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HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • In order to narrow your search to your desired occupation, you should choose one of the occupations listed in the pop-up box or enter the governments 4-digit number to identify jobs by occupation. 
  • It's safest to choose from the occupation codes scrolling window rather than type in a job series. Then you don't need to worry about typos. Remember, typos in your search choices can dramatically impact the results of your search!  When scrolling through the list of job types, you may find that you are interested in several job types that begin with the same numbers (for instance, 0511 - Auditing, 0525 - Accounting Technician, 0560 - Budget Analysis). In this case, you may want to try the Intermediate search which allows you to enter up to six occupational series.
  • Or, you can select an OCCUPATIONAL GROUP (such as 0500 - Accounting &  Budget) to search for all available jobs in that group rather than searching separately.
  • To clear an entry from the scrolling job type window, choose the top item in the scrolling list, or click on the clear button near the bottom of the page.
  • NOTE:  If you want to view all jobs in a particular state or a particular pay level, please leave the occupation blank.
  • You MAY select up to six a federal job series OR job types in order to perform a search.
  • The government uses 4-digit numbers to identify jobs by occupation. When scrolling through the list of job types, you may find that you are interested in several job types that begin with the same numbers (for instance, 0511 - Auditing, 0525 - Accounting Technician, 0560 - Budget Analysis). In this case, you may want to select an occupational GROUP (such as 0500 - Accounting &  Budget) to search for all available jobs in that group rather than run individual searches on each of the job titles separately.
  • To clear an entry from the scrolling job type window, choose the top item in the scrolling list, or click on the clear button near the bottom of the page.
  • NOTE:  If you want to view all jobs in a particular state or a particular pay level, please leave the occupation blank.

 

HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH

View Pay Scale 

  • In this area, you will be entering your desired annual salary range based on your education & experience.  
  • If you leave grade range and annual salary blank, you will see ALL pay levels.
  • See the chart below to help figure out the correct salary range based on your education.

 

  • If you are familiar with the General Schedule Pay Scale, enter your desired pay grade range.
  • If you are not familiar with the GS Pay Scale, enter a desired annual salary range instead.
  • If you wish to search for a Senior Executive Service or Wage Grade position, enter a desired annual salary range instead of a pay grade range.
  • Only enter one OR the other. If you fill out both the pay grade range and the annual salary range fields, the search engine will not execute. An error message will be displayed so that you may correct your search request and search again.
  • If you leave grade range and annual salary blank, you will see ALL pay levels.
  • See the chart below to help figure out the correct salary range based on your education.

How to Figure Out Your GS Pay Level

The following chart is to be used to help you figure out what GS pay level or salary range you would use to search our FedJobs database based on your education and experience.

The actual salary that the agency offers will be dependent on your qualifications. The general qualifications needed to receive that pay (and equivalent GS grade) are shown by these salaries. Please refer to the jobs vacancy announcement for specific education and experience requirements for the position.

$16000 - $23000

Three months of general experience or a high school diploma (including or equivalent to (EQ) GS-1 through GS-2)

$20000 - $26000

Six months of general experience or one year of education beyond high school (including or equivalent to (EQ) GS-3)

$22,000 - $29,000

One year of general experience or one year of education beyond high school (including or equivalent (EQ) to GS-4)

$25,000 - $45,000

Three years of general experience or at least one year of professional experience or a bachelor's degree (including or equivalent to (EQ) GS-5 and GS-8)

$38,000 - $73,000

One or more years responsible and independent experience related to the job or a Masters or higher degree (including or equivalent (EQ) to GS-9 through GS-12)

$66,000 - $102,000

One or more years highly responsible and independent experience directly related to the job to be filled (including or equivalent (EQ) to GS-13 to GS-14)

$93,000 & above

More than one year of highly responsible and independent experience directly related to the job to be filled, frequently requires supervisory or managerial skills. (including or equivalent (EQ) to GS-15)

$111,000 - $168,000

Senior Executive Service (SES)  The SES is a gradeless system in which salary is linked to performance, not positions. (SES positions posted in FedJobs are coded as GS-99)

 

,HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • Select a state, region or country from the scroll box.  If you wish to search by more than one location or region, you can do this in the intermediate search.
  • If you wish to narrow your search to a certain region of the country or perhaps just see Overseas jobs, choose the desired location from the scrolling Region/State field. 
  • NOTE: If you leave these fields blank, you will see ALL jobs nationwide and overseas.

 

  • Enter up to three 2-character state codes (i.e., Virginia = VA) if you want to narrow your search to just a single state.
  • Regions of the country are identified by special codes. If you wish to narrow your search to a certain region of the country or perhaps just see Overseas jobs, choose the desired location from the scrolling Region/State field. On subsequent searches you will be familiar with this code and may simply enter it into the region or state location code box if desired.
  • You can also search by select countries.  For example, the code GE stands for Germany.
  • NOTE: If you leave these fields blank, you will see ALL jobs nationwide and overseas.
HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • You can limit your search to a particular agency by choosing an agency from this scroll box.  For example, if you want to see jobs that are within the Department of Army, you would choose the Army code from this box. If you leave these fields blank, you will see jobs from ALL agencies.
  • NOTE: If you want to see all Army jobs, regardless of series, pay or location, you would simply choose Army from the scroll down list and leave all other search criteria blank.
  • You can limit your search to from one to four agencies by entering in the agency code and choosing an agency from the scroll box.  For example, if you want to see all jobs that are within the Department of Army and Department of Navy, you would enter AR for Army and NV for Navy. If you leave these fields blank, you will see jobs from ALL agencies.
  • NOTE: If you want to see all Army jobs, regardless of series, pay or location, you would simply choose Army from the scroll down list or enter the AR code and leave all other search criteria blank.
HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • If you've never worked for the federal government before you will NOT want to include jobs restricted to current/former federal employees in your search.
  • In order to apply for these restricted positions, you must be a current federal employee or a former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility or have eligibility under a special hiring program such as veterans and handicapped programs.

 

  • If you've never worked for the federal government before you will NOT want to include jobs restricted to current/former federal employees in your search.
  • In order to apply for these restricted positions, you must be a current federal employee or a former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility or have eligibility under a special hiring program such as veterans and handicapped programs.
HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • Certain non-federal jobs are included in the FedJobs database. If you do NOT want these jobs to be included in your search results, answer NO to this question.
  • The non-federal jobs found in FedJobs include positions in non-profit and international organizations as well as federally-related private sector openings. Such openings are carried because of their similarity to federal positions or because the hiring office has specifically requested exposure to applicants who are interested in federally-related employment.
  • If you leave this item set to YES, you will see any non-federal opportunities that are related to the job type, pay level and location you specify.

 

  • Certain non-federal jobs are included in the FedJobs database. If you do NOT want these jobs to be included in your search results, answer NO to this question.
  • The non-federal jobs found in FedJobs include positions in non-profit and international organizations as well as federally-related private sector openings. Such openings are carried because of their similarity to federal positions or because the hiring office has specifically requested exposure to applicants who are interested in federally-related employment.
  • If you leave this item set to YES, you will see any non-federal opportunities that are related to the job type, pay level and location you specify.

 

HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
  • For those of you who search on a regular basis, this search will limit jobs to either NEW; Since One Day, Sine One Week and Since One Week.  Or you can leave the default selection and view All Jobs:
  • Note: Since we don't update our database on the weekends or holidays, you shouldn't enter the New or Since One Day criteria or you may find "No Matches".
  • For those of you who search on a regular basis, this search will limit jobs to either NEW; Since One Day, Sine One Week and Since One Week.  Or you can leave the default selection and view All Jobs:
  • Note: Since we don't update our database on the weekends or holidays, you shouldn't enter the New or Since One Day criteria or you may find "No Matches".
 
HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
Clear Screen Change your mind? Click on clear search to refresh the search screen so you may start over! Change your mind? Click on clear search to refresh the search screen so you may start over!
HELP TOPIC BEGINNER'S SEARCH ADVANCED SEARCH
Recent Searches The Recent Searches menu items on the left menu bar allow you to have the computer automatically enter up to 5 of your last searches.   The Recent Searches menu items on the left menu bar allow you to have the computer automatically enter up to 5 of your last searches.  
HELP TOPIC ADVANCED SEARCH

Keyword Search

The keyword search will search all of the full vacancy announcements in our database.  A boolean search will search each job announcement for the word or words that you enter.  This is best used if you are looking for words that may or may not be together.  

For example, if you were to enter Information Technology Specialist (without the quotes), it will search until it finds the first occurrence of Information, then continue to search for the first occurrence of Technology and finish the search when it finds Specialist.  The results may show announcements that have the words together or separate.  

If you want to search by a phrase, you MUST type your phrase between double quotes: "Information Technology Specialist"

To search for a phrase, use double quotes:
example: "Information Technology Specialist"

For Boolean searches, you can use AND, OR, and NOT
example: chemist OR biologist NOT navy

For complex searches, use parenthesis:
example: chemist OR (biologist NOT navy)

Note: Complex searches could result in no job matches.  Be careful not to misspell words or abbreviations.  The keyword search is not intended to be used for searching by occupational series, state or agency, you should use the appropriate search fields as indicated on the search screen.  If your search results in no job matches, be sure you are using the appropriate boolean operators shown below.   
Boolean Operators Examples Result

AND

&

banking AND services

banking & services

banking development

Using these operators will return only the results with both the words banking AND services in the job announcement.

Note: If you don't separate your search words, AND is implied by default.

OR

|

,

banking OR services

banking | services

banking, services

Using any of these operators will return results that contain either banking OR services in the job announcement.

AND NOT

banking AND NOT services

Using AND NOT will return those results that contain the word banking but will exclude those that contain the word services.

(  )

Utilize parentheses to separate keyword subsets

(banking OR services) AND NOT teller Using the parentheses to separate keyword subsets will result in a more refined search. You can use any of the Boolean Operators to separate your search criteria.

" "

Utilize quotation marks to identify phrases

"banking services" Use phrases in Search when you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your results. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.
*

Utilize an asterisk as a wildcard character

bank* Using * after a root word will bring back any results that contain a variation of that root word in the title or description. In this example, the search would return any results that contain the words bank, banking, banker, etc.

Note: Do not use other operators or punctuation marks in your query. Periods (.) are ignored, while semi-colons (;) and colons (:) could block your search from being executed at all.

If you enter A B C D as a query, we will search for A AND B AND C AND D as opposed to the phrase "A B C D" (words next to each other). You can still search for phrases by surrounding the terms in double-quotes, for example, "chief technology officer" or "technical writer."

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