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NASA's Recruitment Process has Changed!

Effective October 1, 2005, under a Federal-wide initiative called Recruitment One-Stop, NASA STARS began using new job search and application tools.

On October 1, we became fully integrated with the USAJOBS site, so that you may seamlessly create a resume, search for jobs, and apply on-line – all using links found on the pages you are using.

Below you will find a summary of the changes. For complete information, please review our updated Applicant Guide.


  • As of October 1, if you are applying electronically, you must use the USAJOBS resume builder, available once you set up a USAJOBS account. You may have up to 5 resumes on your USAJOBS account. Please note that although USAJOBS resumes do not have any overall length restrictions, as a matter of good business practice, NASA still limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately 6 typed pages (or approximately 32,000 characters). We will NOT accept resumes that don’t meet our length restrictions.
  • You will now be able to submit different resumes to different NASA vacancies on the same day. This is a change from our previous practice, which required you to maintain a single resume of record at any given time. Many applicants have expressed interest in submitting different resumes for different jobs open at the same time, and we are pleased to be able to offer this feature to you.
  • If you wish to receive information about vacancies meeting your interests, you may use the OPM job notification service, also available through a USAJOBS account. If you are a NASA employee and wish to receive information about vacancies open only to NASA employees, you must use the “NASA Civil Servant Job Search” link, which will be available when you begin your job search on NASAJOBS.
  • If you want information about the status of jobs to which you applied after October 1st, that information will be available through your USAJOBS account. (Note: This feature will not be available until approximately mid-November. Until then we will notify you separately about the outcome of your applications.) Information about jobs to which you applied before October 1 will continue to be available through your NASA STARS account.


The process will be very similar to the one you used before October 1, and job announcements continue to provide information on submitting a hard copy application. To apply electronically:

1. Set up a USAJOBS account, where you may create as many as five USAJOBS resumes.

2. Go to USAJOBS (or use a link on NASAJOBS to go to the USAJOBS site) and search for NASA vacancies.

3. Once you’ve found a job for which you wish to apply, click the ‘Apply on Line’ button and select the USAJOBS resume you want to use.

4. Once you do that, you will be asked to complete the NASA supplemental information. Except for SES positions, which require narrative statements, this information is very brief and should only take you a few minutes to complete. You must finish and submit it, however, in order to have a complete application and receive consideration.

And that’s all there is to it!


As of October 1, we accept electronic applications, although we will continue to accept hard copy applications if you are unable to apply on-line. The process is virtually the same as for non-SES positions, except that you must complete narrative statements on your Executive Core Qualifications and Technical Qualifications. We encourage you to complete that information separately off-line, and ‘paste’ it into the on-line form. The SES announcements and the Applicant Guide contain complete information.


Although you won’t be able to apply using your NASA STARS resume after October 1, resumes created on the NASA STARS builder will be available to copy and use for creating a USAJOBS resume or for other employment activities. This service is available as long as you had a NASA STARs account prior to October 1, 2005. The NASA STARS account web site provides detailed information on what to do. We encourage you to save your NASA STARS resume soon, as we will not have this feature permanently available.


These changes do not affect how NASA evaluates and refers applicants. We will continue to use Resumix software to assist in electronically rating and ranking your resume. For NASA employees, there are no changes in our internal competitive placement procedures.