How to apply

This section tells the job seeker how they can apply to a job.

Begin this section with the following:

Prepare your application in USAJOBS

To start your application, click Apply and we’ll walk you through a five step process where you’ll attach a resume and any required documents.

During the application process you can review, edit, delete, and update your information. We’ll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won’t lose any changes.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

Yes

Apply by fax

Tells the job seeker how they can submit their application by fax.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

No

Positions filled statement

Tells the job seeker that the agency has the flexibility to hire additional people beyond the number of vacancies listed in the Locations section from the pool of applicants to this announcement.

Suggested text

We may fill multiple positions from this announcement.

Myth: Job announcements must be less than 5 pages when printed

Office of Personnel Management Policy (OPM)

In 2010, OPM recommended that job announcements keep to five pages, but there is no official policy on job announcement length.

Impact

We’ve expanded the print version to include all URLs for all links and ensured that all fields now appear in the print version. We have split the display version of the job announcement into smaller chunks.

This is no reason to expand the length of the job announcement. Our research shows that job seekers spend 106.5 seconds looking at a job announcement. The longer it is, the more difficult it is for the job seeker to identify key details.

Preview questionnaire URL

A URL pointing to the questionnaire for this announcement.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

Yes

Agency contact information

Tells the job seeker how they can contact the agency. The Learn more about this agency link opens the agency pop-up window that tells the job seeker more about hte agency.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by Policy

Yes

We display the information you provide as follows:

The following fields are required:

  • Agency contact name
  • Phone number—check your voicemail often and respond to applicants as soon as possible.
  • Street address
  • Email address—Please use an active email address and check it often, because job seekers may contact you there.

Next steps

Tells the job seeker what may happen next after their application is received.

Required by USAJOBS

Yes

Required by policy

Yes

Questions? Concerns?

This site is a work in progress. We will continue to this content until it is as complete as possible. If you have questions or concerns about the veracity of anything you read here please reach out to your HR director who can contact OPM Policy.

If you have comments about the site itself or suggestions on content to add please write to recruiter-help@opm.gov.