How to find Government Jobs

The Biggest Interview Mistakes


USA JOBS Web Site -

Pathways Program -

  • Recent Civilian Grads are eligible for 2 years after graduation
  • Vets are eligible for 6 years after graduation


  • Start an account
  • Use job titles, key word, geographic location, or pay scale
  • Sign up for daily email notifications
    • Posting agency can remove job when they get max number of applicants


  • Can save up to 5 resumes in your account
  • Previous Federal experience is a plus (Wildland Firefighter counts)
  • Tailor your resume to the job. Use key words and phrases from the job description in your bullets
  • 5-7 pages is reasonable length (1 inch margin 11-12 font size)
  • Include all information requested by the posting agency
  • Using the resume builder is acceptable
  • Cover letters are not as important as your resume, but provide all documents requested

Salary and Pay Range Search

  • GS-5 to GS-7 generally require Bachelor level education (high GPA can move you up)
  • GS-9-11 requires a Master’s Degree or required years of experience at the next lower level
  • GS-12/13+ requires one year specialized experience at the next lower level

Questionnaire Section

  • If you find you are between scores, go with the higher number and support the desired skills in your resume


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service-Northern Region

Office of Personnel and Management website


Hiring Process

May take up to 6 months to be notified and up to 90 days to be officially hired

Schedule a Hiring Authority

  • Vets and disabled (No contest hiring authority)
  • Rule of three- Vets
    • 5 or 10 points for Vet of family member
    • Added to score based on questionnaire