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Vol. LXI, No. 16
August 7, 2009

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Online Tutorials for NIH Applicants

The Office of Human Resources has developed three online training tutorials to assist applicants with applying to jobs at NIH. Each tutorial is no longer than 15 minutes and can be viewed directly from the NIH jobs web page. All can be found at

The How to Apply to the NIH tutorial was created to walk applicants through establishing a USAJOBS account, creating a federal résumé, creating Job Search Agents in USAJOBS and uploading and submitting supporting documentation into the USAJOBS system. Additionally, the tutorial discusses the different areas of an NIH vacancy announcement.

The Checking Your Applicant Status tutorial reviews the fundamentals of checking an application’s status on USAJOBS. The tutorial teaches applicants how to view the status of the application they have submitted, reviews how to request an email confirmation that their application has been received and reviews the different application job status codes (such as Referred for Selection Consideration, Qualified Not Referred, etc.) and what those codes mean.

The third and newest tutorial is Federalizing Your Résumé, which walks applicants through creating a strong and informative résumé. The tutorial examines the benefits of working for NIH, reviews examples of well written and poorly written résumés and goes over each section of a typical résumé to assist applicants in strengthening each section.

In addition, the NIH Jobs web page has been updated with a wealth of tools and information. Video clips of NIH staff discussing their jobs and experiences have been added along with employee stories, a slide show that highlights available NIH jobs and new job descriptions. The site also has a search function that allows job seekers to search all job repositories where NIH positions are listed, including USAJOBS, research and training opportunities and fellowships.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2009-2010 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” is now open. The course will run from Oct. 19 through Mar. 9, 2010. The deadline for registering is Oct. 9. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit training/ippcr/application.html or call (301) 496-9425.

FAES Class on Art Songs

The fall semester of FAES classes will include “Art Songs, a Guided Tour,” which will feature lectures and live performances. The course will explore European and American art songs from the classical period to the 20th century. The lectures are intended for music lovers of all kinds, whether they have formal music training, a little background or none at all. For more information call (301) 496-7976 or visit

COPR Nomination Process is Open

The NIH director is seeking applicants to fill vacant appointments for the 2010 Council of Public Representatives (COPR) roster. Nominations are due Sept. 25 and are available at the web address below.

The COPR advises the NIH director on cross-cutting issues related to medical research and health issues of public interest that ultimately promote individual, family and community health. The council consists of up to 21 individuals who are selected from among the diverse communities that benefit from, and have an interest in, NIH research, programs and activities.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form online, visit To request a nomination form by mail, contact the COPR staff by phone at (301) 650-8660, ext. 275, by fax at (301) 650-8676, or by email at

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