How to apply

This section tells the job seeker the ways in which they can apply to this job.

Previous fields

This section has contained this information in the past but has now been relocated:

This section should being 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


Required by Policy


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.

Required by USAJOBS


Required by Policy


Information provided via our API is displayed in the following manner:

The following fields are required:

  • Agency contact name
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Street address
  • Email address

Apply by fax

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



Next steps

Tells the job seeker what may happen next after their application is received. It also should house the following statement, when applicable:

Required by USAJOBS


Required by Policy


Positions filled statement

Tells the job seeker that 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

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


This section also includes an Apply button that will start the application process for the user. The actions component appears in the right-hand-side of the screen (at desktop “viewport” size; the page is responsive so this section will move depending on the width of the browser window and the device it is being displayed upon).

The actions section also includes controls for:

  • Print
  • Save
  • Share

Also, note that in the September 1, 2017 USAJOBS 6.6 release we ensured that:

  1. All job announcement fields appear in the print version.
  2. All URLs for links are now included in the print version.

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

OPM Policy

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


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 up into smaller chunks.

This is not a 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.

Previous fields

Reasonable accommodation policy

This policy statement has a new, permanent home in the Fair and Transparent section.

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.

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