PPM Section 3 -
Job Opportunity Program: guidelines
- The Job Opportunity Program covers all benefits-eligible University positions. Because the
Job Opportunity Program is a WMU benefit:
- All qualified internal applicants will receive an interview.
- Hiring agents will interview with the intent to hire from within whenever possible.
Hiring agents must have strong justification for NOT hiring internal applicants who meet
the minimum qualifications.
- The Careers at WMU page of the Human Resources
Web site is the campus-wide, public announcement system for job opportunities at Western Michigan University and is designed to ensure equal employment
opportunities for all University employees. Current opportunities and application procedures are
found at Careers at WMU.
- Vacancies to be filled by promotion or transfer from within the hiring department do not
require internal or external posting. Department heads are responsible for ensuring that all
employees within their departments are aware of the opening, have an equal opportunity to
express their candidacy, and are fairly considered for the job.
- If the hiring unit or major job group is underutilized and there are qualified internal
applicants for the position that meet the under-utilization criteria, these applicants must
be considered first. If there are no qualified internal applicants who meet the criteria for
an underutilized position, HR Services may add qualified external applicants who do meet the
under-utilization criteria before forwarding candidate credentials to the hiring agent.
- If the major job group or the hiring unit is not underutilized, the unit must consider
and finalize decisions regarding all Job Opportunity Program applicants before considering
any external applicants. If an internal applicant is not selected, external applicants may
be added to the applicant pool with the approval of the Office of Institutional Equity.