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State of Rhode Island Automates Employment Application Process

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the State of Rhode Island will "go green" by launching Apply RI, a new online job application website. Apply RI is a web-based, workforce management system that provides a streamlined process for job seekers searching for employment with the state.

The new system includes a sign-up for job applicants to receive electronic notice of new job openings, as well as view job openings; create a Job Interest Card; set up an account; complete an applicant profile; and apply for State jobs. All this can be done online at

Apply RI has been developed to improve the hiring process for job seekers and hiring managers, and replaces paper applications with an interactive system, which can track applications. Apply RI is powered by NEOGOV, the nation's largest cloud software for Human Resources (HR) in government and education. Job seekers will be able to apply online quickly to numerous available positions or they can sign up to receive information on new openings.

"I am thrilled that we are able to present this innovative solution to streamline the job search process for applicants and managers," Governor Chafee said. "Improving technology across state government has been a priority for me and I am proud of the good work and collaboration by our state departments."

"Apply RI is an exciting innovation for the State of Rhode Island," Director of Administration Richard A. Licht added. "Besides providing applicants with a user-friendly, convenient way to search for and apply for positions, the implementation of Apply RI will create greater efficiencies across government, while modernizing how we do business. In May 2013, Governor Chafee issued his Executive Order on Diversity and tasked the Department of Administration with preparing recommendations to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Apply RI will assist state government with promoting diversity. "

"We're glad to have helped with this important milestone, and we will continue to help make this timely initiative a success," Charles J. Fogarty, Director, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, said. "Since DLT has been charged to be a recruitment solution and talent source for all jobs, private sector and public sector alike, Apply RI is a relevant resource that complements DLT's existing resources for job seekers and employers very well."

"Apply RI modernizes our recruitment process," Deborah Dawson, Director of Human Resources said. "Candidates can create an account online and easily apply for positions as they are posted. They can access Apply RI from any computer with internet access."

"The Human Resources department has been a very receptive internal client for the Office of Digital Excellence to incorporate new processes and technology," Thom Guertin, Chief Digital Officer, noted. "We are going to build on this successful launch of Apply RI to streamline the State's on-boarding approach and standardize employee communication. By incorporating modern technology across government, we are able to produce cost savings, resource savings, and improve our customer service."

Apply RI can be accessed 24/7 from any computer with internet access. Computer kiosks are available at the following locations: • Department of Administration, One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence • Department of Environmental Management, 235 Promenade Street, Room 350, Providence • Department of Transportation, Two Capitol Hill, Room 200, Providence • Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 55 Howard Ave., Benjamin Rush Building, #55, Cranston

If applicants need help using Apply RI, a staff member will be available, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the above locations.

In addition, the four netWORKri offices throughout Rhode Island will have access to Apply RI, as well as computers at all public libraries in the state. NetWORKri and library staff will be trained to assist job seekers with accessing Apply RI. To access Apply RI, visit For more information, contact Allison Rogers, 401-222-2280 or

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