SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
Once you have completed your application you will need to submit it to the "contact person" listed in the vacancy announcement. Before you seal the envelope, send the fax, or hit send on your e-mail, take a few moments to be sure that your application is complete. Read it over one last time, checking for spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure that you have included all requested information and documents (DD- 214 if you are claiming veterans' preference; college transcripts if the job requires them).
UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR APPLICATION
We've all heard the horror stories - it takes too long to get a job in the federal government. Because federal jobs are filled using a competitive process, understanding the timing of the process will better prepare you for the wait after you submit your application.
When positions are announced, they will include both an opening date and a closing date. Some job announcements are opened for one or two weeks, while others may be open for longer periods of time. Once the closing date passes, federal agencies must wait a period of time (typically, 7-10 days) for receipt of postmarked applications. During this time period, the Human Resources Specialist will begin reviewing the applications received to determine if the applicants meet the qualification requirements outlined.
Those candidates who do meet the minimum qualifications will then be reviewed to determine if they are among the "qualified" or "best qualified" candidates. Sometimes this can take a few days, or a few weeks, depending on the number of applications received. Once the "best qualified" candidates are identified, a "certificate of eligibles" is prepared and sent to the supervisor (or selecting official) for the position. The supervisor will then review the applications and determine who among the "best qualified" will be interviewed.
Interviews are scheduled and conducted, references are checked, and final candidate selections are made.
Once a selection is made for a position all applicants are notified. Feel free to contact:
Don't be defensive. If you are angry or upset about not being selected, wait a few days until you calm down. Remember, the purpose of asking for feedback is to:
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Reviewed/Updated Date: November 9, 2009