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Select APPLY FOR JOBS from the Main Menu. This item is located at the bottom center of the screen. All available jobs will be displayed on the Vacancy List screen. Select an announcement by clicking on the job title. If you have not already done so, you may be asked to provide information to determine eligibility. Answer the eligibility questions by clicking in the box preceding each question that pertains to you.


  • From the Main Menu, click on APPLY FOR JOBS.

  • From the Vacancy List screen, click REFINE SEARCH from the left-side menu.

  • Follow screen prompts to enter location, type of job, salary, or series/grade information for specific jobs.

  • Click SUBMIT at the bottom of the screen. All available jobs matching the search criteria will be displayed.

  • Repeat this process to change search criteria and view different job openings.

  • To search using different criteria, click RESET at the bottom of the screen to clear previously entered information.


The shopping cart allows applicants to select multiple jobs for which they want to apply and set them apart in the shopping cart. Applicants can then access their shopping cart and apply for each job from there.

  • From the Main Menu, click on APPLY FOR JOBS.

  • From the Vacancy List screen, click the box in the shopping cart column (rightmost column for a vacancy) to add a job to the shopping cart.

  • Select VIEW SHOPPING CART from the left side menu to view the jobs that have been added. Only selected vacancies are shown.


  • From the Main Menu, click on APPLY FOR JOBS.

  • From the Vacancy List, click the title of the job for which you want to apply. Read the Public Vacancy Announcement thoroughly for information and instructions. The vacancy announcement may require information that is not required by the on-line system, and may ask for specific information to be provided in the Additional Information section or as an attachment.

  • Click on POSITION DESCRIPTION to review the position description prior to applying.

  • Click on APPLY NOW on the left-side menu. You will be prompted for the Grade Range: Select the grade level(s) you will accept. You will not be able to change this information after you click on SAVE THIS INFORMATION.

  • Answer questions pertaining to education, work experience, and other requested information by following the directions on the screens. All left-side menu items that are marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed. These items are shown in red. Once they are completed, they change to another color. Information entered previously in the personal profile is automatically generated. However, you must still click on each item in red and scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on SAVE THIS INFORMATION.

  • You will see a series of statements designed to evaluate education and experience in relation to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. Follow the on-line instructions, which will indicate whether to select all statements that apply, or the one statement that best describes the applicant’s education and experience.
  • NOTE: For education, enter only those hours that relate to the type and level of education described. For instance, if graduate education is described, enter hours obtained in graduate courses.

  • Be sure to click SAVE THIS INFORMATION at the bottom of the screen. If you do not wish to update the personal profile with the information entered, deselect the "Update Personal Profile" box.

Printing an Application.

Once the application is complete, applicants can print a hard copy by clicking on THIS APPLICATION under the VIEW AND PRINT menu to the left.

Submitting an Application.

Before submitting an application, applicants should be sure to attach any required documentation. See ATTACHMENTS TO THE APPLICANT PROFILE below for instructions. Click on SEND APPLICATION to submit the application.

  • Complete the APPLICANT CERTIFICATION by clicking the box indicating acknowledgment of the certification statement. Applicants will not be able to complete the application without acknowledging the statement.

  • Click on SAVE AND SUBMIT. To receive consideration, online applications must be submitted by midnight EST on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Duplicate Applications.

If more than one application is received for the same applicant, the most recent application will be the officially accepted application for the position.


Applicants can save their entries and return to complete an application by saving the profile entries and returning to the website.

  • From the Main Menu, click JOBS I HAVE APPLIED FOR.

  • Review the list of jobs, and click on the job title for any job showing status as incomplete.
    Continue filling in the application.
    The ADS system is available, 20/7, between the hours of approximately 4:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


Applicants can attach documents to their personal profiles by saving an electronic copy of a resume, DD-214, SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, college transcripts, SF-50B Notification of Personnel Action, most current performance rating or other documentation on a computer's hard drive or on a diskette that is inserted into the disk drive. Attachments cannot exceed 1MB in size.

  • From the Main Menu, click CREATE OR UPDATE PERSONAL PROFILE.

  • Click SUBMIT A RESUME from the left-side menu.

  • Follow the screen instructions and system prompts to locate and attach electronic documents.


Once an applicant has completed all required screens, a “Thank You” screen appears. This screen indicates successful completion of all information required by the on-line system.


Applicants can review the status of jobs they have applied for.

  • From the Main Menu, click JOBS I HAVE APPLIED FOR.

  • Applicants will see the status of the job and the status of their applications.

  • Click on the job title to go back into the application to see the vacancy announcement, position description, application, and other information about the application for that vacancy.


Applicants may withdraw their applications for positions for which they have applied.

NOTE: When applicants choose to withdraw, a prompt will appear informing them that once the application has been withdrawn, they cannot reapply to the same vacancy announcement.

Do not withdraw an application in order to update information. Instead, use the ‘Update Profile’ option. Once an application is withdrawn, applicants will not be allowed to reapply to the same vacancy announcement.

  • From the Main Menu, click JOBS I HAVE APPLIED FOR.

  • Click the corresponding box in the WITHDRAW FROM CONSIDERATION column of the vacancy from which you wish to withdraw.


Applicants who are unable to apply online may request the instructions and form from the contact listed on the front page of the vacancy announcement


The system is slow or unresponsive

  • Generally this may be due to the applicant’s Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ADS system has performance indicators in place that are monitored to maintain the system operating at certain levels even during peak periods.

The screen is frozen

  • Try clicking on the Refresh button. If this does not work, you may need to quit and logon again.

Taken back to the Avue Login Screen

  • User may have used the browsers back button, instead of clicking on Main Menu to return to a previous screen. Or, this may indicate a problem with the Avue System. Wait a few minutes and log back on.

Warning: Page Expired or Page Cannot be Displayed

  • Generally this indicates a problem with the Applicant’s ISP. Completely exit the program and log back in.

Can’t see a “SAVE” or “SAVE THIS INFORMATION” button

  • Be sure your window is maximized to the fullest extent. There will be scroll bar on the right-hand side, when more information is available.

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