1. What is USAJOBS?

USAJOBS.gov is a free web-based job board enabling federal job seekers access to thousands of job opportunities across hundreds of federal agencies and organizations. USAJOBS.gov is available to everyone (citizens and non-citizens). Setting up a USAJOBS account simply requires an email to sign up. To begin, visit www.USAJOBS.gov.

Click on “Create an Account” at the bottom of the page where you will be required to provide your email, create a username and password, and agree to the USAJOBS term and conditions. Once you have an account created, you can use the USAJOBS resume builder or upload an existing resume to apply for any jobs. .

2. Can I submit the same resume for every job I apply to?

We suggest you go to the "Qualifications & Evaluation" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

3. What can I do to make sure I don’t miss any future FERC openings?

You can create ‘saved searches’ to help you look for jobs in your area of interest. When you save a search, USAJOBS will automatically look for jobs that match the keywords and other criteria in your search. You will have the option to be emailed daily, weekly or monthly, when there are new jobs that match what you’re looking for. Once you search for a position, click ‘Save This Search’ on the search results page located on the left side of the page under the search filters.

4. How long does the process take? Will I be updated of my status?

The time it takes to receive an update on your status will depend on the agency, the number of applicants, and the closing date of the announcement. Typically, the HR specialist will review applicants and send a list of eligible candidates to the hiring manager within a week. From there, the manager will be able to schedule first and second round interviews, contact references and make a selection. You will only be notified of your status changes via email if you have “enabled notifications” in your profile.

If you have any additional questions about USAJOBS or the federal hiring process, please contact FERC’s recruitment team at work@ferc.gov

5. How do I know if my application was received by FERC?

Applicants should receive an email confirmation to indicate that their application was received. In addition, when you fully complete the application process, you will be routed back to your USAJOBS account. If you are not routed back, then you did not complete all the steps to apply for the vacancy. If you have any additional questions, you can contact the HR specialist located at the end of every vacancy announcement.


This page was last updated on September 23, 2020