Frequently Asked Questions

What information is required to complete the online application?
You should have several pieces of information on hand prior to beginning the application process. Please note that there is a time limit for the application process. It is therefore important to have all of the following information available BEFORE beginning the application.
Educational Preparation Name and location of High School; Name(s), dates of attendance, degree earned, GPA, Major/Minor of college(s)
Certification Title, date issued and type
Educational Experience District name and location, position, grade, subject, employment dates, reason for leaving
Tenure Area, district, address, date granted
Student Teaching/Internship District name and location, school name, grade,subject, dates, supervisor
Other Work experience, employer, address, position, employment dates
References (a minumum of three required) Name, position, district or company, telephone. You may choose a "Do Not Contact" option for each reference.
Military Service, discharge date and type
Cover Letter/Resume (recommended) Upload Microsoft Word, Publisher, Word Perfect, PDF or ASCII documents.
Criminal Background Answer questions concerning any criminal records.
Is there a cost to the online system?
The online system is free to applicants.
How long is my application active?
Your application is active for one year.
What if I forget my user name or password?
Please click on the Forgot Password on the logon screen. Enter your e-mail address on the next screen. The system will send you an e-mail indicating your user name and password. You may also contact our office.
Why was I not able to register?
OLAS will not allow you to have multiple accounts. Please call us so we may help you access your old account. You can then update your information and apply to new positions.
Do I need to apply to new vacancies even though I have allowed all districts to view my application?
Applicants have the option to apply to new vacancies at any time. When you “Allow all districts in this Region to view my Application” all districts can search for you by certification area(s). However, if a district posts vacancies, they will search for applicants that have applied to those specific vacancies first. To apply to a new position, go back into your application using your user name and password. From the “Applicant Home” screen, choose “Apply for a Job”. This will take you to the screen where you may apply to new jobs. Select the job(s) in which you are interested and click the “Apply for a Job” button at the top of the screen. You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the system listing your choices.
How do I go back into my application and select new vacancies?
To apply to a new position, go back into your application using your user name and password. From the “Applicant Home” screen, choose “Apply for a Job”. This will take you to the screen where you may apply to new jobs. Select the job(s) in which you are interested and click the “Apply for a job” button at the top of the screen. You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the system listing your choices.
How do I upload a resume and generic cover letter to my application?
Go back into the application system using your user name and password. You will see a screen called “Applicant Home”. On this screen, choose “upload & review your resume and cover letter”. This will bring you to a screen that will allow you to browse the files on your computer. Choose the resume file and click open. This step will place the file in the browse box. Then click the upload button. You will receive a message indicating that the process was completed. Repeat the same steps to upload your generic cover letter.
Can I upload a cover letter specific to a vacancy/district?
Yes. We encourage you to do so. You may upload a specific cover letter after you have applied to the position(s). Choose the position(s) in which you are interested and click “apply for jobs” at the top of the list. Now proceed to the “manage my jobs” screen to upload job specific cover letter(s) to the position(s) listed. Click on “Upload Job Specific Cover Letter” next to the position. This will bring you to a screen that will allow you to browse the files on your computer. Choose the correct file and click open. This step will place the file in the browse box. Then click the save button. You will receive a message indicating that the process was completed.
How can I make changes to the cover letters and resume that I have uploaded to the system?
First, you need to make the changes on a file on your computer or create a new one. Then, go back into the system and upload the revised file to your application. This will override the original cover letter or resume.
Why do I need to upload job specific cover letters, when I have already uploaded a generic cover letter?
Districts have the option to search the system for you by certification area when you “allow all districts to view my application”. When your application comes up on this search, they will be able to see your generic cover letter. However, when you apply to specific jobs, districts will be able to view your job specific cover letter. Districts prefer to view a job specific cover letter for their positions.
Why do I receive an error message when I click “view resume” or “view cover letter(s)?”
The system does not accept certain types of documents. Please save the document(s) as a PDF and then upload it.
Why has the formatting changed on my documents when I click “view resume” or “view cover letter(s).?
We convert all documents to PDF. In the conversion process, the margins revert back to the original margins (8 ½ by 11) which affects the formatting. If you convert your documents yourself to PDF documents before you upload them, this may help with the formatting.
Does OLAS accept Microsoft Works documents?
No. OLAS does not accept Microsoft Works documents. Please save the document as a PDF and then upload it to your application.
Where can I go to download Adobe PDF Reader?
Please visit Adobe Website and follow the directions to install.
Can I upload other documents to my application?
Yes. Each applicant is allowed to upload up to five transcripts, letters of recommendation and certifications, and one portfolio file. All documents are considered unofficial.
Why am I receiving error messages when trying to upload my “other documents?”
You may be receiving error messages because one or more of your documents may be too large. Each document should be under 2MG. Please rescan them and make them smaller, or if you have the latest version of Adobe, resave each document in “reduced size” PDF. Then go back into OLAS, delete the previous documents and replace them with the new reduced size documents.
How do I know that my application is being submitted to the districts to which I have applied?
Once you’ve applied, the system will send you an e-mail listing the positions to which you have applied. Those districts are viewing your application, resume and cover letter.
I did not receive an e-mail from the system. How do I know that I have applied correctly?
Go back into your application using your user name and password. On the “Applicant Home” screen, choose “Manage My Jobs”. If the position is listed on this screen, then you have applied correctly.
What is the best way to complete my application and avoid overlooking any required field?
Use the application wizard. This will take you through the entire process.
How do I know that my personal information is secure?
The site is a VeriSign Secure Site, ensuring applicants the most sophisticated security available.