Most Federal jobs are found on the website, www.usajobs.gov. These job announcements must, by law, include a TON of information for applicants...but this makes the announcements too long, too confusing and difficult for applicants to figure out how to even apply for it.
First, check the CLOSING DATE - your complete application must be submitted before midnight on this date.
Second, the position will indicate the grade (salary) level. Most federal agencies use the GS (General Schedule) pay scale, but not all, so check the salary closely. If you have a bachelor’s degree, but little to no experience, apply at the GS-5 level. With a master’s degree, you should target GS-7 jobs in your degree field. If you have a JD, you will qualify for the GS-9 level. If you have 5-10 yrs experience in the field, you can most likely qualify at the GS-12/13 level.
Third, pay specific attention to the “Qualification Requirements” section. The areas indicated are used to rate applicants. The higher the level of your experience in these areas, the higher your score. Also read the job duties. Here is where you will really get a good idea of the job and should indicate in your resume if you already have experience in these areas.
Fourth, if you do not have ALL of the knowledge or experience required, DO NOT APPLY because your application will not be considered. Four out of five isn’t good enough.
Fifth, the announcement will likely have a link to an online questionnaire. They will be multiple choice questions. If you cannot answer honestly that you are an EXPERT for the vast majority of the questions, your chances are slim for even getting an interview. (Competition is fierce these days).
Sixth, and most important...you absolutely MUST reflect evidence of your EXPERT responses within the body of your resume. Fore example, if you indicate that you are an have EXPERT level experience in communications, you MUST show examples of that expert level within the body of your resume (or you will not receive credit for that response).
Finally, you must include the required documentation (DD-214 for veterans, college transcripts, and/or whatever else is indicated on the announcement). Look for it. It’s important. If the docs are not attached, you will not be considered.
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