Job Seekers Start Here
If you are just getting started with your government job search, then this page will give you the starting point and a little outline of the steps involved in getting a government job.
The FIRST thing you need to do is to locate the job you want. If you don’t know what type of job you want, but are interested in working for the US Government and are excited to start receiving all the generous benefits – read up on some government job descriptions to see if you can find a match within one of the many Government Agencies.
Go to the USAJOBS.gov website and start searching for your new career. There are thousands of job vacancies around the US. Here is one that is currently listed as an example:
Review the job vacancy on USAJOBS.gov thoroughly. Note any special skills or qualifications needed, making sure you meet them before applying. Make sure you are aware of the closing date of the vacancy as that is an important date by which you must submit your application.
Before applying for the position you must have your federal resume completed and all materials handy for submission process. This means (if asked for) school transcripts, military records, veteran status, proof of citizenship – for a full list of items needed go to the Government Job Checklist page.
Wait. Yes, patience is important when applying for a government job. After you submit your application, it may take weeks before you hear something back and hopefully it will be for an interview. If that is the case then make sure you are ready. To ensure that you are completely prepared for the job interview, check out our Government Job Getting Guide, which will help you search, apply and interview for a high paying government job.
The Interview. What do you need to do to make sure you ace your interview. Research and know your facts. Yes, simple things, but they will make all the difference. Research in depth, what agency you are applying for and know all the dates, names, etc. of information in your resume. It will help you look like you are ready for the job, interested in the agency and care enough to go the extra mile.
“You’re Hired!” - Yes! Those are the words you want to hear. It was a long road, but you did it. Sure you did it by yourself, but we are here to help you with all your job seeking inquiries. Don’t forget to check out our resource page to find all sorts of helpful information, even after you start your new career in government and don’t forget to check out our handy government jobs guide, that is always a great go-to source for making your job hunting experience easy and stress free.