When applying for a government job, what does the term "status" mean?
Getting a job within the federal government can be complicated, even for
those that have been in government for years.
As a refresher to the old timers and a guide to the newbies, there are
two classes of jobs in the federal government: "Public" or "Status." Each job
announcement will state Status or Public in the "Who May be Considered"
section of a federal announcement.
Status applicants are external candidates with
competitive status. This means there is a special hiring
"authority" written into law that allows them to be considered for a
particular government position. Typically, you are a status candidate if you
are a veteran, or you have previously held a government position.
If you are considered a Status or Competitive applicant,
then you should refine your job search using the Status tab on the USAJOBS
website, as you will find there are many more opportunities for you than if you are a Public applicant.
Public applicants are external
candidates without status, or who have no prior military experience and no
previous government employment.
If you are considered a public applicant, then
you should refine your job search using the Public tab on USAJOBS, since you
don't want to waste your time applying for a position you won't be considered
Yours in Gov,
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