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Understanding Your Application for Employment at VA

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Application Process

Understanding Your Application

Now that you’ve found a position or opportunity that is of interest to you, the next step is filling out an application. The job announcement will tell you which VA application you need to complete and any other forms that must be submitted. Remember to pay careful attention to the additional form requirements if you are a Federal employee requesting a transfer/reassignment, or if you are a Veteran seeking Veterans' preference.

Currently, all applications and other forms must be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the address listed at the end of the job announcement. But here are a few important tips to remember when completing your application:

  • Write the job number, found at the end of the announcement, on your application
  • VA applications ask for information that may be on your resume, such as previous employers, professional education information, etc. Do NOT write "see resume" in the space provided. While resumes are accepted, you must provide the information on the actual application, because the form requires you to sign and attest to the information's accuracy, whereas your resume does not.
  • As simple as it may seem, be sure to fill out the application in its entirety
  • Review every field to ensure you haven't forgotten a step
  • Be sure to supply the full address for each of your references, not just a telephone number
  • Don't forget to sign and date both the last page of the application and the Release of Information authorization form, which is located after the application
  • Make a photocopy of your completed application and all other forms before mailing. This will be important later if you are selected for the position.
Please take your time to fill out the application properly. Failure to adhere to any of the above procedures can slow down your application at best—or disqualify you from consideration at worst.

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