The Department of Defense (DOD) employs nearly 800,000 civilians in an array of critical positions worldwide, with opportunities for people from all walks of life. If a competitive salary, great benefits, unsurpassed training, and the pride of defending our Nation interest you then your future is with us.

As a civilian in DOD, you can play an important role in the defense of our Nation and in helping support our Armed Forces. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and other Agencies in the DOD have positions in nearly 750 occupations that can offer diverse, challenging and rewarding careers.

We recognize that navigating the Federal employment process can be challenging and often confusing.  We trust this information helps you navigate career possibilities and hiring procedures more easily.

All applicants for DOD jobs must follow the same application process. The most important step in the process is your job search.  DOD job openings are described in a vacancy announcement so you must search the various DOD Agencies until you find a job vacancy. To respond to these vacancy announcements, you must submit a resume containing specific information describing your skills, experience, and education level.

Please be sure to read the vacancy announcement very carefully and follow the instructions in the "How to Apply" section of each announcement. Each vacancy announcement will include specific information such as title, duties, salary, location, who can apply, and how to apply.

It is important to submit all required information as specified on the job announcement.  Many agencies now require applicants to use their online Federal resume builders to apply.  If you do not include all required information as stated on the job announcement, your application may be rejected.

It is also important to remember a private sector resume and a Federal resume are very different.  The private sector typically uses a standard brief RESUME format while a Federal resume uses a very detailed format.  A private sector resume is often only one or two pages and contains many bullets.  A Federal resume is very narrative and often five or six pages in length.  It is written as if you are talking to a friend and telling them everything you have done and how you did it.  Also, be very specific with your outcomes and timeframes.

The Federal resume and application process is complex and requires applicants to thoroughly read the job vacancy announcement and provide detailed work, education, and special skills and qualifications information.  Your work history and education MUST include the required Duties and Specialized Experience listed in the job announcement to rate high enough on the list to be called for an interview. The format and content is critical!

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