APPLYING FOR A FEDERAL JOB
Optional Form -- OF-510
Updated by the NHLBI, July 1997
For job information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, visit the OPM Web site or call 912-757-3000, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) automated telephone system. For job information from an OPM electronic bulletin board, use your modem to dial 912-757-3100. You can also reach the bulletin board via Telnet (FJOB.OPM.GOV) or FTP (FTP.FJOB.OPM.GOV). Specific NIH job information is available on the NIH Web site.
OPM has developed a Web page with information for people with disabilities. You can also find out about alternative formats by calling OPM or dialing the electronic bulletin board at the numbers above. Select "Federal Employment Topics" and then "People with Disabilities." If you have a hearing disability, call TDD 912-744-2299.
Review the list of openings, decide which jobs you are interested in, and follow the instructions given. You may apply for most jobs with a resume, the Optional Application for Federal Employment, or any other written format you choose. For jobs that are unique or filled through automated procedures, you will be given special forms to complete. (You can get an Optional Application by calling OPM or dialing our electronic bulletin board at the numbers above.)
Although the Federal Government does not require a standard application form for most jobs, we do need certain information to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet legal requirements for Federal employment. If your resume or application does not provide all the information reqeusted in the job vacancy announcement and in this brochure, you may lose consideration for a job. Help speed the selection process by keeping your resume or application brief and by sending only the requested material. Type or print clearly in dark ink.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MUST CONTAIN:
(in addition to specific information requested in the job vacancy announcement)
- JOB INFORMATION -
Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job you are applying for
- PERSONAL INFORMATION -
- EDUCATION -
- WORK EXPERIENCE -
Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experiences related to the job you are applying for. (Do not send job descriptions.)
- OTHER QUALIFICATIONS -
Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.
The Office of Personnel Management and other Federal agencies rate applicants for Federal jobs under the authority of sections 1104, 1302, 3301, 3304, 3320, 3361, 3393, and 3394 of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the information requested in this brochure and in the associated vacancy announcements to evaluate your qualifications. Other laws require us to ask about citizenship, military service, etc.
We request your Social Security Number (SSN) under the authority of Executive Order 9397 in order to keep your records straight; other people may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, we use your SSN to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who know you. Your SSN may also be used in studies and computer matching with other Government files, for example, files on unpaid student loans.
If you do not give us your SSN or any other information requested, we cannot process your application, which is the first step in getting a job. Also, incomplete addresses and ZIP Codes will slow processing.
We may give information from your records to: training facilitities; organziations deciding claims for retirement, insurance, unemployment or health benefits; officials in litigation or administrative proceedings where the Government is a party; law enforcement agencies concerning violations of law or regulation; Federal agencies for statistical reports and studies; officials of labor organizations recognized by law in connection with representing employees; Federal agencies or other sources requesting information for security or suitability investigations, classifying jobs, contracting, or issuing licenses, grants, or other benefits; public or private organizations including news media that grant or publicize employee recognition and awards; and the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the National Archives, the Federal Acquisition Institute, and congressional offices in connection with their official functions.
We may also give information from your records to: prospective nonfederal employers concerning tenure of employment, civil service status, length of service, and date and nature of action for separation as shown on personnel action forms of specifically identified individuals; requesting organizations or individuals concerning the home address and other relevant information on those who might have contracted an illness or been exposed to a health hazard; authorized Federal and nonfederal agencies for use in computer matching; spouses or dependent children asking whether an employee has changed from self-and-family to self-only health benefits enrollment; individuals working on a contract, service, grant, cooperative agreement or job for the Federal Government; non-agency members of an agency's performance or other panel; and agency-appointed representatives of employees concerning information issued to an employee about fitness-for-duty or agency-filed disability retirement procedures.
We estimate the public burden for reporting the employment information will vary from 20 to 240 minutes with an average of 40 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering data, and completing and reviewing the information. You may send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of the collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Reports and Forms Management Officer, Washington, DC 20415-0001.
Send your application to the agency announcing the vacancy.