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USAJOBS – Federal Employment Opportunities

USAJOBS is the US Federal Government official source for federal employment opportunities and related information. enables federal job seekers to access thousands of job listings across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations. The website has attracted over 17 million job seekers to create accounts and use the tools and resources to find the right federal jobs fasters. Setting up a USAJOBS account simply requires an email to sign up. Registered users can build a resume or upload a resume in a compatible format for submission across all federal agencies. To search for potential job matches, seekers can look for positions through a variety of methods including agency, job type, location or salary range. points to potential applicants that understanding how the federal government determines their eligibility and the types of positions available is an important first step in understanding what job opportunities they can apply for.

The federal government offers various types of federal employment to suit the different needs of a diverse and dynamic workforce. Knowing what types of employment are available through the federal government is important to build a successful long-term career. The following various employment types are offered:

  • Career vs. Career Conditional
  • Temporary & Term
  • Part-time
  • Volunteers
  • Students and Recent Grads
  • Presidential Management Fellows

Federal agencies typically seek candidates from one of the three following eligibility categories:

  • Candidates who are new to the federal government and have no prior federal employment.
  • Non-Citizens
  • U. S. Citizens
  • Candidates who fall under special hiring paths and qualify for a special noncompetitive hiring authority established by law or executive order. These targeted segments of the population include:
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Military Spouses
  • Restored Feds
  • Students & Recent Graduates
  • Veterans
  • Peace Corps/VISTA

In addition, current or previous employees of the Government of the District of Columbia or the United States Postal Service may also be considered “status” candidates. Select one for more information.

Candidates who have current or previous federal employment experience, also known as “status.” Status applicants are current or former Federal civilian employees who hold or held non-temporary appointments in the competitive service, not the excepted service. Status applicants may be eligible for the following under merit promotion procedures:

  • Transfer
  • CTAP
  • Reinstatement
  • Interchange Agreements

In addition, certain veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) may also apply and be considered under vacancy announcements limited to status applicants.

Searching for the type of employment that is right for you is easy on USAJOBS. Use the Advanced Search Function to elect if you are looking for a: permanent, temporary, term, or part-time position. Select “Student” if you are looking for positions for current or former students or a Presidential Management Fellowship. Volunteer positions may be found by contacting the human resource office of the agency where you wish to work.

How to Apply

To apply for a job visit USAJOBS website and follow the instructions.

If you have questions regarding a position to which you are applying, please speak to the point-of-contact listed on each job opportunity announcement (JOA). The contact information can be found at the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu located on the right hand side. If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance.

If you are looking for a way to contact the agency headquarters you can find them here.

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