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The U.S. Geological Survey's Online Automated Recruitment System (OARS) is a computerized employment application processing system, which electronically prescreens candidates and ranks them according to specified criteria. OARS lets you search for available jobs in the USGS; create, edit, and archive your electronic resume; and apply for specific jobs online! OARS also provides you with an opportunity to establish criteria to identify the type(s) of jobs you are interested in, and will then notify you with an email message when that kind of job is open for application. OARS is simple to use and is designed to meet your Survey job search and application needs well into the new millennium!

How to Apply

It's easy to create, edit, and store your OARS online resume to apply for jobs in the USGS. Just click on the "Login to OARS" button on the main page and follow the directions below:

Logging into OARS

New Users
After you login to the OARS system, select the "New Users" option, and click on the "Next" button. Fill in all the "User Information" and resume data fields. Next, fill in your e-mail notification preferences and click on the "Next" button again. Continue filling out the online resume by responding to the remaining questions. After answering the last question, click "Continue." Your user information will be electronically stored and the system will assign you an ID number. (Store this number in a safe place! You may use either your ID number or your e-mail address and password to login to the system in the future.) You can change your personal or demographic information at any time by logging into OARS and selecting the appropriate option. However, any changes you make will not be reflected on any of your applications for vacancies that have already closed.

Registered Users
If you are already registered and your personal and resume information is up-to-date, select the "Registered Users" section on the login page and enter your OARS ID (or e-mail address) and your password, select "Go to Jobs" and click on the "Next" button. If you need to change your personal or demographic information simply select the appropriate option. Remember that any changes you make will not be reflected on any of your applications for vacancies that have already closed.

Searching for Vacancies

After you have logged into the system, select the link for "US Geological Survey," hit "enter" and the system will display a list of job openings; or if you prefer, you can select the link for the "Search Wizard." Once you have found a job that you are interested in, click on the vacancy announcement number to view the full vacancy announcement.

Applying for Jobs

To apply for a particular vacancy, first carefully read and respond to the vacancy application questions. If you are unsure of which answer to select, make sure you select the one that best describes your education and/or experience. Do not select an answer unless you fully meet all the criteria described for that response. (Do not select an answer that only partially applies to you.) Click on "Finished" to submit your completed application along with a copy of your resume. Your application is not complete until you see a screen that says "Your application has been successfully transmitted!" You may log into the system and edit your responses to either the application questions or your resume at any time up until the closing date and time of the announcement."

OARS Notification Reliability

If you choose to receive email notifications of vacancies as they open in OARS, please be aware that this service is presented as a courtesy to our applicants. Although the email notification system is very reliable, it is possible that an email notification for a particular vacancy may not reach you due to technical problems related to sending email across the Internet that are beyond our control. To ensure that you are aware of all the job advertisements please periodically review the vacancy listing that appears directly on the OARS website.

Unsubscribing from OARS Notifications

Instructions for unsubscribing from the email notifications of vacancies through OARS are located on the OARS website . In addition, if email from our system is undeliverable due to an invalid or inoperable email address the USGS reserves the right to discontinue any future email notifications to that address.

Logging out of OARS

The best way to "log out" of OARS is to simply close the window on your browser. This will prevent anyone else from using your OARS account without your knowledge.

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