The OF-612 (Federal Employment Application, Optional Form 612)

The OF-612 is one of the acceptable application forms for Federal employment. Applicants can apply using an OF-612, SF 171, Federal Resume, or any other written format of their choice. Be sure your application provides all of the required information (OF-510 and vacancy announcement requirements), or you may lose consideration for a job.

The OF-612 basically requests the same information as the SF 171 but in a more concise format. Carefully follow the instructions when completing the application. Although this form is meant to reduce paperwork, be sure to include all of your skills and qualifications which meet the requirements in the vacancy announcement. If you need to attach continuation sheets to illustrate all of your qualifications, do so. Personnel who read and screen your application are searching for "buzzwords" or "keywords" that show you are a fit for the position. As with all application forms, it is strongly recommended that you professionally write the information in typewritten form.

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