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Federal Employment Online Resources and Websites

By Diane Hudson Burns

The federal government offers many links to seek open vacancy announcements, post resumes, and track applications. Many agencies use the same federal resume builders; others use specific to their agency resume builders. Review the following list and check out the opportunities available at these different online sites:

Employment Sites and Resume Builders for Various Agencies

Army Resumix - (Civilian Personnel Online / (CPOL) including Europe; 20,000 characters total)

AVUE - (Resume Builder / 4,000 characters per employment block)

Navy / Chart Resume Builder (7,500 characters per employment block)

QuickHire is a resume builder application for certain federal agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Land Management and others (Resume Builder / Online Application System for various agencies)

USAJOBS is the Federal government’s official employment website and now links to uploaded the resume to many agencies including Air Force, NRC, and many others: (Resume Builder / 3,000 characters per employment block / houses 5 resumes including an SES version with ECQs)

Resume Documents Management System and Self-Assessment Questions with Essays:

Application Manager

Performance System

National Security Personnel System (NSPS)

NSPS 101:

Understanding Senior Executive Service (Above GS-15):

Specialized Sites (Search for Jobs and Post Resumes)

TARP Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, US Department of the Treasury, Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

Defense Intelligence Agency

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Student Jobs (Check this site out for entry-level positions)

General Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics site with detailed information on employment and industry trends. Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Guide to Industries (included in the BLS site above)

Office of Personnel Management

Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards - Job Grading

Government Forms

Program for Baby Boomers

Partnership for Public Service and IBM Team to Steer Baby Boomers to Mission Critical Government Jobs
See Press Release

Presidential Appointments

The Prune Book (Presidential appointments) (Overview)

Plum Book: The Plum Book is published by the U.S. Congress to facilitate the process of all presidential appointments

Pay Schedules

General Schedule Pay Tables

National Security Personnel System (NSPS) Pay Tables


Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance


Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program