CPSC has made the application process easily available to applicants and less burdensome. We have an automated applicant intake system for hiring called CPSC Career Connection. All vacancies will be posted online at: USAJOBS. All applications must be submitted through CPSC Career Connection’s online process.
Please follow the steps below to create a resume and to apply to a vacancy using CPSC Career Connection.
STEP ONE: Online Resume on USAJOBS
You must create a user account with USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application. When applying for a position at CPSC, your USAJOBS resume will automatically be transferred to the Career Connection system when you apply online. You may also sign up to receive automated job alerts once you have an established account.
To create an account and with USAJOBS, go to: Create USAJOBS Account
To create a resume, you have the option of:
- Uploading a resume: Uploaded resumes must be smaller than 3 MB and can be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
- Create a resume
Your resume must contain the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
For tips on creating a resume and other information, go to: the USAJOBS Tips page.
STEP TWO: Vacancy Specific Questions/CPSC Career Connection
When you see a CPSC job that you would like to apply to on USAJOBS, you can click the Apply Online link. When you click Apply Online, you will have to log into your USAJOBS account if you were not previously logged in. Once you are logged in, if you have one or more resumes, you will have a choice of which resume to send. After you finish submitting your resume from USAJOBS, you will automatically be taken to CPSC Career Connection where you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. You may edit your answers as well as your resume up until midnight ET of the announcement closing date. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CPSC Career Connection questions will become your your application. After the vacancy closes, the Office of Human Resources Management uses the application package to rate, rank and certify candidates.
STEP THREE: Faxing Supporting Documentation
The last step in the application process is to provide all of the required supplemental documentation that is specified in the “Required Documents” section of the vacancy announcement. Your application and all supplemental documents must be submitted electronically through USAJOBS and must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at email@example.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
What Supporting Documents may be Required?
SF-50 (NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION) - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, which indicates competitive status eligibility.
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL - Applicants must submit their most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months, or a reason explaining why one cannot be provided.
VETERANS PREFERENCE - Veterans applying under VRA or VEOA must provide a copy or your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214). In addition, if you are claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference, you must submit an Application for 10 Point Veteran's Preference (SF-15), and the documentary proof required by that form, i.e., letter from the Veterans Administration dated within one year from the closing date of the announcement. For more information, call the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at 912-757-3000. Select "Federal Employment Topics" and then "Veterans" Or, dial OPM's electronic bulletin board at 912-757-3100 or visit their VetGuide website: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp - The SF-15 may be obtained at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/sf.asp
ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBILITY - 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 their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.
COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS - Applicants must submit college transcripts from a U.S. Department of Education accredited college or university if using education to qualify for this position.
The CPSC does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. For a listing of services which can perform this evaluation, you may visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.'s web site at http://www.amideast.org/publications/aq/Back_Issues/1989/Sp89-html/Sp89Group.htm
If the above supplemental documentation is not applicable to you, you need not submit any documentation other than an on-line resume and responses to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Supplemental information submitted in a franked government agency envelope will NOT be accepted.
What to Expect Next?
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, political affiliation, labor organization affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.
The CPSC welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities (including disabled veterans in receipt of compensation at the rate of 30% or more) and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned.