Free VA Form OF612 - Optional Application for Federal Employment - Federal


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Optional Application for Federal Employment - OF 612

General Information

You may apply for most Federal jobs with a résumé, an Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or other written format. If your résumé or application does not provide all the information requested on this form and in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for a job. Type or print clearly in black ink. Help speed the selection process by keeping your application brief and sending only the requested information. If essential to attach additional pages, include your name and job announcement number on each page. ˇ ˇ Information on Federal employment and the latest information about educational and training provisions are available at http://www.usajobs.gov/ or via interactive voice response system: (703) 724-1850 or TDD (978) 461-8404. Upon request from the employing Federal agency, you must provide documentation or proof that your degree(s) is from a school accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, or that your education meets the other provisions outlined in the OPM Operating Manual. It will be your responsibility to secure the documentation that verifies that you attended and earned your degree(s) from this accredited institution(s) (e.g., official transcript). Federal agencies will verify your documentation. For a list of postsecondary educational institutions and programs accredited by accrediting agencies and state approval agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. For information on Education and Training Provisions or Requirements, refer to the OPM Operating Manual available at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IIs2-e4.asp. ˇ If you served on active duty in the United States Military and were discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans' preference. To receive preference, if your service began after October 15, 1976, you must have a Campaign Badge, Expenditionary Medal, or a service-connected disability. Veterans' preference is not a factor for Senior Executive Service jobs or when competition is limited to status candidates (current or former career or career-conditional Federal employees). Most Federal jobs require United States citizenship and also that males over age 18 born after December 31, 1959, have registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. The law generally prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives. Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries or annuities reduced. Every employee must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary. Send your application to the office announcing the vacancy. If you have questions, contact the office identified in the announcement.

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How to Apply: 1. 2. 3. Review the listing of current vacancies. Decide which jobs, pay range, and locations interest you. Follow instructions provided in the vacancy announcement including any additional forms that are required. ˇ You may apply for most jobs with a résumé, this form, or any other written format; all applications must include the information requested in the vacancy announcement as well as information required for all applications for Federal employment (see below): ˇ The USAJOBS website features an online résumé builder. This is a free service that allows you to create a résumé, submit it electronically (for some vacancy announcements), and save it online for use in the future. Certain information is required to evaluate your qualifications and determine if you meet legal requirements for Federal employment. If your résumé or application does not include all the required information as specified below, the agency may not consider you for the vacancy. Help speed the selection process - submit a concise résumé or application and send only the required material. Information required for all applications for Federal employment: Job Vacancy Specifics ˇ Announcement number, title and grade(s) of the job you are applying for

Personal Information ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ ˇ Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code) and email address, if applicable Social Security Number Country of citizenship (most Federal jobs require U.S. citizenship.) Veterans' preference Reinstatement eligibility (for former Federal employees) Highest Federal civilian grade held (including job series and dates held.) Selective Service (if applicable).

Work Experience ˇ Provide the following information for yoru paid and volunteer work experience related to the job you are applying for job title (include job series and grade if Federal) duties and accomplishments employer's name and address supervisor's name and telephone number - indicate if supervisor may be contacted starting and ending dates (month and year) hours per week salary NSN 7540-01-351-9178 50612-101 Page 1 of 4 OF 612 Revised June 2006

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Previous edition usable

How to Apply: (continued) Education ˇ High School Name, city, and State (Zip code if known) Date of diploma or GED ˇ Colleges or universities Name, city, and State (Zip code if known) Majors Type and year of degrees received. (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours.) Do not attach a copy of your transcript unless requested Do not list degrees received based solely on life experience or obtained from schools with little or no academic standards

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Upon request from the employing Federal agency, you must provide documentation or proof that your degree(s) is from a school accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, or that your education meets the other provisions outlined in the OPM Operating Manual. It will be your responsibility to secure the documentation that verifies that you attended and earned your degree(s) from this accredited institution(s) (e.g., official transcript). Federal agencies will verify your documentation. For a list of postsecondary educational institutions and programs accredited by accrediting agencies and state approval agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. For information on Educational and Training Provisions or Requirements, refer to the OPM Operating Manual available at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp. Other Education Completed ˇ ˇ School name, city, and State (Zip code if known) Credits earned and Majors Type and year of degrees received. (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicte whether semester or quarter hours.) Do not list degrees received based solely on life experience or obtained from schools with little or no academic standards

Other Qualifications ˇ Job-related: Training (title of course and year) Skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.) Certificates or licenses (current only). Include type of license or certificate, date of latest license, and State or other licensing agency Honors, awards, and special accomplishments, (e.g., publications, memberships in professional honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking and performance awards) (Give dates but do not send documents unless requested) Any Other Information Specified in the Vacancy Announcement

Privacy Act Statement
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management and other Federal agencies rate applicants for Federal jobs under the authority of sections 1104, 1302, 3301, 3304, 3320, 3361, 3393, and 3394 of title 5 of the United States Code. We need the information requested in this form and in the associated vacancy announcements to evaluate your qualifications. Other laws require us to ask about citizenship, military service, etc. In order to keep your records in order, we request your Social Security Number (SSN) under the authority of Executive Order 9397 (November 1943). This Executive Order permits Federal agencies to use the SSN as a unique identifier to distinguish your records from others with the same or similar names. Failure to furnish the requested information may delay or prevent action on your application. We use your SSN to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who know you. We may use your SSN in studies and computer matching with other Goverment files. If you do not give us your SSN or any other information requested, we cannot process your application. Also, incomplete addresses and ZIP Codes will slow processing. We may confirm information from your records with prospective non-federal employers concerning tenure of employment, civil service status, length of service, and date and nature of action for separation as shown on personnel action forms of specifically identified individuals.

Public Burden Statement
We estimate the public reporting burden for this collection will vary from 20 to 240 minutes with an average of 90 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering data, and completing and reviewing the information. Send comments regarding the burden statement or any other aspect of the collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), OPM Forms Officer, Washington, DC 20415-7900. The OMB number, 3206-0219, is currently valid. OPM may not collect this information and you are not required to respond, unless this number is displayed. Do not send completed application forms to this address; follow directions provided in the vacancy announcement(s).

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER U.S. Office of Personnel Management Previous edition usable NSN 7540-01-351-9178 50612-101 Page 2 of 4 OF 612 Revised June 2006

OPTIONAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT - OF 612
Section A - Applicant Information

Form Approved OMB No. 3206-0219

type or print "OV" in the State field (Block 6c) and fill in the Country field (Block 6e) below, leaving the Zip Code field (Block 6d) blank. 1. Job title in announcement 4a. Last name 6a. Mailing address 2. Grade(s) applying for 4b. First and middle names 3. Announcement number 5. Social Security Number 7. Phone numbers (include area code if within the United States of America) 7a. Daytime 6b. City 6e. Country (if not within the United States of America) 8. E-mail address (if available) Section B - Work Experience 6c. State 6d. Zip Code 7b. Evening

Use Standard State Postal Codes (abbreviations). If outside the united States of America, and you do not have a military address,

Describe your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying. Do not attach job description.

1. Job title (if Federal, include series and grade) 2. From (mm/yyyy) 6. Employer's name and address 3. To (mm/yyyy) 4. Salary $ 7. Supervisor's name and phone number 7a. Name 7b. Phone 8. May we contact your current supervisor? Yes No per 5. Hours per week

If we need to contact your current supervisor before making an offer, we will contact you first. 9. Describe your duties, accomplishments and related skills (if you need to attach additional pages, include your name, address, and job announcement number)

Section C - Additional Work Experience 1. Job title (if Federal, include series and grade) 2. From (mm/yyyy) 6. Employer's name and address 3. To (mm/yyyy) 4. Salary $ 7. Supervisor's name and phone number 7a. Name 7b. Phone 8. May we contact your current supervisor? Yes No If we need to contact your current supervisor before making an offer, we will contact you first. 9. Describe your duties, accomplishments and related skills (if you need to attach additional pages, include your name, address, and job announcement number) per 5. Hours per week

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Previous edition usable

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Section D - Education
Upon request from the employing Federal agency, you must provide documention or proof that your degree(s) is from a school accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, or that your education meets the other provisions outlined in the OPM Operating Manual. It will be your responsibility to secure the documentation that verifies that you attended and earned your degree(s) from this accredited institution(s) (e.g. official transcript). Federal agencies will verify your documentation. For a list of postsecondary education institutions and program accredited by accrediting agencies and state approval agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education website at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . For information on Educational and Training Provisions or Requirements, refer to the OPM Operating Manual available at http://www.opm.gov/qualificatins/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp Do not list degrees received based solely on life experience or obtained from schools with little or no academic standards.

1. Last High School (HS)/GED School. Give the school's name, city, state, ZIP Code (if known), and year diploma or GED received: 2. Mark highest level completed: Some HS HS/GED Associate Bachelor Total Credits Earned Semester Quarter Master Major(s) Doctoral Degree (if any), Year Received

3. Colleges and universities attended. Do not attach a copy of your transcript unless requested 3a. Name City 3b. Name City 3c. Name City State Zip Code State Zip Code State Zip Code

Section E - Other Education Completed Do not list degrees received based solely on life experience or obtained from schools with little or no academic standards.

License or Certificate

Section F - Other Qualifications Date of Latest License or Certificate

State or Other Licensing Agency

Section G - Other Qualifications Job-related training courses (give title and year). Job-related skills (other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.). Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (publications, memberships in professional/honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards). Give dates, but do not send documents unless requested.

Section H - General Yes No 1a. Are you a U.S. citizen? 1b. If no, give the Country of your citizenship. 2a. Do you claim veterans' preference? If yes, mark your claim of 5 or 10 points below. Yes No Attach your Report of Separation from Active Duty (DD 214) or other proof. 2b. 5 points Attach an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and proof required. 2c. 10 points 3. Check this box if you are an adult male born on or after January 1st 1960, and you registered for Selective Service between the ages of 18 through 25 4. Were you ever a Federal civilian employee? 4a. Series 4b. Grade Yes No If yes, list highest civilian grade for the following: 4c. From (mm/yyyy) 4d. To (mm/yyyy) Yes No

5a. Are you eligible for reinstatement based on career or career-conditional Federal status?

If requested in the vacancy announcement, attach Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50), as proof. 5b. Are you eligible under the ICTAP*? No Yes

*ICTAP (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan):A participant in this plan is a current or former federal employee displaced from a Federal agency. To be eligible, you must have received a formal notice of separation such as a RIF separation notice. If you are an ICTAP eligible, normally you will be provided priority consideration for vacancies within your commuting area for which you apply and are well qualified.

Section I - Applicant Certification I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. 1a. Signature U.S. Office of Personnel Management Previous edition usable NSN 7540-01-351-9178 50612-101 Page 4 of 4 1b.. Date (mm/dd/yyyy) OF 612 Revised June 2006

CONTINUATION SHEET

OF 612 Revised June 2006