logging into your applicant account by clicking Applicant Account, then click on "Application Status."
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Once you have filled out and submitted your application successfully, your status should read "Application Received." (Note: If it does not, you may have filled out an application, but did not submit it. Return to the position title you are interested in and "Apply" to complete the application process.)

The application status “eligible” means that based on your responses to the supplemental questions you have met or exceeded the minimum qualifications and passed through the first stage of screening. Candidates who have passed this stage are then listed in rank order, based on their score. A Human Resources Professional will confirm your education and work experience, and licensure, if applicable. If this information cannot be verified you will not be referred to the hiring agency.

The application status "Referred" means that you are on a list of the top fifteen applicants sent to the hiring agency for review and possible interview.

You will receive email notifications for the following:

  • Failure to meet minimum qualifications
  • Failure to verify education/experience/licensure
  • When a position has been filled
  • If an advertisement has been cancelled
  • If an advertisement has been modified or extended
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General Information

If you need assistance, please call the State Personnel Office at (505) 476-7759 or via email at

If you have forgotten your Username or Password, click the "I Forgot my Username and/or Password" link found on the applicant login screen. If you are unable to access your account or the system indicates you already have an account, please contact NEOGOV Customer Support at 1-855-524-5627.

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Work History
College Transcripts
Professional Licenses
Military Documents

You are required to include your work experience in the Work Experience Section of your NEOGOV application only. If you have previously included work history on a resume (attached or copy and pasted) you must transfer your work history into the Work Experience Section prior to applying. Text resumes and attached resumes will no longer be reviewed or considered.

Please review the job posting, specifically the purpose of the position and the minimum qualifications, prior to answering the work experience question. If you worked a part-time position (less than 40 hours a week) please be aware that your experience for this time period will be pro-rated. Additionally, if you have work experience that overlaps, you will only be credited for a maximum of 40 hours per week for that time period. Please note, that only related work experience will be considered.

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Additional Resources:

If you have completed education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, applicant name and is in a format that cannot be modified/edited. (Copying and pasting an electronic document into a Word document is not accepted). Your application WILL NOT be considered for further review if you have failed to provide this information.

Transcripts from outside the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation must be attached to your application if you are certifying you have an education higher than high school/GED.

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Please note that attachments are NOT automatically attached to your application. You will need to select which documents to attach to each application. (The last 15 attachments uploaded are available for selection)

How to Add Attachments

Step 1: Click Add Supplemental Attachment

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Step 2: Choose Attachment Type

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Step 3: Upload New Document or Choose from Recent Uploads

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Additional Resources:

To determine if a position requires a certificate/license, please review the minimum qualification section of the job advertisement:

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If a position requires a certificate/license, the applicant is required to complete the Certificate and License section of the application.

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Or attach the actual license/certificate to the application.

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Eligibility Criteria

The State of New Mexico recognizes that preference shall be granted to United States Veterans, Disabled Veterans, National Guardsmen or residents of the state in accordance with eligibility requirements in accordance with provisions of NMSA 1978 Sections 10-1-13.2, 20-4-9 and 10-9-13. Preference points are applied to the application after document verification is completed.

To be entitled to preference, a United States Veteran must meet the eligibility requirements in accordance with the provisions of Section 10-1-13.2 and Section 20-4-9, NMSA 1978. This means that the veteran had:

  • An honorable or general discharge from the United States Armed Forces.
  • An honorable discharge with a service-connected disability from the United States Armed Forces.
  • Currently serving in the National Guard.

When applying for New Mexico State government jobs, eligible veterans and/or National Guard members should respond to the statewide question. Applicants claiming preference must submit appropriate documentation with their application.

How is preference assessed and verified?

If you are a United States Veteran or a current National Guard member, you will be granted 5 points, which will be added to your final passing numerical scores on applications after documentation verification.

If you are a United States Disabled Veteran, you will be granted an additional 5 points, which will be added to your final passing numerical scores on applications after documentation verification.

Veteran, Disabled Veteran and National Guard Documentation Requirements:

For appropriate preference points to be given, an applicant must provide for following documentation:

  • Veterans and Disabled Veteran Documentation: You must provide a copy of your DD 214 Form (Long Form) and/or your Disability Determination letter (if applicable) of at time of application.
  • National Guard Preference: You must provide an official statement from applicable branch of the Armed Forces showing you are a current member of the National Guard, or a NGB 22 Form at the time of application.

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding eligibility, please contact New Mexico State Personnel Office at (505) 476-7759 or via email at