How to Apply to Federal Jobs: Webinar

 Marketing Director   March 7, 2019  Career Advice

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The federal job application process can be daunting, as you navigate lengthy online forms and strict deadlines. Through this webinar, you’ll learn how to make your application stand out when searching for jobs at government agencies, labs, and institutions. Learn from the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Resources Specialists.

This webinar covers veterans’ preference, the federal recruiting cycle, and helpful resources from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Discover the best times of year to search for, and apply to, federal jobs. You’ll also learn what differentiates the federal job application process from the private or nonprofit sectors.

Whether you’re a recent graduate of a public policy program, a newly retired veteran searching for a second career, or a job seeker considering a career shift, you’ll gain critical knowledge as you explore a rewarding, service-oriented career in the federal government. Federal employers that are HERC members include Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Naval Academy, the Naval Post Graduate School, the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

If you would like a transcript for this webinar, please email You may also read follow-up questions and answers from the webinar here.

Presenter: Regina Anderson, Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment)

Regina joined the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Human Resources in December 2012 as a HR Specialist, Business Partner. She provides recruitment and placement services for a variety of museums and research centers for the Smithsonian. Regina currently specializes in outreach and diversity as well as the Schedule A Hiring Authority for Persons with Disabilities. Regina has over 20 years of experience working in Human Resources. She graduated from Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (Government) and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science in (Human Resources) Management.

John Chiu, Jr., Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment)

John Chiu, Jr. graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and then earned a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. John started working for the Federal Government in 2002 and joined the Smithsonian in 2009. He specializes in recruitment and serves as the Systems Administrator for the Smithsonian’s Talent Acquisition System (Monster) and the Pathways Program Officer for the Institution.

Lisa Collins, Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment)

Lisa Collins graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has over ten years of experience working in Human Resources. Lisa joined the Smithsonian Institution in August 2016 as a Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment) in the Office of Human Resources. She specializes in the recruitment and placement of Trust and Federal employees with non-competitive hiring authorities, including Veteran and Military Spouse recruitments.