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a reference list of major steps to help you start your job search
or visit the local FJIC to find out which application process
you should follow.
the appropriate forms from the FJIC. If you will be taking
a test, you should get the testing scheduleand the sample
test booklet. If you are applying for positions filled through
a register, make sure you get the appropriate supplemental
the FJOL if you are applying directly to a vacancy announced
by an agency. You must call the contact person listed for each
vacancy and request a copy of the vacancy announcement for that
position. The name, phone number, and job announcement number
will be given in the position listing.
fill out your SF-17 or OF-612, type or print clearly. Describe
your work experience, education, training, and accomplishments.
Create a master copy of your SF-171, leaving blank the job number
and the signature block and make several photocopies to use
when applying for jobs. You can add additional information sheets
if necessary when applying for specific jobs. Several commercial
SF-171 software programs are now available on the market to
make this process easier.
In your SF-171, address the specific "Knowledges, Skills,
and Abilities" (KSAs) outlined in the vacancy announcement.
Because KSAs are necessary for successful performance on the
job, they are used to evaluate qualified applicants. Remember
to include your volunteer work as work experience.
Mail or deliver your application to the office designated on
the vacancy announcement or information
check on the status of your application, contact the personnel
office of the hiring agency.