Frequently Asked Questions About Employment at RAND
Go to Find a Job. Use the arrows to scroll through all open positions. If you know the Job Opening ID Number, select "Advanced Search", enter the number in the field and select search. Click on the job to see the job description. If you meet all the qualifications, click on Apply Now, and follow the directions.
We discourage this practice, since we don't have enough personnel to handle inquiries. However, we have made every effort to make our job descriptions as clear and comprehensive as possible. If you review the job description for the position you're interested in, you'll probably find that it answers most of your questions.
We don't give informational interviews, since we don't have enough personnel to handle such interviews effectively. However, if you check our web site, you'll find a wealth of information about RAND, including our history, organizational structure, and current "hot topics" on our research agenda.
No references are required with your application. If your application is successful and we decide to move forward, we'll contact you about the next steps in the process, which could include supplying references. As a general rule, three references are needed.
We don't post salary ranges. However, you'll find that RAND pays competitive market rates and offers excellent benefits. Go to the Benefits page for more information.
RAND applications must be submitted online. If you did not receive an immediate email confirmation please check your spam filter and go into your profile to make sure your email address is correct.
Your cover letter is important because it helps direct your application to appropriate staff within RAND. It should answer the following questions:
- What position are you applying for?
- Why are you qualified for the position?
- Why are you interested in RAND?
Once you have uploaded your resume you will be in the Complete Application Screen. Select the trash can icon on the right of your cover letter to delete it. Select "add attachment" to upload a different letter.
We're sorry not to be able to provide specific guidelines. We review each application very carefully, including cover letter, resume, and (if applicable) writing samples. The exact timing depends on the volume of applications and the workload of the reviewers.
Next steps depend on the needs and practices of the research unit or corporate division. Such steps could include tests, interviews, and an in-person presentation to your prospective colleagues at RAND. We'll discuss next steps with you in detail, and we'll make sure you have time to prepare.
You'll be notified if we decide to move forward with your application, or to pass at this time.
No. We rely on you to reapply if your qualifications change or if a new position opens that is more closely aligned with your qualifications.
We encourage you to wait at least six months. That gives a reasonable amount of time for your qualifications or our needs to change.
Log in and select "My Profile" under "My Career Tools." Update any information that may have changed and save.
You generally do not need a security clearance to apply for a position. However, once you are hired, many positions require that you either have or be able to obtain a security clearance. Check the job description to see if a clearance is required.
Information on RAND's visa policy can be found here (PDF).
17. I'd like to work in a specific research area. How can I make sure my application is submitted to that area?
Specify your area of interest in your cover letter. We'll make sure your application is forwarded to the appropriate research leader.
Excellent communication skills are required for research and analysis positions at RAND. If you're applying for such a position, your writing sample is very important in the evaluation of your application.
We prefer an unclassified sample, since it speeds up the review process. Only unclassified samples may be attached to your online application.
However, if your best samples are classified, or if you do not have an electronic version of your writing samples, create a document in one of the following formats: pdf, doc, doc, txt, rtf, htm, html, or ppt. Include your name, date applied, and position applied for (posting title and reference code).
Indicate one of the following in the document:
I am forwarding my writing sample by US mail.
I only have classified documents.
Save the document and attach as a writing sample with your application. (These instructions are also provided in the application process, on the Writing Sample Guidelines page.)
20. My writing samples are print-only, and therefore cannot be electronically attached to my application. What should I do?
You may send them to us via U.S. mail following these guidelines:
- Mail to:
RAND Human Resources
4570 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
- Indicate "Writing Sample" on outside of envelope
- Specify your return address
YOUR RETURN ADDRESS MUST MATCH THE POSTMARK ON THE ENVELOPE
Writing samples will not be returned.
RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Veterans/People with Disabilities