Frequently Asked Questions

Working at SAIC

 

Search Job Openings

How do I find job openings on the Career Site?
You can conduct a search by entering keywords in the search field at Jobs at SAIC. After logging in to the Career Site, you can also use the "job search" function (basic or advanced) located on the Career site home page. With the advanced search, you can search by job field category, country, state, city, zip code, or job requisition ID number (if you know it).

You also can use keywords to search for job openings of interest to you (like engineer or cyber-security, for example). You can also use the wildcard symbol to enhance your search. Use the asterisk symbol (*) with your search to find related words (for example, "*engineering" could return results like system engineering or chemical engineering).

I entered my job search criteria, but the search returns "0" results. How do I find jobs that meet my search criteria?
The search criteria you entered may be too narrow. Try broadening your search criteria. For example, if you entered a zip code, choose a mile radius around that zip code rather than that zip code exclusively. For a keyword search, use the wildcard symbol (*) to enhance your search.

Use the asterisk symbol (*) with your search to find related words (for example, "program*" could return results like programming, programmer, or program manager).

If after following the above search tips, your search still returns 0 results, it is possible that there are currently no open job openings matching your criteria at this time. You may want to consider setting up a saved search so you can come back at another time to see if there are new search results. See the question below on saved searches to learn how. Or you can also consider setting up job agents or alerts so that you can be notified of positions that meet your search criteria. To do so, sign into your candidate profile within Taleo. At the top of any page within your profile, click on the "My Account Options" link. Click on the "edit" link next to the" Correspondence" section. Put a check in the "Send me notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted" box.

I saw an opening on the Career Site before but now it's gone. Is it still open?
It may not be. If a job opening has been filled, closed, or for some other reason, is no longer available, you will not be able to see it in the search results. If you set up your account to receive job alerts, you will be notified when similar positions become available. To set up your job alerts, sign into your candidate profile within Taleo. At the top of any page within your profile, click on the "My Account Options" link. Click on the "edit" link next to the" Correspondence" section. Put a check in the "Send me notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted" box.

How can I tell if relocation funding is provided for a job I want to apply for?
See the "relocation" section of the job description—it will indicate whether relocation funding is provided as part of the hiring process.


Apply to a Job Opening

How do I apply to a job opening?
You start by using the "job search" function to find a job opening (or multiple openings) of interest to you. Once on a job opening, click the "apply online" link. If you already have a user account, you will be prompted for your username (email address) and password. If you don't already have a candidate profile, you will be prompted to create a user account. You should then upload your resume, which will automatically populate the fields on your job submission. Make sure to check that your information is correct, and make sure to complete any other fields that are required to complete your submission. Click "submit" when you are finished.

I'm trying to build my candidate profile, but the Career Site won't accept the password entered. What should I do?
The Career Site has password requirements to protect your profile. Make sure your password:

  • Contains a minimum of eight characters and no more than 32
  • Contains a minimum of 1 number
  • Contains a minimum of 1 lower-case letter
  • Contains a minimum of 1 special character (! # $ % & ( ) * + , - . / : ; < = > ? @ [ ] _ ` { | } ~)

I submitted my application to a position but need to update my submittal, correct an error, upload more recent resume. How do I do that?
You can update a job submission by signing into the career site and clicking on the My Job Page tab to view your job submissions. After locating the submission you wish to update you should see two blue links at the bottom of the job submission specific information. Here you are able to update your submission.

When I hit "submit" to apply for a job, the Career Site doesn't allow me to complete the action. What do I do?
Make sure you're logged into your candidate profile. To apply to job openings, you must first be logged into your candidate profile. You can search for job openings without being logged into your candidate profile, but you can't apply to job openings or update your profile unless you're logged in. If you try to apply for a job, without being logged into your candidate profile, the Career Site will prompt you to log in (if you've submitted your resume and created your candidate profile already) or it will prompt you to build your candidate profile (and submit your resume) if you haven't already done so.

I made a mistake when applying to one of the job postings. Can I update my application?
Yes. After logging in to your candidate profile, you can view the job openings you have recently applied to by visiting the "My Job" page. Under the "My Submissions" tab, you will see a list of all job openings to which you've successfully applied. Locate the job submittal with the mistake, and click on the "Delete" link. After editing the appropriate information, click "reapply."

Can I submit my resume to multiple job openings at the same time?
No, but what you can do is as you find job openings that you wish to apply for, select "Add to My Job Cart." The openings will be held in your Job Cart until you are ready to submit them. When you are ready to apply for the job openings in your job cart, go to the "My Job Cart" page and click on the specific job titles of the positions you saved. If you have already created a profile, your information will already be there. You must verify your information is still accurate, make any changes or additions, and then apply to each saved job.

I had several job openings saved to my job cart yesterday, but now they're gone. Can I get them back?
If a job is missing from your job cart, the position most likely is no longer available (filled/canceled). Additionally, if you are logged into your Candidate Profile and no activity occurs after 60 minutes, the system will automatically log you out, and any information not previously saved or submitted will be lost.

I was referred for a particular job by an SAIC employee, but my password is not working. What do I do?
If you received an email invitation to apply, but the password you received is not working, it is likely because you already have an existing candidate profile. Please forward the email invitation to the employee referral team at myreferral@saic.com and a specialist will help you resolve your issue. Please note that the myReferral email box can be used for employee referral issues ONLY.

I am currently an SAIC employee but I cannot access the Career Site. Why?
Current SAIC employees need to access the Career Site through SAIC's intranet, ISSAIC. To log in through ISSAIC, use your SAIC user ID and password. If you have problems logging in through ISSAIC, contact the SAIC Help Desk.

I created a profile on the SAIC Talent Community. Does that mean I've applied to SAIC?
No. The SAIC Talent Community is a different system that allows candidates to provide SAIC with business card style inputs, such as job title and employer, to express an interest in SAIC and sign up for email alerts containing the latest job openings. If you want to apply to a specific job, you'll need to create a candidate profile through the Career Site and apply to the specific job posting you're interested in. For more information, see the Talent Community section below.

I receive an error message when I try to upload my resume. What should I do?
Uploading your resume into your candidate profile will automatically populate the fields in your job submission. If you receive an "access denied" or similar error message, save your resume in compatibility mode before uploading or access the job website from a network that is not restricted/firewalled (such as your home connection). You can still complete your submission if your resume will not upload by filling in each field in the form separately.


Get Status on the Hiring Process

How can I confirm that I correctly applied to a job opening?
After logging in to your candidate profile, you can see the job openings you have recently applied to by visiting the "My Job" page. Under the "My Submissions" tab, you will see a list of all job openings to which you've successfully applied. You also can review the submission status of each posting to find where in the process you are. If you recently tried to apply to a job opening and it is not listed, then your attempt to apply was unsuccessful. Use the "Job Search" function to confirm the job opening is still available and, if it is, apply again.

How do I find out the status of a job I applied to and where it is in the hiring process?
You can determine if a job opening that you applied for is still open and what your status is by going to the "My Job" page once you've logged into your candidate profile. You can see the status of the position under the "Job Status" line of each position. See "submission status" to find out where you are in the recruitment process for each position to which you have applied.

When will I hear back from someone after I've applied to a job opening?
If your qualifications and experience meet the position requirements, the recruiting team will identify you as a potential candidate and will contact you directly to discuss next steps. The timeframe for that depends on the position and the number of applicants. You can always see the status of the jobs you've successfully applied to by going to the "My Job" page once you've logged into your candidate profile. You can see the status of the position under the "Job Status" line of each position. See "submission status" to find out where you are in the recruitment process for each position to which you have applied.


Set Up and Retrieve Your Career Site Password

I forgot my password. How do I get back into the Career Site?
There's an option on the Career Site log-in page to retrieve your password. Click on the Forgot your Password? link, which will take you to a screen where you will be prompted to enter your email address and submit. A temporary password (access code) will be provided via email and you will use the link contained in the email to access your profile and reset your passwords. A new temporary password is assigned every time you forget your password.

If I forgot my password. Should I just set up another candidate profile?
No. Instead, use the "Forgot Your Password?" link, which will take you to a screen where you will be prompted to enter your email address and submit. A temporary password (access code) will be provided via email and you will use the link contained in the email to access your profile and reset your passwords. A new temporary password is assigned every time you forget your password.

How do I update my existing password?
Log into your candidate profile and click on the "My Account Options" link. Scroll down to the "Login Information" area and click "edit." You'll be asked to verify your old password and enter a new one.

I'm a member of the SAIC Talent Community. Is my Talent Community password the same as my Career Site password?
No, the Talent Community system is separate from the career portal system. For more information, see the Talent Community section below.


Job Eligibility Requirements

Do all the job openings at SAIC require a security clearance?
No. Security clearance requirements are identified in each job description. If a clearance is associated with a job, the job description will state whether applicants must currently hold or be able to attain a specific type of clearance. If no clearance is required, the job description will state that none is required.

How can I find SAIC job openings that do not require a security clearance?
To search for job openings which do not require a security clearance, go to the advanced search page, select "none" as the criteria in the security clearance section of the "job search" function.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply to jobs at SAIC?
No, but depending on the job, there may be eligibility requirements. SAIC complies with Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For information, go to USCIS. You can learn more about the E-Verify program or visit the U.S. Department of Justice E-Verify site.


Get Automatic Job Notifications

How can you automatically notify me about job openings I am interested in?
We provide automatic notifications if you request them. To sign up for automatic notifications, you can:

  • Sign into your candidate profile within Taleo. At the top of any page within your profile, click on the "My Account Options" link. Click on the "edit" link next to the" Correspondence" section. Put a check in the "Send me notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted" box.

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  • From jobs.saic.com, join the Talent Community by entering your email address and clicking on "Join Now". Complete the profile information and put a checkmark in the box for "it's ok if a recruiter contacts me with open jobs." Customize your job notifications by creating job agents with specific keyword, location and email frequency preferences.

How do I stop getting automatic notifications from the Career Site?
You can eliminate your notifications by clicking the "My Account Options" link and editing the "Correspondence" section once signed into your profile through the career site.

SAIC's Talent Community also allows users to sign up for automatic notifications of jobs. You can review and edit your Talent Community notification preferences directly from the Talent Community job notification emails you receive. For more information, see the Talent Community section below.


Opt Out and System Requirements

How can I delete my candidate profile or have it removed?
To have your candidate profile removed from the Career Site, login to your candidate profile, click on the "My Account Options" link, and then choose the "deactivate" link. By deactivating your account, you will automatically be withdrawn from all jobs to which you've applied.

What are the system and browser requirements for using the Career Site?
To get the most out of the career site, we recommend that your computer have at least 128MB of RAM and a minimum of a 400 MHZ processor. It's also best to have only one session active at a time. You should be able to use any browser with the career site although versions before IE6.0 are prone to experience functionality issues. IE7 for Windows XP and Windows Vista is the recommended browser. Additionally, the recommended screen display/resolution is 1024x768 or higher.


About SAIC's Talent Community

What is the SAIC Talent Community?
The SAIC Talent Community is a group that allows candidates to get job information about SAIC career opportunities emailed to them without having to apply. SAIC's Talent community subscribers can manage their profiles online, edit their job agent preferences, receive new job notifications via job agents, and view jobs to start the application process when ready.

What's the difference between SAIC's Career Site and the SAIC Talent Community?
SAIC uses several tools to best serve and reach candidates. Our Career Site is located at www.saic.com/career. From this page, you can learn about SAIC's people, hiring programs, benefits, and diversity and inclusion efforts. You can also perform a quick search for an open position from the career site. When applying to a specific position, you will be direct to SAIC's Talent Community via jobs.saic.com. If you have previously joined our Talent Community, you can login using your email address and password. If you are new to our Talent Community, you can complete a brief registration form or use your LinkedIn account to complete the form for you. The Talent Community is one way you can get more information about SAIC's job openings, by subscribing to email alerts for future job postings.

So which one should I use: SAIC Career Site or the SAIC Talent Community?
As you're searching for a new role, you can use both to help you find job openings of interest to you. Once you want to apply you can go directly to the SAIC Career Site to do so. If you're starting from the Talent Community, the Talent Community site (jobs.saic.com site) will pull you over to the SAIC Career Site, where you can view and apply for jobs. Once on the Career Site, start by building your candidate profile, which then allows you to further search career opportunities and make you visible to our recruiters when they're searching for candidates.

If I have a profile on the Career Site, do I also need to join the Talent Community?
It's a good idea to participate in both SAIC's Talent Community and the SAIC Career Site. The Talent Community provides interactive and additional content that will help you learn more about SAIC's work, culture and types of opportunities. The Career Site allows you to search specific opportunities, create your candidate profile highlighting your skills and experience for our recruiters, and apply to specific job opportunities.

How do I join the Talent Community?
To join the SAIC Talent Community, visit the SAIC Talent Community subscription page to create your profile and subscribe. By joining and subscribing, you can get SAIC job openings and information sent to you automatically.

How do I access my Talent Community profile and edit my job agent preferences?
If you're already a Talent Community member and would like to access your account, go to http://jobs.saic.com/talentcommunity/login/ to log in and edit your preferences. You also can modify your preferences through links that are included in your notification emails.

How do I retrieve my Talent Community password?
Visit the Talent Community login page and use the "Forgot Password" function.

Is my Talent Community password the same as my Career Site password?
No, the Talent Community system is separate from the SAIC Career Site, and both have separate passwords.

If I join the Talent Community, will I be prompted to join again if I apply to a different job in the future?
If you've joined the Talent Community and not deleted your cookies in your browser, you will not be prompted to join again. If you have deleted your cookies, you will need to log in with your username and password to bypass the Talent Community join form.

When I complete my Talent Community profile, have I applied to SAIC?
No. The SAIC Talent Community is a different system that allows candidates to provide SAIC with business card style inputs, such as job title and employer, to express an interest in SAIC and sign up for email alerts containing the latest job openings. If you want to apply to a specific job, you'll need to create a candidate profile through the Career Site and apply to the specific job posting you're interested in.