Get started with USAJOBS

With a USAJOBS profile you can:

  • Create or upload up to five distinct resumes
  • Search for jobs by agency, occupation, location and more
  • Save job searches and get automatic notifications
  • Save jobs that interest you

Where do I start?

1. Create a account

USAJOBS is now using for our sign-in process. is a service that offers secure and private online access to government programs, such as federal benefits, services and applications. Once you create a account, you can sign into USAJOBS and create a profile.

Learn how to create a account

2. Create a USAJOBS profile

Your profile includes all the information you need to apply to a federal job; your name, address and other important information that are submitted for each job application. It’s important to create a profile, because we can use this information to improve your job search results and help you fill in parts of a job application.

With a profile, you can also upload resumes, save jobs and save job searches.

Learn how to create a profile.

3. Create or upload a resume

You can either upload a resume or create one using our Resume Builder. You can store up to five unique resumes within your profile—this will help you target your resume to different types of jobs.

If you upload a resume:

  • The document size must be less than 3 MB.
  • The document must be in an acceptable format such as: JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

Learn how to upload a resume.

You can also create a resume using our Resume Builder—we help create a resume for you by asking you to enter information such as previous work experiences and skills.

Important tip: If you save five resumes and want to add a new one, you’ll have to delete one of the existing five.

Learn how to build a resume with Resume Builder.

What to include in a resume

When applying for a federal job, it’s important to clearly describe how your skills and work experiences align to the selection criteria defined by the job announcement. You should tailor your resume to the job announcement to which you are applying.

Get resume writing tips for federal jobs.

4. Search for jobs

Take advantage of the USAJOBS search tool-the more details you provide, the more effective your results will be.

You can search for jobs by keyword, occupation or job category, agency, location, salary range and pay grade.

Save searches and receive notifications

You can set up automated job searches based on your search criteria. USAJOBS will email you (daily, weekly or monthly) when there are new jobs entered into the database that meet your needs.

Learn how to save a search and receive notifications.

5. Review the job announcement

Once you find a job you’re interested in, read the entire job announcement and pay close attention to the:

I found a job I am interested in, what’s next?

1. Prepare your job application

We will guide you through a five-step process to prepare your application, including attaching a resume and other required documents.

Learn how to create your job application

2. Submit your application

Once your application is ready, you’ll be transferred to the hiring agency application system and at that point you move into the hiring agency process.

Learn what happens after your submit your application.

3. Check your USAJOBS account for status updates

You can check the status of your application in the application section of USAJOBS.

Understand your application status.