How to Apply for a Job

Interested in joining the Harvard community? Use our convenient job application portal, Harvard Careers. You can access Harvard Careers on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Harvard Careers is updated daily and lists all non-faculty positions from every school and department within the University. We encourage all candidates to carefully review our FAQ prior to applying for an open position at Harvard.

When you identify a position that interests you:

1. Review the basic qualifications and other requirements carefully. If your skills and background match, apply online. Please note that candidates who do not meet the basic qualifications for a position will not be considered.

2. We recommend that you submit a tailored cover letter with your application, which is uploaded separately from your resume. You can store several versions of your resume and cover letter in the portal, tailored to different types of jobs that interest you. 

IMPORTANT: Please be advised that there is no way to change a completed and submitted application. We encourage all candidates to review their materials carefully before submitting their resume and cover letter. Please note that you cannot withdraw a previously submitted application in order to make edits or changes to your resume or cover letter.

3. Once we receive your application, a Human Resources representative will review it. If it looks like you’re qualified for the role, you’ll be referred to the hiring manager or officer.

4. New opportunities regularly become available. To keep tabs on what’s new, be sure to update your information in Harvard Careers, and check for new job postings. You can also set up a search agent that will notify you when positions that match your qualifications are posted.

  • Academic Jobs: Looking for a faculty position or post-doctoral fellowship? The academic dean or department chair typically handles hiring for these positions. Check ARIES for listings.
  • Temporary Jobs: Learn more about temporary employment, Harvard's preferred vendors, and the university's managed service provider, Yoh.

Job Fairs

Connect with Harvard recruiters at leading job fairs and career events. You can stay up to date with these through our events calendar and Harvard Jobs Facebook page.

SSN Policy

Social Security numbers (SSNs) are personally identifiable information and are protected by Massachusetts law and Harvard policy. They are among the information elements designated as high-risk since they can be used for the purpose of identity theft. This information, if maliciously obtained and misused, carries a high risk of causing personal, financial, and reputational damage to its owner.