How to Apply

How to Apply

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to hiring a highly talented, dedicated, and diverse workforce. Additional information and helpful tips are provided below to assist applicants throughout their job search.

Application Process

Review the Tips for Writing a Federal Resume provided by USAJOBS to learn how to properly format your resume for submission with your application.

Applications go through multiple levels of review. Human Resources Specialists screen applications to determine whether basic eligibility requirements are met for the position and rate applications according to the additional qualifications listed in the job announcement. If your application rates among the best qualified, it will be forwarded to the hiring manager who will make the final selection. For more information on the application process, visit the USAJOBS Help Center.

For questions about a position, or to find out the status of your application, contact the agency contact listed under the How to Apply section on the job announcement. For more information about the hiring and selection process, please contact your servicing human resources office.

The names of best-qualified candidates will be forwarded to the supervisor or hiring official. If you are among the best-qualified candidates, the supervisor or hiring official may interview you in person or by telephone, or in rare cases may hire you based solely on your application materials. Selection procedures are subject to Federal Civil Service laws, which ensures that all applicants receive fair and equal treatment in the hiring process. Interviews are designed to measure a variety of competencies important to performance on the job. Interviews may include scenario-based questions that measure selected competencies (e.g., Leading Others, Team Building, Performance and Results Management, Decision-Making and Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Technical Questions).

Information for Veterans

DHS provides employment opportunities to veterans, service members, as well as their spouses and family members. Visit our Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Opportunities page or the Veterans page on USAJOBS for more information.

Feds Hire Vets is a dedicated website for veterans seeking Federal employment and provides a virtual classroom for those seeking educational and training resources.

Ready to Apply?

To search and apply for available DHS opportunities:

  1. Visit USAJOBS and create a profile
  2. Search for Jobs
  3. Review Job Opportunity Announcements
  4. Prepare your application
  5. Submit your application to agency


If you have questions that have not been covered here, please review the Frequently Asked Questions section on USAJOBS.

The Department of Homeland Security is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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