Applying with Union Pacific

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1. Do I need an account to apply for a position?

  • Yes, to apply for an open position you must have a account. 

2. Creating an account:

  • If you have never applied with us, you need to create a new account. From the UP.Jobs home page, click on "Careers Sign Up" and click "Sign Up" button located in the upper-right corner of the page. Enter in your e-mail address to begin the validation process. Check for a e-mail from UP JOBS with a validation link to complete the account creation process. 

3. Information on current openings:

  • Browse current openings online. Only apply to positions in which you meet the minimum required qualifications, and only apply to locations where you wish to live and work. You must fill out a separate application for each position you are interested in. E-mailed resumes are not accepted as a form of application. You will never have to pay to submit an application. 

4. Job and event notifications:

  • If you do not see an opportunity that matches your interests at this time on our careers website, Union Pacific has a great feature called Notify Me. This is an automated notification system that can send e-mails and/or text messages when job opportunities or events that match your interests become available. This is a free option that is available when you log into your UP.Jobs account. Notifications can be set up by clicking the “Notify Me” button on a specific job posting, or through specific search criteria on the “Search Jobs” page. 

5. Contacting a recruiter:

  • The best way to get in contact with a Union Pacific representative is through one of our events. Visit our Events page to see where our team will be next.

6. Job requirements:

  • Each job posting lists an overview of the position, position accountabilities, minimum required qualifications, and preferred qualifications, if applicable. Pay or salary requirements will be listed on the posting. If pay or salary information is not listed, it is not currently available and will become available at a later point in the hiring process for applicants selected for further consideration.

7. Adding license and/or certifications to an application:

  • Only list licenses and certifications relevant and applicable to the position. The "License or Certifications" section within the application is a type-ahead table, meaning you must start typing your license or certification title and then select from the options that appear in the drop down. Not every license and certification will be listed. If no options appear, enter your license or certification in the "Qualifications" section of your application.

8. What is Career Matcher?

  • Career Matcher is a tool that asks a series of questions to help find a perfect career fit. As we find out more about you, our suggestions for what careers or departments you should explore start displaying. If we have an open position that fits your criteria, you can apply today. If there is not currently an opening, we encourage you to sign up for Notify Me.

9. Internships or job opportunities for students:

  • Union Pacific has formal relationships with colleges and other programs to help us find talented candidates. Visit our Students section for additional information.

10. Job opportunities for current or former veterans:

  • Union Pacific has a strong interest in attracting and retaining our military veterans. Read more about our Military initiatives and use the "Military Skills Translator" to enter in your military experience and get an idea of areas where your skills can be a great fit.

11. Rehire eligibility:


  • It is Union Pacific's policy not to rehire management employees who were terminated for cause, laid off through a Reduction of Force, received a settlement or severance package in which the individual waived rights to continued or future employment at Union Pacific, or who voluntarily elect to start their retirement benefits. There may be other scenarios not defined that would make one ineligible for rehire.

Craft Professionals

  • It is Union Pacific's policy not to rehire craft professionals who were terminated for cause and the termination was upheld under the provisions of the Railway Labor Act, received a severance package in which the individual waived rights to continued or future employment at Union Pacific or who voluntarily elected to start their retirement benefits. There may be other scenarios not defined that would make one ineligible for rehire.  

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