Explore Hiring Paths

The Federal Government offers unique hiring paths to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society. Learn more about each hiring path and your eligibility.


If you’re a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans.
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Individuals with disabilities

Federal agencies can use the Schedule A Hiring Authority to hire an individual with a disability.

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Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA

Your non-competitive eligibility lasts for one year after completing your Peace Corps.

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Senior executives

You may be eligible for a Senior Executive Service position if you meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

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Open to the Public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S. You’re eligible as long as you’re a U.S. citizen or national.

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Native Americans

If you're an American Indian or an Alaskan Native who is a member of one of the federally recognized tribes.

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Special authorities

The Federal Government offers other special hiring paths to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society.

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National Guard & Reserves

If you’re a member of the National Guard, or are willing and able to join the National Guard

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Family of overseas employees

Hiring options depend on whether you’re currently working overseas and are planning to come back to the United States

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Military spouses

Federal agencies can use the military spouse non-competitive hiring process to fill positions on either a temporary or permanent basis.

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Students & recent graduates

If you’re a current student or recent graduate, you may be eligible for federal internships and jobs

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Federal employees

If you are a current or former federal employee, there are different hiring options available to you, depending on your eligibility.

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