Applicant Tracking Enterprise: “You are not authorized to apply for this position” Error Message



There are usually two reasons applicants receive this message.


Reason 1: Wrong Applicant Type

  1. Go to your application’s General Information tab (sometimes called Personal Information or Contact Information).
  2. Find the “Applicant Type” section. This is usually at the bottom or the top of the page. Click on Change Type.



3. Click on the box next to the job type for which you want to apply; a check mark will appear when the option is selected.capplicantype.png




















4. Click “Save and Next.”


5. Go back to the job posting and apply for the job.



Reason 2: Wrong Location Preference

If this doesn’t work, you may be receiving this error message because you’re attempting to apply for a position at a consortium and your Location preferences don’t match the job position. You need to find the page that handles your location preferences and make sure the district in question is selected. This page can often be called:


  • Locations
  • Districts
  • Where do you want to work?



If you log in and can’t view a job you’ve seen on the Job Board, follow the above steps to check your Applicant Type and Location preferences.


Click the video below to watch how to make these changes.



This did not help me. There is nothing on my application that says 

  • Locations
  • Districts
  • Where do you want to work?

I’ve looked and looked and I can’t find anything even remotely related to those. I’ve change the job type and still nothing comes up. 

does anyone know where this is located on the application?

Hi @heygeorgia2000


Some districts allow changing Applicant Type/Location Preferences under your account settings while some do not. If changing Applicant Type did not fix the error and you do not see the option to change your location preferences under your account settings, you would want to reach out to your district directly and request them to change it on your behalf.



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