How do I apply for Federal jobs?


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To apply for a job, there are four basic steps:


Create an Account

  1. Select the Create an Account link located on the USAJOBS homepage.
  2. Enter your primary email and create a username.
  3. Select the I agree. Create my account button.
  4. A personalized link will be sent to your email. Select the personalized link to continue creating your USAJOBS account.
  5. Add your Personal Information and Account Information.
  6. Select I have read and understand the security tips.
  7. Then, select the I agree. Create my account button.
  8. You will be redirected to the USAJOBS Sign In page.
  9. Enter your Username or Primary/Secondary Email and Password.
  10. Select Sign In.
  11. You will be brought to your USAJOBS My Account page.

Please note: You do not need to create a USAJOBS account to search for jobs, but you must create an account in order to apply for job announcements posted on USAJOBS.

Search jobs

USAJOBS offers three ways to search for job announcements: Basic Search, Advanced Search, and Map Search.

Basic Search

Basic Search allows you to search using keywords and location. Make sure you select the "U.S. Citizens" or "Federal Employees" radio buttons below the search input boxes to refine your search results to only jobs you are eligible to apply for.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search provides you more search refinement options. This tool also allows you to search for specific words and phrases, or words that are similar.

You are able to refine your search by:

  • Salary or Pay Grade
  • Occupational Series and Job Categories
  • Location
  • Department and Agency
  • Work Type and Work Schedule
  • Additional Search Options

The Who May Apply refiner has additional resources that will help you identify whether or not you are eligible to apply for a specific job announcement.

Map Search

Map Search provides you with a global view of the job announcements posted on USAJOBS. This search tool is valuable for users interested in a specific location or exploring options in new areas.

You are able to refine your search by:

  • Keywords
  • Salary
  • Pay Grade
  • Job Categories
  • Department and Agency
  • Work Type and Work Schedule
  • Posting Date

Please note: As you select search refiners, the map will automatically update. The updated map will visualize your search results.

Apply for Jobs

Once you find a job announcement you are interested in, thoroughly review the job announcement including the How to Apply and Required Documents sections. When you are ready to begin the application, select the Apply Online button on the job announcement. Next, you will be guided through the five step USAJOBS application process:

  1. Select Resume
  2. Select Documents
  3. Review Package
  4. Include Personal Info
  5. Continue Application with Agency

After you complete the last step of the USAJOBS application process, you and your application package will be redirected to the specific agency system you are applying to.

Check the Status of your Applications

Log into your account to review the status of your application. Contact the agency for specific follow-up questions or those related to the particular job. The agency contact information is listed in the job announcement.

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This page was last modified on 19 February 2016, at 23:05.

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