How to Apply for a Federal Position
You may apply for Federal positions by using OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment; SF-171, Application for Federal Employment (no longer available but still accepted); or a resume. If you submit a resume, it must include the employment and personal history information outlined in the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) flyer titled "Applying for a Federal Job" (OF-510).
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Individuals who have served in the military may be entitled to additional consideration. If you are a veteran, please attach a copy of your mot recent DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or letter from the Veterans Administration documenting your military service.
To claim 5-point veterans' preference, attach a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.
To claim 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.
For more specific information about your veteran's preference and eligibility, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/.
You must be a United States citizen to be considered for Federal employment.
If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.
Suitability for employment
Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a "Declaration for Federal Employment" to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.
For more information, check out OPM's set of Frequently Asked Questions
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