The New Mexico State Personnel Department administers the recruitment, application and verifications system for state government employment vacancies within the New Mexico Department of Military Affairs.
Most state jobs are classified, i.e., subject to the Merit System of Personnel Administration. Classified jobs are filled on the basis of ability, as demonstrated in competitive examinations.
State jobs that are not subject to the Merit System are unclassified. There are no universal procedures for the recruitment and appointment of unclassified officers and employees, or for the terms and conditions of their employment, except for performance appraisals; practices vary from one agency to another.