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Wherever you are on your current career path, just getting started or looking at your next step, USAJOBS should be on your to-do list. If you’re unfamiliar with this job search resource, you need to explore the following frequently asked questions (FAQs). It may be the best thing you’ve done for your career lately. Here are the top 5 FAQs regarding USAJOBS.
USAJOBS is federal job board designed for federal agencies and organizations seeking applicants for the more than 20,000 job openings posted to the site every single day. It allows job seekers access to these opportunities in a secure environment (with account sign-up) and is the official source for job listings within the federal government.
As the federal government’s official source for job listings, application information, and employment opportunities, USAJOBS has attracted more than 17 million applicants since its inception.
USAJOBS is a federal job board available to any U.S. citizen. It provides tremendous opportunity for those already in the federal system by way of “moving up the ladder,” so to speak. And if you’re interested in working for the federal government, this is the first stop to make in your search. Nearly 3 million people are employed by the U.S. government and that number is expected to increase over the next several years.
If you’re looking to improve the current breadth of your job search, then USAJOBS is the place to start. Here are just a few ways it can help:
The only requirement to establish a USAJOBS account is a valid email. Simply click on “Create an Account” and follow the steps to complete the process. Once registered, you can build a resume or upload an existing resume in various compatible formats, including Word documents and pdf. The important thing to remember is that USAJOBS requires a specific format for submission and restrictive character counts in certain areas of the resume.
You can begin your job search immediately upon registration with a variety of criteria, including agency name, job type, location, and even desired salary. Remember that thousands of new jobs are added to the USAJOBS website every single day.
The process of applying for a federal position on USAJOBS can sometimes be a bit daunting, from understanding the terms used at various hiring agencies to knowing exactly how the application process works; it can be very different from agency to agency and sometimes only slight changes can affect how you submit your resume and application. Keywords and accomplishments are also critical to building an effective USAJOBS resume.
It’s generally not a good idea to submit any old resume you have lying around. There is a specific format for a USAJOBS resume that is proven most effective. If you aren’t sure how to proceed confidently then it may be worth considering the services of a professional federal resume writer. CareerProPlus has mastered the fine art of the USAJOBS resume; of particular interest is our so-called “secret weapon.”
If you’d like to deploy this secret weapon but aren’t sure where to begin, you can get started right here.
(Source: USAJOBS Fact Sheet)