Employment Application Process FAQ
- Am I permitted to apply for jobs at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if I am not a citizen of the Unites States (U.S.)?
- What process does CDC use to evaluate qualifications and identify the best candidate for the job?
- I do not work at the CDC, but am very interested in a job that is open to "CDC Employees Only". May I still apply and be considered?
- Does CDC accept job applications through the mail?
- What documents do I have to submit in order for my application to be considered complete?
- What is an SF-50, and how can I obtain a copy?
- After I have submitted my job application online, how will I know if my application has been received?
- The job announcement states that I must submit college transcripts and/or proof of licenses or certification before I can be considered for the position. What is the process for submitting these documents?
- If I am required to submit a transcript of college courses, must it be an official transcript or is a photocopy sufficient?
- I received notice that a job announcement I submitted an application for had been cancelled. Will it be re-announced? If yes, am I required to reapply in order to be considered?
- I just found out about a job announcement that closed yesterday. May I receive consideration for this position?
- Can I send my supporting documents via email?
- Am I required to submit a separate application for each job I want to apply for, or may I submit only one and be considered for all jobs for which I am eligible?
- By law, employment at most U.S. federal government agencies, including CDC, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-U.S. citizens may be hired provided they meet certain legal requirements, as described by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Employment_of_Non-citizens.
- Generally, CDC positions are filled through a competitive hiring process under delegated examining (DE) or merit promotion (MP) procedures. CDC may also fill positions thorough Excepted Service regulations. See detailed explanations of DE and MP below.
- Delegated Examining (DE)
- Merit Promotion (MP)
- Application consideration is limited to the following applicant types:
- Current federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment
- Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement
- U.S. citizens eligible for appointment under a special hiring authority (e.g., certain military veterans, persons with disabilities, Peace Corps volunteers, etc.)
- Allows consideration of the top ranked candidates.
- Veterans’ preference points are not applied.
- U.S. citizenship is required.
All CDC job announcements filled through DE or MP procedures are published on the USAJobs website. Instructions for submitting an application are included in each job announcement. Visit the USAJobs online resource center to learn more about the competitive hiring process and how jobs are filled in the federal government.
- Candidates who served on active duty in the United States military during certain dates or campaigns, and were separated under honorable or general conditions, may be eligible for veterans' preference.
- CDC adjudicates veteran preference claims based on the documentation submitted (e.g., DD-214, Report of Separation).
- Veterans’ preference points are applied to all jobs announced under Delegated Examining procedures. See table below.
- For veterans employment information, visit the Feds Hire Vets website today
Table listing each military veteran category, associated preference points applied to DE applications, and a description of each type of military veteran.
Description of Preference Category
Compensable preference based on a service-connected disability of 30% or more
Compensable preference based on a service-connected disability of 10% or more, but less than 30%
Other preference granted to recipients of the Purple Heart, persons with a non-compensable service-connected disability (less than 10%), widow/widower or mother of a deceased veteran, or spouse or mother of a disabled veteran.
Preference (i.e., other types of qualifying military service)
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- No. You must be a current employee of CDC (serving on a career or career conditional appointment) to apply for positions open to CDC employees only.
- Specific instructions for submitting job applications are contained in each job announcement. In most cases, you must apply for CDC jobs using the online application system. Contact the Human Resources Customer Service Center via email or by phone at (770) 488-1725 [TTY/TDD (770) 488-1228]. If the online application system or process poses a hardship and you require assistance or reasonable accommodations, be sure to contact HR three business days before the closing date of the announcement. Reasonable accommodations will be provided on an individual basis.
- Read the job announcement thoroughly to determine which documents are required. The required documents are listed under the “How to Apply” tab of the job announcement.
- An SF-50 is the standard form for Notification of Personnel Action. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must include a copy of your latest SF-50 with your application as proof of your Federal service and civil service status.
- If you are a current Federal employee, you may obtain a copy of your latest SF-50 from your agency's human resources office. If you are a former Federal employee, visit the USAJobs website for detailed information on obtaining your official personnel records.
- Once you submit your application, you will be transported back to the USAJobs website for confirmation of your submission. A notification will populate advising you that your resume has been sent for review and consideration. The notification will further advise you of how to sign up to receive e-mail notification alerts of your application status, as well as include a link to track the status of your application by logging into your USAJobs account.
8. The job announcement states that I must submit college transcripts and/or proof of licenses or certification before I can be considered for the position. What is the process for submitting these documents?
- CDC currently uses the document upload and fax imaging features that allow documents to electronically route and attach to your application. Specific instructions are contained in each vacancy announcement under the "How To Apply" tab. Failure to follow these instructions may result in loss of consideration.
- A photocopy or copy from the school’s web site is sufficient at the application stage. However, you will be required to provide an official transcript if you are selected for the position.
- You must re-apply if the job is re-announced, unless the replacement job announcement states otherwise.
- Only qualified veterans may receive consideration for a position after the job announcement has closed. Read more about the special provisions for military veterans.
- No. All supporting documentation must be submitted via the document upload or fax-imaging features in the online application system, as noted in the “How to Apply” tab of the job announcement. All documents must be received in the human resources office by midnight of the closing date of the job announcement to receive consideration.
- You must submit a separate application for each job for which you would like to be considered.
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