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What should I do first?

1) Set up a profile

Note: Accurate information in your profiles is important because relevant details will also be submitted with your application

2) Build or post a resume

After setting up your profile, you should build or post your resume. If you upload a resume, be sure it adheres to the following requirements:

• Must be less than 3 MB
• Acceptable formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

Note: You can also use the Resume Builder which prompts you for the key information used to build a resume and then creates the document for you.

3) Search for jobs and set up saved searches

Once you have your profile and resume setup, you can search through USAJOBS for federal opportunities.

How do I search for jobs?

You can search USAJOBS for opportunities by keyword, location, job category, salary range and pay grade. Visit the Job Search FAQs to find out how to create and use USAJOBS search.

How do I set up saved searches?

Saved Searches automatically search for jobs based on your search criteria and email you (daily, weekly or monthly) when there are new jobs entered into the database that meet your specifications. All functions for Saved Searches (creation, deletion, editing, and viewing) are located within My Account.

Tip: When asked to create a name for the Saved Search, you may enter a name of your choice that is related to the job such as: Administrative, Program Analyst, Management Analyst.

How do I stay up to date?

You can set up saved searches to notify you via email on a regular basis. The mobile apps (iPhone and Android) allows you to view your saved searches and application status while you are on-the-go.

How can I use USAJOBS efficiently?

In addition to having a completed Profile and Saved Searches, click Resource Center for tutorials and job search tips.

Join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates, announcements and event information.

Note: Accurate information in your profiles is important because relevant details will also be submitted with your application.

Note: You can also use the Resume Builder which prompts you for the key information used to build a resume and then creates the document for you.

Tip: When asked to create a name for the Saved Search, you may enter a name of your choice that is related to the job such as: Administrative, Program Analyst, Management Analyst.


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This page was last modified on 23 February 2015, at 19:37.

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