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There are many ways to learn about current SEC opportunities.

How to Apply to the SEC

  1. Identify an Opportunity
    When looking for an opportunity, be sure to identify positions that match your qualifications and past experiences. You can identify the current SEC announcements by searching USAJOBS.
    If you are an attorney, please apply directly to the office of interest here.
    If you are a student or recent graduate, learn about the various programs the SEC offers here.
  2. Review the Job Announcement Carefully
    Each vacancy announcement specifies the duties, qualification requirements, ranking factors and application forms and procedures. You should use the description to determine whether you have the requisite background, skill set, and experience needed for the announcement.
  3. Carefully Follow the Application Instructions
    Required application materials and instructions regarding where the application must be submitted vary from announcement to announcement. You may apply for most announcements with a resume as long as it contains the information required by the vacancy announcement. For jobs that are filled through automated procedures, you must submit a resume and other specialized forms. Jobs with unique qualifications may require copies of transcripts, licenses or certifications.
    It is essential that you follow the application instructions in the vacancy announcement to which you are applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We encourage you to apply well in advance of the application closing date in order to meet the application requirements.
  4. Receive an Evaluation of Your Application
    Once received, your application will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the education and/or experience requirements for the position of interest, as stated in the vacancy announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application package will be evaluated to determine the best-qualified candidates based on job-related criteria. Evaluation procedures vary and will be specified in each announcement. In all cases, the evaluation is based on the application material you originally submitted.
  5. Interview for the Position
    The names and applications of the highest-ranking candidates are referred to the supervisor or selecting official. S/he may interview candidates in person or by telephone. In rare cases, s/he may make a hiring decision based solely on the application material. Selection procedures are subject to Federal Civil Service laws, which ensure that all applicants receive fair and equal treatment in the hiring process.

Modified: 10/16/2014