The following information will provide you with valuable information to assist with completing your online application.
- Completion Of Your Application Package
Do Your Research
Start by reviewing each of our career paths by category on CIA.gov. Within each category you will find positions the Agency is currently looking to fill. Each description provides information about the career path in general, including the minimum requirements and salary levels.
Save the position(s) that interest you in the job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. The job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click “Apply Now” before you close the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.
The first step in the application process will be to create an account. Once your account is created you will have 3 days to complete and submit your application. At the end of 3 days, whether you submit your application or not, your account will be disabled!
If you used the job cart to select the positions of interest you can skip the job search step. If you wish to add, delete or select different positions once you have begun the application please use the job search function in the application. You can search for positions by “Category”. The information included in this section should mirror the basic information you saw when researching the View All Career Opportunities page.
Apply for the position(s) for which you meet the minimum qualifications, and have a serious interest in obtaining employment. You may apply for up to four (4) positions. A recruiter will review your application and skills, and if an appropriate position is identified you will be contacted.
Applying for additional positions for which you are not qualified, or have no interest in will only delay the assessment of your application, and will not improve your chances of being offered a position.
Once you have selected the position(s) you wish to seek, you can begin the “Application Package”. The package is lengthy and includes completing three separate forms requesting detailed information about yourself.
Note: If you select additional positions after you begin the application package, you will need to return to the “Expertise” section of the application, as additional information may needed.
The Application requires you to provide information about your:
- Expertise: experiences (including years); knowledge, skills, and abilities; majors and concentrations
- Work History (current & previous employment)
- Certifications and Licenses
- Foreign Area Knowledge
- Military Experience
- Languages and Proficiency Levels
You will be asked to complete our "Personnel Evaluation Form (PEF)." This form includes information about:
- Security Clearances
- Background Investigations
- Selective Service (if applicable)
- Military Discharges/Disciplinary Proceedings
- Employment Issues
- Drug Use & Activity
- Violations of Law
- Criminal Convictions
- Delinquent Federal Debt
- Peace Corps Employment/Association
Completion Of Your Application Package
Once you have completed the entire package, make sure to save and/or print your forms. As you move through the hiring process you may need to refer back to these forms. After you “Submit” your application, your account will be disabled and you will no longer be able to access the data. Once you have saved and/or printed your forms, “Submit” your package for review by our recruitment officers.
Upon successful submission of the package, a confirmation message will appear on your screen. This is the only acknowledgment that you will receive. DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing.
Be prepared to undergo a thorough background investigation examining your life's history, your character, trustworthiness, reliability and soundness of judgment. We also examine your freedom from conflicting allegiances, potential to be coerced, and willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling and the protection of sensitive information. The Agency uses the polygraph to check the veracity of this information. The hiring process also includes a thorough mental and physical medical examination in relation to performing essential job functions.