GOVERNMENT JOB APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Air Force Civilian Service
To learn about Air Force Civilian Service jobs go to
AFCS Intelligence Jobs
In today's world, information is often the most valuable commodity of all. Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) intelligence officers support combat operations by performing and overseeing the analysis and merging of collected intelligence. Civilian Intelligence officers participate in all phases of intelligence operations to include Collection, Training, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (CTPED).
Intelligence gathering, management, and exploitation takes many forms. As an AFCS intelligence officer, your responsibilities will include exchanging and collecting intelligence with other services, agencies, and governments and analyzing data to advice planners of options to accomplish objectives. Your ability to collect and evaluate complex information and communicate your findings in a meaningful way will have a major impact on the success of our mission.
How to Apply
Step 1—Find a Job Opening with AFCS
There are number of ways to search for jobs with AFCS. We recommend starting here with our proprietary Job Match Machine. By selecting various skills you possess from your educational background, prior job experience, or aptitudes, we will provide you with a list of AFCS occupations that may be of interest to you...possibly including careers you may not have considered before.
Step 2—Create an Account in USAJOBS
When you are ready to apply for an AFCS job, you will be transferred to USAJOBS.gov, the Federal government's official career website, which you will use to apply for all AFCS openings.
Creating an account with USAJOBS is free and is necessary in order to apply for an AFCS job. The registration process involves providing basic information including your name, address, phone number, and email address and creating a username and password.
At this point, it is helpful to have a resume or chronological job history in front of you. Once you have created a USAJOBS account, you will use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to create one or more resumes foruse in applying for AFCS jobs. USAJOBS Resume Builder was created to make sure that all applicants' resumes appear in a consistent and uniform format, but you can tailor the content of your resume to the particular position you are pursuing.
For instance, if you have worked in both engineering and information technology (IT), you could create one resume focusing on your engineering experience and another emphasizing your IT expertise. You can create up to five resumes, all within the same account.
Step 3—Complete the Online Application
Once you've found a job announcement you want to apply for, click the “Apply Online” button.
Applications may be submitted online or faxed, and any required supporting documentation must be uploaded or faxed.
The apply online portion of the job application consists of three parts:
A. Build/Select Your Resume and Additional Documents. To apply for a vacancy, you must select a resume from your USAJOBS account. AFCS only accepts resumes that were created using the USAJOBS resume builder.
B. Answer Online Questions. Applicants for most jobs will need to complete the AFCS on-line assessment questionnaire, which will be a series of technical questions that you will need to respond to recalling your education, experience, and training as they relate to the job.
C. Submit Supporting Documentation for Your Application. Most people are required to provide some additional documents as part of the online application process. A "Vacancy Documents" section will list the various types of documentation that may or must be submitted. Re-read the job announcement and determine which documents apply to you and follow the instructions to complete this process. These documents can include: college transcripts, training documents, Federal standard forms, licenses, and certificates. Applicants anticipating special consideration must also submit the following:
For additional information on this subject please review the "Civilian Employment Guide."
Army Civilian Service
Army Civilian Career Intern Program
To learn about the Army Civilian Career Intern Program go to:
Army Civilian Service
To learn about Army Civilian Service jobs go to:
Over the next two years, the Army will transition from one automated recruitment tool (Resume Builder) to another (USAJOBS) for advertising vacant positions, accepting applications from job seekers, and evaluating the job seeker’s eligibility and qualifications. During this period of transition, each job announcement will have instructions to guide job seekers through theapplication process for the specified recruitment tool.
It is recommended that you create a resume in both recruitment tools—Resume Builder and USAJOBS—at the beginning of your job search. Once your resume is on file, you can easily apply for jobs from the job announcement. The job announcement will provide guidance on which system will be used to submit your resume. You may update your resume at any time. However, it is important to remember that under the Resume Builder only the latest resume will be active.
Both systems provide easy, real-time access to information on the status of your application. In the Resume Builder click on “Go to Answer” then “Status Tracking.” In USAJOBS, login to My Account then click “Application Status.”
Central Intelligence Agency
The first step in the application process will be to create an account. You will be asked for some basic identifying information. Once your account is created you will have 3 days to complete and submit your application. At the end of 3 days, whether you submit your application or not, your account will be disabled!
Go to https://www.cia.gov/ehl/start.do to create an account.
First, you will be asked to search for positions by “Category” and “Job.” The information included in this section should mirror the basic information you saw when researching the View All Career Opportunities page.
Apply for the position(s) for which you meet the minimum qualifications, and have a serious interest in obtaining employment. You may apply for up to four (4) positions. A recruiter will review your application and skills, and if an appropriate position is identified you will be contacted.
Applying for additional positions for which you are not qualified, or have no interest in will only delay the assessment of your application, and will not improve your chances of being offered a position.
Once you have selected the position(s) you wish to seek, you can begin the “Application Package.” The package is lengthy and includes completing three separate forms requesting detailed information about yourself.
(Note: if you select additional positions after you begin the application package, you will need to return to the “Expertise” section of the application, as additional information may need to be provided.)
The Application requires you to provide information about your:
Expertise: experiences (including years); knowledge, skills, and abilities; majors and concentrations
Work History (current & previous employment)
Certifications and Licenses
Foreign Area Knowledge
Languages and Proficiency Levels
Attachments: resumes; transcripts; writing Samples (review the position descriptions with the job search carefully, some positions request that you provide a writing sample.)
Personnel Evaluation Form
You will be asked to complete our "Personnel Evaluation Form (PEF)." This form includes information about:
Selective Service (if applicable)
Military Discharges/Disciplinary Proceedings
Drug Use & Activity
Violations of Law
Delinquent Federal Debt
Peace Corps Employment/Association
There is an optional “Qualifications Supplement. “Electing to “Decline” the “Qualifications Supplement” will not negatively impact your application. Should you decide to complete the “Qualifications Supplement,” review all portions in advance, since this form requires that you write an essay of approximately 500 words, along with other questions that require detailed answers. In some cases, you may be asked to complete this form at a later date in your processing.
To learn about Coast Guard civilian jobs go to http://www.uscg.mil/civilian/
“Intelligence Analyst” is one of the Administrative Career Paths.
To apply for Coast Guard civilian jobs go to
Defense Intelligence Agency
For best results, use Internet Explorer to prepare your application.
The application package you build online will contain:
Your resume (built on-line)
Your responses to the Mandatory and Highly-desired Assessment Factors
Any required attachments
Rules for all to follow when working in DIA’s employment sites
Use TAB, rather than ENTER, to move from one field to another.
DO NOT use the BACK button/arrow. Instead use the links on the page to move to a previous screen.
Save your work often—the system times-out if you have not moved from one field to another for a period of 30 minutes.
How to Apply
Go to http://www.dia.mil/
Under the “CAREERS” tab click “Vacancies,” or click “Search & Apply for Jobs” in the right column.
Click “View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA Jobs.”
You will be asked of you are a current DIA civilian employee.
The first time you visit our site, you’ll need to create an account with your e-mail address and password.
To receive e-mail messages about your application be sure to enter your e-mail address for the network on which you are applying.
You will be able to access your application only on the network on which you prepared it.
Click the “Take a look at our job postings and hiring events, then apply for jobs!” link.
You can search for jobs by occupational group, location, keyword, vacancy announcement number, salary, or band/pay grade.
Each vacancy announcement will have the following tabs:
“Additional Job Requirements”
“Conditions of Employment”
“How Do I Apply?”
“Privacy Act Statement”
Click “Add Job to Basket” to add a vacancy announcement to your “Job Basket.” For each vacancy announcement you can choose to start your application, delete the job from your basket, or leave the job there to start another time.
The application process will involve putting information into each of sixteen sections. The information that you enter will merge to create your application package.
At the bottom of each page, you can choose to:
“Save Draft and Exit”
“Save Draft and Continue”
Click “Submit” to send your application to us.
(Note: You may submit only one application to any one announcement per day. If you find an error and need to re-submit you’ll have to wait until the next day.)
How will you know the status of your application? We will send an e-mail message to you:
When we receive your application
When your application is being referred for further consideration
If we are no longer considering your application
If the vacancy announcement is cancelled
Need help with the on-line application process?
Phone: (703) 699-7400
Department of Energy, Office of Intelligence and Counterterrorism (OICI)
OICI informs U.S. national security policy by collecting and analyzing information in the fields of nuclear terrorism, counterintelligence, cyber threats, nuclear proliferation, strategic surprise, and energy and environmental security.
DOE's nationwide complex of laboratories and plants is a vital resource for addressing national security challenges both within DOE and beyond. DOE's intelligence network specializes in longer-term, strategic perspectives on some of the most challenging issues facing the U.S. today. Our distinctive trademark is the combination of that strategic horizon with the ability to leverage the Department's technological excellence, and a commitment to challenge analytic conventions, work hard problems, and anticipate the future.
To apply for Department of Energy jobs go to http://www.energy.gov/jobs/jobs
Search for “Intelligence Analyst / Specialist”
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
I&A is a member of the national Intelligence Community (IC) and ensures that information related to homeland security threats is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to the full spectrum of homeland security customers in the Department, at state, local, and tribal levels, in the private sector, and in the IC.
I&A works closely with Department component intelligence organizations as well as state, local, tribal, and private-sector entities to ensure non-traditional streams of information are fused with traditional IC sources to provide a complete assessment of threats to the nation.
The Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, in the capacity of Chief Intelligence Officer (CINT), implements a mandate to integrate the Department’s intelligence components and functions—the DHS Intelligence Enterprise (IE)—by driving a common intelligence mission.
The Department IE comprises I&A and the intelligence elements of:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
I&A is also the Executive Agent for the Department's Fusion Center Program. The Under Secretary leads several additional activities for the Department, such as information sharing, stewardship of National Security Systems, and management of classified information systems security.
How to Apply
1. Find the Right Job for You. Use our Job Finder to search for current openings on USAJOBS. You can search by job skill, component, or state.
2. Read the Job Announcement. The announcement will provide you with information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements. Here you will be able to determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a good candidate for the job. (Note: most Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and successful completion of a full background investigation and drug screening.)
3. Apply for the Job. Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each USAJOBS announcement (upper right tab). Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions, forms, and format that must be addressed and used to capture your qualifications for the job. Submit all required documents and pay close attention to the application due date and application procedures, which will vary by job and the Department component. To post your resume online, apply to certain federal jobs, check on the status of your application, and receive automated job alerts, you must create a USAJOBS member account.
4. Interview for the Job. The names of best-qualified candidates will be forwarded to the supervisor or hiring official. If you are one of the best-qualified candidates, the supervisor or hiring official may interview you in person or by telephone, or in rare cases may hire you based solely on your application materials.
Department of State
The U.S. Department of State employs adventurous, adaptable, well-rounded strategic problem-solvers, from diverse educational, geographic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, who want to make a contribution to our global society. If you have the desire to live and work in any country in the world, including those with unstable governments or infrastructures—or both—and have the ability to integrate into culturally diverse environments, we have an opportunity for you.
Successful employees are strategic thinkers who are culturally aware, well-rounded, and agile and who possess a mix of business savvy, exceptional communications, organizational and negotiation skills and analytical and problem-solving abilities.
These U.S. citizens comprise the Foreign and Civil Services, in which there are over 30 different career paths from which to choose:
Foreign Service Officers (http://careers.state.gov/officer)
Foreign Service Specialists (http://careers.state.gov/specialist)
International Information and English Language Programs
Medical and Health
Civil Service (http://careers.state.gov/civil-service2)
General Accounting and Administration
Passport Visa Services
Information Technology Management
To apply for Department of State jobs go to http://www.state.gov/careers/
(see “USAJOBS” section below for instructions).
Department of the Treasury, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)
TFI marshals the department's intelligence and enforcement functions with the twin aims of safeguarding the financial system against illicit use and combating rogue nations, terrorist facilitators, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferators, money launderers, drug kingpins, and other national security threats.
To apply for Department of Treasury jobs go to
Drug Enforcement Administration
DEA Employment Requirements
All applicants must meet the certain conditions of employment to be eligible for employment at DEA:
Successfully passing a DEA-administered drug test for illegal drugs
Completion of a DEA Drug Questionnaire to show compliance with the DEA Drug Policy (See DEA Drug Policy for more information)
Successfully passing a Background Investigation
Registration with the Selective Service System, if male and born after 12/31/1959
All of these requirements are thoroughly reviewed during the employment screening process. Please ensure that you meet all of these requirements before applying for a position with DEA.
Budget Analysts, Program Analysts and Management Analysts
Intelligence Research Specialist
Professional and Administrative Career Opportunities
To apply for DEA jobs go to http://www.dea.gov/careers/how-to-apply.shtml
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI has two primary career paths:
Applied Science, Engineering & Technology
Investigative Support & Surveillance
Other Career Opportunities
To apply for FBI jobs go to https://www.fbijobs.gov/index.asp (see “USAJOBS” section below for instructions).
Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
MCIA employs civilians in the following functional areas:
General Military Intelligence, Global and Regional Analysis – MCIA develops the Country Handbooks, Marine Forces of the World, Police Forces of the World, and maintains regional awareness to provide intelligence support to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, his staff, and the supporting establishment. MCIA also provides mid-range threat intelligence estimates, urban warfare studies, denial and deception studies, and information operations products.
Geospatial Analysis – Geospatial analysts provide tailored topographic products to the Fleet Marine Forces to include terrain classifications, hydrographic studies, cross country mobility studies, line of sight products, and interactive video fly-through. MCIA uses state-of-the-art geographic information systems in a lab environment for product development and experimentation to meet future Marine Corps requirements.
Imagery Analysis – MCIA provides imagery support to Department of Defense Intelligence Production Program requirements. Imagery analysts meet needs for imagery to be incorporated into other MCIA products such as non-combatant evacuation operations worldwide products. MCIA imagery analysts also work closely with geospatial analysts and general military intelligence analysts to create integrated products for fleet Marine customers.
Science and Technology – MCIA provides scientific and technical intelligence support to Marine Corps Acquisitions and Marine Corps Foreign Materiel Acquisition and Exploitation. This analysis covers a broad range from non-lethal weapons technology, and very shallow water mines to armor and anti-armor technologies, and Information Operations threats.
Information Technology – MCIA Technical Services Branch provides full service IT support to the command including installation and maintenance of servers and computers, maintenance of imagery dissemination elements, and unclassified, secret and top secret networks.
Support – MCIA also employs specialists in the following support areas: administrative, installation and logistics, resource management, operations, editing and graphics, and librarians.
How to Apply
This year the Department of the Navy transitions from the CHART tool to USAJOBS for managing online applications.
During the transition, applicants should begin using and familiarizing themselves with the USAJOBS tool, the first stop to locating federal civilian vacancies, including Navy and Marine Corps job announcements.
When using USAJOBS, follow the "How to Apply" instructions located in the job announcement directions. (Note: the "Apply Now" button on each vacancy announcement will direct applicants to the appropriate site (CHART or USAJOBS) to apply for that vacancy.)
Until the transition is complete, and we expect that to be done this year, we recommend that you continue to keep a resume in CHART as well as USAJOBS.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Contract Specialists (DAWIA)
Counterintelligence (CI) Officers
Enterprise Account Managers
Geospatial Data Stewards
Geospatial Intelligence Analysts
Imagery Intelligence Analysts
Information Assurance Officers
Open Source Analysts
Program Management Execution Officers (non-DAWIA)
Regional Source Analysts
Scientific and Technical Program Managers
Source Strategies Analysts
How to Apply
1. Go to https://www1.nga.mil/NGAJobs/Pages/ApplicationProcess.aspx#apply.
2. In the left column, click “Current Openings.”
3. Review the list of current job opening announcements and their descriptions and apply to announcements for which you qualify. You must submit your application before the closing date listed. New job opening announcements are posted every Monday.
4. You must register in order to apply for a position. Click “Register Now” and fill in all requested information. Once you have registered, you can select a Job Title from the list of Current Openings, and then click “Apply Now.”
5. Check the box to indicate that you are a U.S. citizen, and click “Copy and paste resume text.” Click “Continue Application.”
6. A warning message will pop up explaining that if you are inactive for 30 minutes on any of the following online pages, the system will time out and your data will not be saved. Click “OK.”
7. Enter your resume text. It is highly encouraged that you write your resume in a word processing software program in advance, then copy and paste it into the resume field. Click “Continue Application.”
8. Enter your profile information as requested, and then click “Continue.”
9. Optional: enter Cover Letter text then click “Next.” (This is optional and is not required for employment consideration at NGA, but it is a good opportunity to highlight your skills and demonstrate the value you would bring to the agency).
10. Select your Security Clearance level and/or Veterans Preference from the drop-down menu (only if applicable – these are not required to apply). Click “Next.”
11. Enter education and language information and click “Next.”
12. Enter your Other Information and preferences as requested, and click “Next.”
13. Enter referral information to help us learn about how you found out about NGA. This data helps us determine the effectiveness of our recruitment strategy.
14. Before you submit your job application, make sure you thoroughly review it to ensure your package is complete. Some job opening announcements may require the submission of additional application materials, so please read each announcement in its entirety and follow up accordingly.
15. Click “Finalize Application” to submit your completed application. You will receive an e-mail confirming submission. If you do not receive an e-mail, your application was not successfully submitted.
National Security Agency
Installation & Logistics
To apply for NSA jobs go to https://www.nsa.gov/psp/applyonline/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1.
Navy Intelligence (see “Marine Corps Intelligence Activity” section above)
Establish an Account
On the USAJOBS Web site, select “MY USAJOBS” and click “Create Your Account Now.”
You will be prompted to provide contact information, establish user access information, and indicate your citizenship and veteran preference information.
After entering this data, your personal page will be created. Here, you can choose to create a new resume or set up email notification agents to alert you to new positions posted to USAJOBS.
Create and Store a Resume
To add a resume on USAJOBS, use the resume builder provided. There are four steps:
Resumes created on USAJOBS are saved and can be used to apply for any vacancy within the federal government. You can store up to five resumes on USAJOBS.
Create a Job Search Agent and Email Notification
In USAJOBS, you can create up to 10 search agents and receive e-mail notification of new job postings that match your search criteria.
Apply for Jobs
With your USAJOBS account and at least one resume, you are able to apply for new positions.
When you find a job of interest, simply login to USAJOBS and follow the instructions provided in the vacancy announcement to complete the application process.
For more information about the application process, go online to https://www.usajobs.gov/