Submitting your application - Federal job and internship application tips - Go Government

Tips for submitting your
federal job application

Submit your application on time

The federal application process may have more steps than you are accustomed to, so allow plenty of time to thoroughly complete your application. Agencies will not make exceptions if you miss the deadline.

Follow the instructions

After reading the application requirements in the “How to Apply” section of the job announcement, be sure to complete each step and include all items asked for. When you are ready to submit your application on USAJOBS.gov, you may be redirected to an external hiring system. You will need to create a login on this website to actually submit your application. Be sure to submit all application materials through the agency’s system of choice.

Take note of key application details

For future reference, save both the job announcement number and the HR contact information listed in on the job posting in case you need to follow up with the agency.

Save a copy of your application

It will be helpful to review your application if you are asked to interview, especially if you have recently applied to a number of jobs.

Be consistent

Each piece of the application package should reinforce your qualifications for the position. Be consistent in what skills and abilities you highlight in the resume, questionnaire and other application materials.