CPSC is working hard to make the application process easily available to applicants and less burdensome. We have implemented an automated applicant intake system for hiring called CPSC Career Connection. All vacancies will be posted on-line at: USAJOBS. All applications must now be submitted through CPSC Career Connection’s on-line process.
Please follow the steps below to create a resume and to apply to a vacancy using the new system, CPSC Career Connection.
STEP ONE - (Online Resume - USAJOBS)
You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at 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 on-line. You may also sign-up to receive automated job alerts once you have an established account.
To create an account and complete your resume at USAJOBS, go to: Create USAJOBS Account
For tips on creating a resume and other information, go to: Resume Tips (pdf) and 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 at the bottom of the posting. 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 EST 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 automatically rate, rank and certify candidates.
STEP THREE - (Faxing Supporting Documentation)
The last step of the application process is to fax all of the required supplemental documentation that is specified in the "Required Documents" section of the vacancy announcement. These required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please provide your name and the vacancy announcement number for which you are applying on the cover sheet to ensure your supporting documents are properly received. All documents should be brought to EXRM or faxed to: 301-504-0432. If you submit supplemental documentation in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact, your application will be deemed incomplete and will be removed from consideration.
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.