The Following are the basic steps for finding positions within the United States Department of Labor:
Step 1: Find the right position for you
The department posts all vacancies notices on USAJOBS, a central database maintained by the Office of Personnel Management that lists nearly every federal vacancy. From USAJOBS you can create an account and set up searches that can be automatically emailed to you about positions that meet your criteria.
Whether you are a veteran, a student or a recent graduate, retired or experienced professional, the department offers many different options in different areas. Most positions in the Department require U.S. citizenship and complete background research and drug screening. For more information about the recruiting process, see Understanding the Federal Recruiting Process.
Step 2: Read the vacancy announcement
The announcement provides you with information about qualifications, eligibility requirements, duties, salary, job location, benefits and safety requirements. Here you can determine whether your interests, education and professional background make you a good candidate for the position. A list of common terms is available to help you understand departmental job announcements.
Step 3: Apply for the position
Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each announcement. Instructions will guide you through the application process and provide you with detailed information about the questions, forms, and format to be addressed and used to record your qualifications for the job. You may also be asked to answer a series of questions to determine if you are qualified for the position and to assess your skill level and abilities. During the application process, veterans may be asked to identify veteran preference status (see Tips for Veterans).
Applications must accurately reflect the skills and competencies that apply to the announced position.
Submit all required documents, paying close attention to the application expiration date (closing date) and application procedures, which may vary by position and department sub-agency. Sometimes applications only need to be stamped on the expiration date. Applications typically must arrive at the specified destination by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) or at the end of the business day.
Submit any additional documentation described in the vacancy notice that verifies all qualifications, such as transcripts, SF-50 personnel action reporting, performance reviews, and / or veteran form DD-214. If you fail to submit a required document, you may not be eligible for consideration.
To post your resume online, apply for certain federal positions, and check the status of your application, you must create a USA JOBS account.
When writing your federal resume, make sure to include all relevant experience. It is common for federal resumes to be two or more pages long, so don’t cut out important details to try to fit your resume on one page. A good federal resume should provide a clear overview of your most important work and volunteer experiences, as well as academic achievements. It should also highlight the unique skills that set you apart and qualify you uniquely for the position. Relevant extracurricular activities should also be included. For more detailed information, see Tips for writing a federal resume and how to turn your education and experience into a career at DOL.
NOTE: The federal recruitment process can take quite a long time. See what to expect after signing up for information about the process.
Step 4: Interview for the position
The names of the most qualified candidates are forwarded to the supervisor or the recruiting officer. If you are one of the most qualified candidates, the supervisor or recruiting officer may interview you personally or by telephone, or in rare cases hire you solely on the basis of your application material. Selection procedures are governed by the laws of the federal government, which ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and equally during the recruitment process.
Interviews are designed to measure a variety of competencies important for job performance. Interviews can contain scenario-based questions that measure selected competencies, eg Lead others, team building, performance and result management, decision making and problem-solving, oral communication, personal skills, technical questions, etc. For more information on interviewing, see the interview tips.
What to expect
The application you submit goes through many assessment levels. First, Human Resources Specialists will screen it to see if you meet the basic requirements for the position. Then, the Human Resources Specialists or a panel of experts will assess your application based on the additional qualifications listed on the vacancy notice. If your application is among the best qualified, it will be forwarded to the hiring manager, who will make the final selection. For more information, see What to expect after you sign in.
If you have any questions about a position for which you are applying or to know the status of your application, please contact the contact point listed for any vacancy announcement.