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Government Jobs - How to Apply

How to Apply for a Federal Government Job


There are a variety of ways to apply for a government job. In all cases, the first step is to review current openings. Then you can decide which jobs you are interested in and follow the instructions on how to apply.

Government Job Search

The USAJOBs web site has an Online Resume Builder. Users can create online resumes specifically designed for applying for Federal jobs. Resumes created on the USAJOBS resume builder can be printed from the system for faxing or mailing to employers; and saved and edited for future use. For many of the vacancies listed on the site, job seekers can submit resumes created through USAJOBS directly to hiring agencies through an electronic submission process.

Regardless of the format you choose, you will need to include certain information in addition to the specific information requested in the job vacancy announcement:

Job Information
Announcement Number, Title and Grade(s)

Personal Information
Full Name, Mailing Address, Zip Code, Phone Numbers (day and evening)
Social Security Number
Country of Citizenship - in most cases you will need to be a U.S. Citizen
Veterans' Preference - if you are a veteran
Reinstatement Eligibility - if you have a previous worked for the federal government
Highest Federal civilian grade held

High School - Name, Address, Zip Code, date of diploma/GED
College/University - Name, Address, Zip Code, Degree(s), Major(s)
List credits earned if you did not graduate

Work Experience
For each job:
Job Title (include series and grade if Federal job)
Duties and Accomplishments
Employer's Name and Address
Supervisor's Name and Phone Number
Note whether your current supervisor can be contacted
Start and End Dates (Month/Year - Month/Year)
Hours Per Week, Salary

Other Qualifications
Job-related training courses (give title and year)
Job-related skills (other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
Job-related certificates and licenses (current only)
Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (publications, memberships in professional/honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards)
Give dates, but do not send documents unless requested.

Double-Check Your Submission
To make sure you have included all the necessary information review your application to make sure you have listed everything you need. If your resume or application does not provide all the information requested on this form and in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for a job.

More Information

Finding Federal Jobs
How to find government jobs online.

Government Job Search Tips
Tips and suggestions for finding a government job.

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