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Insider's Guide to Homeland Security Jobs

Insider's Guide to Homeland Security Jobs

Kyle Stone |

August 10, 2008

How to Apply for Homeland Security Positions


ICE Federal Protective Service Agent on the front-lines providing law enforcement support.

1. Find the Job that is Right for You

Visit the Job Search page where you can search for current Homeland Security employment opportunities by job category, location, salary, and more.

2. Review the Job Announcement

Homeland Security job announcements will provide you important information about job qualifications, duties, salary, duty location, benefits, and security requirements. Here you will be able to determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a good candidate for the job.

All Homeland Security jobs require U.S. citizenship and most require successful completion of a full background investigation. In addition, applicants may be required to submit to a drug test.

3. Apply for the Job

Carefully follow instructions on “how to apply” for the job. Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions, forms, and format that must be addressed and used to capture your qualifications for the job. Be sure to submit all required documents and pay close attention to the application due date and application procedures, which will vary depending on the job and the department component.

Persons with Disabilities who hold a certification eligibility letter from a State Vocational Rehabilitation Office or the Department of Veterans Affairs may apply for Homeland Security employment opportunities through one of several special hiring authorities. Applicants with certification eligibility letters may apply directly to a Homeland Security Selective Placement Coordinator to be considered for a job.

4. Interview for the Job

The names of best-qualified candidates will be forwarded to the supervisor or hiring official. If you are one of the best-qualified candidates, the supervisor or hiring official may interview you in person or by telephone, or in rare cases may hire you based solely on your application materials. Selection procedures are subject to Federal Civil Service laws, which ensure that all applicants receive fair and equal treatment in the hiring process.

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