Given this highly competitive environment, agencies are selective about who they hire—and, as a jobseeker, you should be too. Only apply to jobs that you are interested in and qualified for. When it comes to job applications, think quality over quantity. Your chances of finding federal employment will increase if you focus on a few high-quality applications rather than dozens of applications submitted to jobs that may not be the best fit.
Congrats on submitting your application! Now what? If you do not hear back from the agency right away, you may think your application was submitted to a black hole. Considering the thousands of applications received by federal agencies each year, this is an easy assumption to make. The reality is that you have a lot of competition when applying to a federal position. Be patient as the agency assesses each candidate—this process may take longer than you anticipate.