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Find a Federal Government Job

Learn how to find a job with the federal government.

Federal Government Employment

There are job openings in federal agencies across the country. If you’re interested in one, visit USAJOBS.gov. It’s the official job site for the federal government. There, you can:

How to Apply for a Federal Job Through USAJOBS

You must create a USAJOBS profile to apply.

  1. USAJOBS requires users to have a login.gov account. Sign up with login.gov.

  2. Sign into USAJOBS, create your profile, and upload your resume.

  3. Search for jobs that interest you.

  4. Review the job announcements to see if you qualify.

  5. Prepare your application in USAJOBS.

  6. Submit your application through USAJOBS to the federal agency with the job opening.

Search for Jobs at a Specific Agency

Though most federal agencies post their jobs on USAJOBS, some post jobs on their websites. If you want to work for a specific agency, find its website through the A-Z Index of Government Agencies.

There is never an application fee or a testing fee to apply for a government or U.S. Postal Service job. 

Former Federal Employees

If you’re a former federal employee, you may be eligible for reinstatement. Reinstatement lets you apply for federal jobs without competing with the public.

Students and Recent Graduates

Find student job opportunities with the government. You may qualify for an internship or an entry-level position.

Veterans

If you've served in the military and want to find a federal job, check out FedsHireVets.gov. It has information on:

  • Veterans' preference

  • Special hiring authorities

  • Other tips for vets and transitioning service members seeking federal civilian jobs

People With Disabilities

Learn about the advantages of federal jobs for people with disabilities.

Federal Jobs for People with Disabilities

If you’re looking for a job and you have a disability, you might consider working for the federal government.

Advantages of Government Jobs for People with Disabilities

The federal government:

You can also apply for jobs through the competitive hiring process. Many jobs open to people with disabilities use only that process.

Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

You can search for most jobs on the government’s job site, USAJOBS.gov.

To apply for jobs under Schedule A, you must provide proof that you have an intellectual, psychiatric, or severe physical disability.

To apply for a job online:

To apply for a job directly through an agency:

For more details on applying for jobs through Schedule A, read The ABCs of Schedule A.

College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities

If you’re a college student or a recent graduate, you can find summer jobs, internships, and permanent positions through the:

Veterans with Disabilities

If you’re a veteran with a service-connected disability, you have even more options. Learn how special hiring authorities let agencies appoint vets to jobs non-competitively

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Last Updated: April 22, 2021

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