- Find job announcements that are right for you, and match your resume to the skills the announcements require.
- Apply for one to three positions per week.
- Submit your resume to any of the online databases: USAJOBS, Avue Central, CPOL, Department of the Navy, Civilian Human Resources and any agency-specific databases that interest you.
- Apply to jobs with close deadlines as well as those with far-away deadlines. The latter are database resume-collecting announcements.
- Keep track of your applications.
Many Monster members voice the same concern on the Government/Public Service message board: The federal application process is taking too long! Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Are there agencies or departments that hire faster than others? Yes, applying for federal jobs by going through the many steps required does take time, but given the scale of how things work, it's not surprising: The government has thousands of jobs open, and human resources specialists receive hundreds of applications and multiple components every day. Federal Job Application Tips You might get a faster response if you apply to a smaller agency, but if you're applying to one with hundreds of thousands of employees and hundreds of job openings -- in short, a place with the most potential opportunities for you -- then you need to think long-term. Here's how to apply for federal jobs, accepting the fact that it could be a six-to-12-month process before you're hired:
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