1. Create your governmentjobs.com profile ahead of time and keep it current.  This will reduce the amount of time you spend applying for positions that interest you and help you meet application deadlines.
  2. Use an email that is not associated with a school/work account and that you will have access to.
  3. Update the contact/employment section on your profile any time you change employers or take on new roles and responsibilities.
  4. Update the education section whenever you acquire a college degree or complete a certificate, apprenticeship, or training program.
  5. Ensure that the employment section clearly indicates that you have met the minimum requirements for the job you are applying for, including correct employment periods and the type of work you completed with each employer. Refer back to the job bulletin as needed.
  6. Attach any required certificates, licenses, or other documents to the appropriate section of the online application.  Note: Uploading a resume does not replace the need to complete the other sections, such as education and employment sections.  Resumes are not considered during the application review process unless specifically stated in the job bulletin.
  7. Complete the application with accurate information. The information you provide will be verified and you may be subject to disqualification or prevented from applying for positions in the future if you misrepresent your qualifications on your application.
  8. Pay attention to the supplemental questions! Each application goes through a preliminary review process which takes your responses into account. Don’t get disqualified early in the application process because you discounted the importance of this section of the online application.
  9. Though some questions in the supplemental section may seem redundant to the information you provided in the education and employment sections of your application, your application needs to include all relevant information to be complete.