Applying to VA isn’t like your average job application process. There are specific procedures and documents to use and it can become a little confusing. Use these tips taken from our frequently asked questions and begin the VA application process with confidence.
Read the job announcement closely for instructions
Pay close attention to the section that addresses qualification requirements. The reviewer will be looking for your qualifications inside your application package as well as in other supplementary documents that you provide. Also, look at the job announcement closely for the job number, you will need this if you are filling out a printed application.
Know the difference between an online and a printed application.
You may submit either an online application or a printed application. The online application is preferred, and you only need to fax supplementary documents. With the printed application you need to fill out the OPM Form 1203-FX and fax it with all other documents.
Beginning the online application process
If you can apply online, you will use two software programs. First, you will create an account on USAJobs and indicate which job you are applying for. Then, you will be prompted from USAJobs to complete the application on Application Manager. You will also use Application Manager to check the status of your application. Click on the vacancy ID for the announcement, then Details. It will show the date your assessment was submitted and the date your resume and other supporting documents were received.
Fax your supplementary documents with your online application
If you have other supporting documents that are not digitized, you will need to fax those in separately with the fax cover sheet. These supplemental forms and documents may include college transcripts, verification of Veterans’ preference, SF-50 – Notification of Personnel Action and other certifications depending on the position. You will fax them to 1-478-757-3144 with a printed cover sheet.
How to fax a printed application
If you cannot apply online, print OPM Form 1203-FX Assessment Questionnaire. This is basically an answer sheet. You will need to follow the questions in the job announcement to fill out this form. You must submit all six pages (even if you don’t answer any questions on the last page). Make sure you begin your fax with the cover sheet on top. Extra tips
- Don’t forget to fill out the top of each page with your social security number and vacancy ID number.
- Make sure to answer the narrative questions thoroughly on a separate piece of paper, preferably typed.
- Fax your entire packet, with the OPM Form 1203-FX on top (the first page is your cover page), to 1-478-757-3144 in the following order.
- OPM Form 1203-FX (6 pages) (top)
- Narrative responses
- Veteran’s preference documentation
- Transcripts, if required (bottom)
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