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How to Apply

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to hiring a highly talented, dedicated, and diverse workforce. Review the information and helpful tips below to start your job search and application.

Most jobs at the Department can be found on USAJOBS. You can start your job search by entering a keyword or location and narrow your search by salary, work schedule, and more.

USAJOBS provides and an excellent summary of the federal application process, including how to search for jobs and prepare an application. You can also save a search and set up notifications when new jobs are posted that match your search criteria.

While the process may be similar to that in private industry, there are significant differences in laws, executive orders, and regulations that govern federal employment. Learn more about the information included in job announcement overview and the types of appointments available for federal job opportunities. USAJOBS also provides a glossary to help you understand the terminology used across the platform. 

Creating a federal resume that brings your qualifications to life and shows that you are a perfect fit for the job can be a challenge. Be sure to demonstrate how your skills, experience, training and education match the employer’s needs. Avoid misspelled words and bad grammar.

Review guidance from USAJOBS about how to start building your own federal resume.

The skills and training veterans acquired while serving the country is often well suited for jobs at the Department. Visit our Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Opportunities page to learn more about ways to transition your military experience to a career with the Department.

FedsHireVets is an excellent resource for veterans who want to learn more about applying to federal jobs?

Last Updated: 04/29/2022
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