Applying for a Government Job
The path to any new job can be strewn with obstacles and hoops that every applicant must jump through. When your path takes you toward a government job, you may find even more hoops and bumps than usual. In this chapter you will learn in more detail what these various tests, screenings, and clearances entail.
One of the first steps to finding a government job is to log on to USAJOBS, the automated Web-based recruitment system that allows government job seekers to apply for positions online (www.usajobs .opm.gov). You have to apply for a USAJOBS vacancy and wait to be contacted via e-mail, as there are so many applicants vying for a finite number of jobs.
Before you register, you should familiarize yourself with the USAJOBS service and review the FAQ and “How to Apply” sections. When you register, make sure you save your registration information in a safe location. You will be using this information to re-enter the system. If you cannot remember or have lost your registration (user ID, e-mail address or password), do not re-register. Just follow the instructions under the “forgotten password” section.
You will set up your e-mail notification preferences during the registration process, and USAJOBS will notify you of available vacancies based on your preferences.
You should prepare your resume in advance using word-processing software such as Microsoft Word, then copy and paste your resume in the appropriate space during the registration process. You can edit or update your resume at any time. To edit your resume, log in using your ID and password and select the “Edit My Registration Profile” option.