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    To edit your resume, follow these steps:

    1.  Click My Account.
    2.  Log-in.  
    3.  In the My Resumes section, click the Edit link below the resume in the
         list. This will bring you to the first section of your resume with your
         contact information.
    4.  On the tabs at the top, click the appropriate section of the resume that
         you wish to edit.
    5.  Make the desired changes and double check that all of the required
         information (*) is completed. 
    6.  Click save.
    This will move you onto the next section of the resume

    If further assistance is needed, click USAJOBS Support

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    Time in grade is a requirement for a specified amount of time that an employee must spend in a grade before they are eligible for promotion (5 CFR 300.604).  














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  • When you leave the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) you are granted a one-year period to be non-competitively appointed to a normally competitive Federal position. The hiring agency may extend the non-competitive eligibility period for 2 additional years to a total of 3 years if the individual, after the qualifying service, is in the military service; is studying at a recognized institution of higher learning; or has been involved in another activity which, in the agency's view, warrants an extension. This eligibility does not entitle volunteers to a Federal position.

    Upon completing service with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA, you are provided a certification of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs. Former volunteers should note their Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA service in their résumé and provide the Description of Service as an attachment.


     

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  • A Federal agency cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant with respect to the terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor that is not related to job performance. Discrimination on these bases is prohibited by one or more of the following statutes: 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(1), (b)(10); 29 U.S.C. 206(d); 29 U.S.C. 633a; 29 U.S.C. 791; and 42 U.S.C. 200e-16.

    If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability, you must contact an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) counselor within 45 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory action, or, in the case of a personnel action, within 45 calendar days of the effective date of the action, before you can file a formal complaint of discrimination with your agency. See, e.g. 29 CFR 1614.

    If you believe that you have been the victim of unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, you must either contact an EEO counselor as noted above or give notice of intent to sue to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. For further information, check the EEOC's website at www.eeoc.gov.

    If you are alleging discrimination based on marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor that is not related to job performance, you may file a written complaint with the United States Office of Special Counsel (www.osc.gov).

    In the alternative, you may pursue a discrimination complaint by filing a grievance through your agency's administrative or negotiated grievance procedures, if such procedures apply and are available.

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  • The following are general rules:

    • One can qualify for jobs at the GS-2 level with a high school diploma or as little as 3-months of general work experience. At GS-3 and GS-4 grade levels, more months of general experience is required. Starting at the GS-5 grade level, jobs generally require 1 year of specialized experience to qualify which may include specific job-related work experience, education, medical or physical standards, training, security, and/or licensure.
    • A degree but no specialized experience in a career field, makes one eligible for appointment at the GS-5 grade level. If you maintained at least a B average; were in the upper third of your college, university or major subdivision; or are a member of a national scholastic honor society recognized by the Association of College Honors Societies, you can start out at the GS-7 grade level.)
    • To qualify for jobs at the GS-7 and higher grade levels, background must include experience closely related to the work to be performed in the job for which you are applying.
    • One can qualify for GS-9 positions on the basis of a master’s degree, and for GS-11 positions on the basis of a doctorate.

    For more information on Qualifications, please visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/



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    Rating is a comparison of a candidate’s experience or education against OPM requirements to determine if the candidate is minimally qualified for a series or occupation.

    Ranking is a comparison of candidate’s experience and/or education against specifically determined factors, for the purpose of determining which is best qualified for a specific job.

    For more information, visit:  http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/competitive-hiring/#url=Category-Rating

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  • Federal agencies may only employ United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) in the competitive service. However, Federal agencies may request OPM approval to appoint a non-citizen, if no qualified U.S. citizens are available.

    An agency may hire a qualified non-citizen into the Excepted Service or Senior Executive Service , if it is permitted to do so by the annual Appropriations Act and the immigration law and the agency’s specific laws and internal policies.

    For additional information on Appropriations Act restrictions and immigration law as it pertains to Federal employment, please view the Fact Sheet on the Employment of non-citizens.
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  • A term appointment is an appointment lasting more than one year but less than four years, with a specific expiration date. Reasons for utilizing a term appointment include:

    • project work;
    • extraordinary workload;
    • scheduled abolishment of a position;
    • reorganization;
    • uncertainty of future funding;
    • contracting out of the function.
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  • When a veteran applies for veterans’ preference, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can produce an official letter certifying the information that is requested if the letter needs to indicate that service-connected disability is required. The preference selected (SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) determines what type of certification letter is needed. To obtain a veteran's preference letter from the VA, you should contact your local VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000 or contact them by visiting their website: http://www.va.gov.  
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  • Special non-competitive appointing authorities are established by law or Executive Order.  Veterans, persons with disabilities, many current and former Federal employees, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals eligible for noncompetitive appointment. For more information click Hiring Authorities.

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