How to search for federal jobs and internships on USAJOBS.gov
As the one-stop shop for government jobs, USAJOBS.gov has roughly 30,000 vacancy announcements on the site at any given time. Navigating the website and understanding job listing information is half the battle. With a little help decoding all the government language used to describe the types of jobs that the government has available, you'll be well on your way.
Create a USAJOBS.GOV account
To gain full access to USAJOBS.gov, create your own account. Simply provide standard personal information and create a username and password. Once you are logged in to your main account page, you can:
- Save your searches
- Edit your profile
- Create and upload multiple versions of your resume
- Create and upload application materials
- Track the status of your applications
Search for positions
USAJOBS.gov offers you a variety of ways to search the database of current job openings. The easiest way to look through this database is to perform a broad keyword search and then refine your results according to your preferences.
No matter how you search, you can refine your results in a variety of ways. Once you have figured out your work priorities, you will likely have very specific preferences in mind. Refine your search using that criteria through the refine your results box or through the advanced search feature. You may want to refine your search results by:
- Agency: If you have a few agencies in mind, refine your search by selecting one or more agencies or offices.
- Job Categories: Job categories are organized according to series number. Refine your results by clicking a specific occupation series or drill down into a specific occupation. The full list of occupation categories is available on USAJOBS.gov.
- Grade: Selecting a GS grade level is an easy way to focus on positions that match your experience level. Be realistic in your expectations, you may be hired at a lower salary and then advance rapidly.
- Salary: You can narrow your search if you are looking for positions within a specific salary range. Again, be realistic in your expectations and be sure that your skills and qualifications match the positions in your search results.
- Work schedule and Work type: Be sure to select what type of work schedule and type that best aligns with your preferences. The most common position is full-time and permanent, meaning the position is working forty hours a week and is long-term. Term or Temporary assignments may last a few months or even a few years. Although short-term, these positions can give you great experience and may open doors to other government positions. Additionally, though not all student jobs are required to be posted on USAJOBS.gov, student jobs through the Student Pathways Programs can be quickly found by using this filter. This filter also includes options for internships and positions for recent graduates.
- Location: Look for jobs according to your geographical region by typing in your zip code and selecting a radius of 5 to 200 miles on the results page. You can also choose a specific city, state or country in the advanced search.