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  • Generally, applicants for most Federal jobs must be (1) at least 18 years old, or (2) at least 16 years old and: • Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or • Have completed a formal vocational training program; or • Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or • Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program. Some positions, like those in law enforcement have a maximum entry age and the age may vary from agency to agency but generally falls within the range 34 yrs to 37 yrs.  Please review the job opportunity announcement or call the agency directly to find out specific information about the job of interest to you.  What does status candidate means?
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  • Searching for job opportunities on USAJOBS® is very easy.  To search for jobs, select “Search Jobs” from the USAJOBS home page or go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov At the job search page, you can:   1) Search Jobs by "Location", "Job Category", "Salary range", "Pay Grade", and/or 'Search Keyword'; or 2) Select a more refined search from the specialty search options at the top of the page including "Agency", "Series", "Senior Executive" or "Advanced". If you are looking for a particular position, use the "Keyword Search" box to indicate the specific position or location of interest  Additional tips for keyword searching can be found at:  http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/help/index.asp?ma=keyword_tips.
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  • The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that agencies are responsible for evaluating and providing status to applicants at four points which are:   Application Received Application Assessed Applicant Referred or Not Referred to Selection Official Applicant Selected or Not Selected   Although each agency is different, generally, you will hear from the hiring agency in about 15-30 days after the job opportunity announcement (JOA) closes.  If you have not heard from the agency, you should contact the agency that posted the JOA to inquire about the status of your application. You may also go to "My Account" to view your application history.  The contact information for each announcement is listed in the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu on the right hand side of the JOA.  If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance or feel free to click on Contact Us.  
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  • Work with your agency training office. FEI terminates acceptance of nominations or substitutions four weeks prior to each Leadership for a Democratic Society session. The Institute does not refund charges if agencies cancel attendance or fail to fill purchased slots. Your training staff can work with Terry Stotts (434-980-6232, terry.stotts2@opm.gov) to explore options. FEI cannot refund your tuition for an interagency course if  you cancel within two weeks of the course start date. Your agency is responsible for sending a qualified substitute in your place. Please notify the Customer Service Office (304.870.8008,register@opm.gov) of any issues regarding attendance as early as possible.
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  •   If you have questions regarding a position to which you are applying or to find out the status of your application, please speak to the point-of-contact listed for each job opportunity announcement  (JOA).  The contact information can be found at the lower portion of the JOA and also on the floating menu located on the right hand side.  If the JOA has closed and no longer appears on the USAJOBS® website, you can contact the human resources office of the hiring agency for additional information and assistance. If you are looking for a way to contact the agency headquarters, please visit http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml.
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  • There must be a job opportunity announcement (JOA) in order to apply for a Federal job.  A Federal application consists of submitting a resume, usually completing an assessment and may require additional information such as: transcripts, SF-50s from government employees and/or DD 214.   Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind while applying for jobs: 1. Find a job opportunity announcement that matches your skills and interests by using the search jobs function (http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/). · Search by occupation, agency name, location, announcement number · Click Search for Jobs   2. After finding a job of interest, it is very important that you carefully review the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of the job opportunity announcement to see if you qualify for the job.   3. After you carefully review the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section, review the How to Apply" section of the job opportunity announcement. When applicants do not follow the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section of the job opportunity announcement, the application will be considered incomplete and they are not considered for the job.   4. After following these initial steps, you are now ready to apply for a Federal government job. Additional Information:   When you apply for a position, we recommend that you print out the job opportunity announcement, so that you will have the information to refer to when checking on your status after the closing date. When an agency's job opportunity announcement is closed, it is removed from USAJOBS®. We do not provide copies of closed job opportunity announcements. You can also save the job opportunity announcement as an HTML Web page. To save, you must view the job opportunity announcement on your screen. Then, go to "File", "Save As", select "Web Page, complete" and click "Save".   You can also log into "My Account" and create a "Saved Search" that will notify you by email when jobs meeting your qualifications have been added to the system.   For more information, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/firsttimevisitors.asp to learn about Employment Information, Federal Hiring Processes, and how to assess your skills and interests to match potential career opportunities.
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