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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

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

What is 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

To meet new National Institute of Standards of Technology requirements for secure validation and verification, uses two-factor authentication and stronger passwords. By using, 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 account will be linked to your USAJOBS profile. The only difference is that you will use your email address, password, and security code to sign in to USAJOBS.

What do I need to do?

Create a 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 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. will send a security code to your phone.
5. Finish setting up your 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 email address, password, and security code every time you sign into USAJOBS.

What if I already have a account?

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

What email address do I use to create a account?

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

If you use a different email address when signing up for, 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 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 account set-up process.

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

When you first create your 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 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.