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Applying for Jobs
I would like to send you my application via email. Can you put it into the job Iím interested in?

No, we cannot accept resumes via email. In order to apply for jobs in the FCC you must login to FCCJobs search for vacancies that you are interested in, and apply online. You can also search for vacancies using USAJobs, where you can search by agency, location, series, or other search criteria.

If the system only accepts online applications, how do I send my transcripts, SF-50, Veterans Preference Documents or CTAP/ICTAP documents?

All supplemental documents referred to in the vacancy must be received by midnight Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement. This includes transcripts, performance appraisals, SF-50s, Veterans Preference and CTAP/ICTAP documents. All documents can be faxed to 1-888-555-1212. To assure timely receipt, please indicate the announcement number of each supplemental document.

Are college transcripts required?

For occupations with specific coursework required, college transcripts will be required and requested from individuals under consideration for selection. They will be used to verify your qualifications for specific positions and grade levels to which you are applying, and your eligibility for special rates or special appointing authorities based on superior academic achievement or Outstanding Scholar qualifications. The vacancy announcement for which you apply will indicate at what point transcripts will be required.

Where do I enter my KASOCs (Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Other Characteristics)?

There are no KASOCs for FCC positions advertised through FCCJobs. You are rated and referred based on your responses to the vacancy-specific questions as supported by information in your resume. The vacancy-specific questions used in FCCJobs are derived from KASOCs defined by the selecting official in consultation with a HR specialist, and have been validated by FCC subject-matter experts as appropriate for the FCC job vacancies in FCCJobs.

Do I have to answer questions for every job I apply for? Some of them have the same questions but different job numbers.

You must answer two sets of questions when applying for a job in FCCJobs:

  1. The personal information questions. These questions cover your basic information and include your name, resume, and demographic information. You only have to answer these questions one time, although you can change your answers at any time if you wish.
  2. The job-specific questions. These are the questions that are in the vacancy announcement itself, and are used to establish your qualifications for a particular job. You must answer these questions for every vacancy you are applying for.

What if I don't answer the vacancy-specific questions?

If the announcement closes and you have not provided answers to the vacancy-specific questions, you will not be considered for the vacancy that you applied for. You must input your resume into your FCCJobs account and answer the questions in the vacancy announcement you are applying to in order to be considered.

The job I applied for had narrative questions in it that I had to answer online without formatting or spell check.

The system does not allow for special formatting or spell check in narrative responses at this time. Text in these responses is free-form, and not rated by the system, but is reviewed by the HR Specialist and selecting official. The only suggestion we can make is to print out a copy of your responses so that you know what is being asked and can review your answer, and then go back in and revise your answer as necessary. Make sure that you make any changes prior to midnight, Eastern Time, of the closing date of the announcement. We have requested that selecting officials limit their use of narrative questions so that applicants are not spending long periods of time applying online. We are aware that some applicants are using public computers where their online time is limited.

Is there any way I can see which positions I have applied for? Can I find out the status of these vacancies?

In order to keep track of the vacancies you have applied to you should elect to receive an email confirmation of your application when you apply for jobs in FCCJobs. Keep this as a record of your application and save it. You should also print out a copy of the vacancy announcement itself, or at a minimum note the name, telephone number, and email address of the HR Specialist listed as the contact person. If you have any questions about your application or the status of the vacancy, please direct your question to the HR Specialist in charge of your vacancy. Make sure you tell the HR Specialist the job number AND the job title so they will know which vacancy you are referring to.

Whenever I submit my application I get a "violation of primary or unique key constraint" error. What's wrong?

This error occurs whenever you fill out your application, press "Submit," and then immediately press the "Back" button and try to make changes to your application. When you use the "back" button on this screen, the system thinks you are trying to submit a new application to a job you've already applied to. Instead of using "Back" you should bring up the vacancy questions by clicking on the vacancy number from a vacancy listing page, or you can relogin and pull up the vacancy. The application you see will be pre-filled in with your previous answers and you will be able to successfully update them without error.

Do I have to submit an OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment?

If you are selected for a position you will be required to submit and sign a completed OF-306.

Who must submit a SF-50?

If you are, or have been, a Federal employee, please submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50 (other than an award). If you do not or have never worked in the federal government you do not need to submit a SF-50.

Who must submit a DD-214 or SF-15?

Any veteran claiming veteransí preference must submit their DD-214 or SF-15. SF-15s should be submitted along with a VA letter dated within the last 12 months certifying your disability OR official document issued by the Armed Forces documenting the award of a Purple Heart.

If you have never been in the military you do not need to submit a DD-214 or SF-15.

What supporting documentation must prior or current Federal employees submit?

Current or prior Federal employees must submit a copy of his/her last Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (other than an award) and a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal.

Do I need to submit transcripts?

If you are using education to qualify for this position or if certain coursework and/or education are required by the vacancy, you must submit a copy of your transcripts. You can submit an unofficial copy of your transcript; however, if selected, you may be required to submit an official transcript at the time of appointment.

What supporting documentation must CTAP/ICTAP eligibles submit?

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice; a copy of his/her last Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 noting current position, grade levels, and duty location; and their most recent annual performance appraisal.

What supporting documentation must individuals with Special Hiring Authority eligibility submit?

Individuals applying for appointment under a special hiring authority must submit proof of eligibility for the special hiring authority.

What if I submit false information?

FCCJobs is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after you begin work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (see US Code, Title 18, section 1001.)

last reviewed/updated on 11/14/05 

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