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CPSC Career Connection - Join the Team

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 with USAJOBS, go to: Create USAJOBS Account.

To create a resume, you have the option of:

  1. 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).
  2. 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: USAJOBS Resource Center.

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 application. After the vacancy closes, the Office of Human Resources Management uses the application package to rate, rank and certify candidates.

STEP THREE: 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).

If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If experiencing any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Continue to Agency Site' button): please email between normal business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET; except federal holidays). If receiving any kind of error message, please provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text number. 

What Supporting Documents may be Required?

In addition to your resume, the documents needed for each particular vacancy announcement is subject to how you apply. Below is a list of supplemental material that may be applicable. If the supplemental documentation is not applicable to you, you need not submit any documentation other than an online resume and responses to the Vacancy Specific Questions. 

All current/reinstatement eligible Federal employees with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2) must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50 to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.


All current/reinstatement eligible Federal employees with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2) must submit their most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.


If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets


If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree or qualifying based on education, you must submit your college transcripts (official or unofficial).

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement and education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.  For more information visit:


ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. You must annotate your questionnaire to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible. For additional information, please visit USAJOBS at: Career Transition Programs (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL).

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 via email.

Application statuses can be viewed by selecting "Application Status" from the "My Accounts" tab from the USAJOBS home page.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the 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.

CPSC welcomes and encourages applications from people 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 people. All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned. 

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