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USAJOBS is the most common way to apply for a federal job. Before applying, you must create a USAJOBS profile on USAJOBS.gov.

If you currently have a USAJOBS account, you will need to update it because of the new login procedures. If you do not have an account, create one before applying to any federal job. Note that USAJOBS has moved to a two-factor authentication system through login.gov.

What is login.gov?

Login.gov offers secure and private online access to government programs such as federal benefits, services, and applications. With an account, you can sign in to multiple government websites with the same email address and password.

Why is USAJOBS using login.gov?

To meet new National Institute of Standards of Technology requirements for secure validation and verification, login.gov uses two-factor authentication and stronger passwords. By using login.gov, applicants will receive more security to help protect their USAJOBS profile.

What will happen to my USAJOBS profile?

All the information stored in your USAJOBS profile will stay put. You will keep all your applications, saved searches, and saved jobs.

Your login.gov account will be linked to your USAJOBS profile. The only difference is that you will use your login.gov email address, password, and security code to sign in to USAJOBS.

What do I need to do?

Create a login.gov account if you don not already have one. Your old USAJOBS username and password will not work anymore. Follow these next steps:
1. Create a login.gov account – you only need to do this once.
2. Enter your email address (use the same email address you use for USAJOBS).
3. Create a new password.
4. login.gov will send a security code to your phone.
5. Finish setting up your login.gov account.

From there, go back to USAJOBS to finish the process. Double check your profile to make sure all of your information is accurate.

You will have to use your login.gov email address, password, and security code every time you sign into USAJOBS.

What if I already have a login.gov account?

You will not need to create a second one. Use your existing login.gov email address, password, and security code to sign in to USAJOBS.

What email address do I use to create a login.gov account?

Use your primary or secondary USAJOBS email when you create your login.gov account. When you use the same email that you use for USAJOBS, it will automatically link your USAJOBS profile to the login.gov account.

If you use a different email address when signing up for login.gov, you will not be able to automatically link your profile. However, you can use your USAJOBS primary or secondary email address to help you recover your profile.

We recommend you don’t use a .gov, .mil or .edu email address. Instead, use a personal (non-government) email address when you create your login.gov account.

Note: Do not use an email address you share with someone else.

Why shouldn’t I use a .gov, .edu, or .mil email address?

If you use a .gov, .edu, or .mil email as your primary email address, and you leave your government or military position or school, you will no longer have access to that email address anymore.

Therefore, it will be much harder to verify who you are if you need to reset your password. You also will not receive emails about jobs and other important USAJOBS information. Besides, it is simply more professional to not use your employer’s email when conducting your job search.

Using a personal email address that you control (Gmail or Yahoo) is the best way to make sure you can always get to important USAJOBS messaging and profile information.

What if I currently use a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address for my USAJOBS primary email?

If you currently use a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address for USAJOBS, you can change it AFTER you get through the login.gov account set-up process.

Can I use a different email address from my USAJOBS email address, when setting up my login.gov account?

When you first create your login.gov account, you need to use the same email address you currently use for USAJOBS. This will let us link your USAJOBS profile information to your new account. If you want to change your email address, do it AFTER you have successfully linked your profile and login.gov account.

Nancy Segal is a federal human resources training and job search expert. Following her own 30-year federal HR career (much of it at the senior level), she founded Solutions for the Workplace LLC in 2003 to provide an HR management perspective to both federal managers and astute applicants to U.S. government positions. Nancy has unmatched federal career management insight, high standards, and respect for people’s time, and her clients use this to their advantage.