USAJOBS.gov is getting easier to use. An update released in February 2016 includes a five-step tracker to guide job-seekers through the application process. The upgrade is the first in a series of website improvements planned for roll-out over the year.
Note: Most federal jobs are listed on USAJOBS. However, some agencies post jobs independently on their own websites or elsewhere. View the A-Z Index of Government Agencies to locate the agency you are interested in.
If you've served in the military and want to find a federal government job, FedsHireVets.gov provides information on veterans' preference, special hiring authorities, and other tips for vets and transitioning service members seeking federal civilian jobs.
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training and related instruction in which you can learn skills needed to advance in your chosen field.
Apprentice programs vary in length from one to six years. During that time, apprentices work and learn as employees. When you complete a registered program, you will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Department of Labor (DOL) as proof of your qualifications.
There is no longer a single civil service exam to cover all government jobs. Many jobs with the federal government no longer require written tests, but any testing depends on the individual agency and position.
If you are applying for a specific job, the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.gov will indicate if a specific written test is necessary and whom you may contact for more information.
To locate contact information for the personnel department of a federal agency, visit USA.gov's A-Z index of U.S. government departments and agencies. You may also try using the government section of your local telephone directory.
Government internships provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge while gaining hands-on experience. Find internship opportunities and information within the federal government for undergraduate, graduate, and law students:
Whether for a government agency or private organization, a security clearance is a status granted to individuals allowing them access to certain information.
Not all Federal positions require a security clearance, but they do require the candidate to undergo a suitability adjudication process to determine if the individual is suitable for Federal employment.
Background investigations are conducted to assess the loyalty, character, trustworthiness, and reliability of the person requiring the clearance.
If you have questions about your specific security clearance, please contact the security officer of the federal agency that requested your evaluation. If you are not sure who to contact at a federal agency, please contact the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Systems Access Support Team (SAST) at 1-724-794-5612, extension 4600. They can help you find the right contact within a federal agency.
Sometimes private companies that do business with a local, state, or federal government agency are required to obtain a security clearance using that particular government's security clearance granting system.
Some private companies also use security clearances to protect such things as intellectual property rights and financial information. Most of these companies use a background check, which usually researches work, criminal, and credit history.