Review the list of job announcements, decide which jobs you are interested in, and follow the instructions given. Applicants who have never worked in the federal government should look for vacancy announcements that are open for "Non-status" or to "All Sources". For the most part, OPM no longer maintains registers of eligible individuals for positions.
What to include:
The BEP needs certain information to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet legal requirements for federal employment. If your resume or application does not provide all the information requested in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for a job. Help speed the selection process by keeping your resume or application brief and to the point and by sending only the requested material.
If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans preference. For further details please visit the FEDS HIRE VETS website.
Veterans preference is not a factor for Senior Executive Service (SES) jobs or when competition is limited to status candidates (current or former federal career or career-conditional employees).
To claim 5-point veterans preference, attach a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.
To claim 10-point veterans preference, attach an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference, plus the proof required by that form.
Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a "Declaration for Federal Employment" to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.
If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a federal job.
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.