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Module 5: Federal Government Job Search and Application Introduction and Learning Objectives Learn how to look for jobs with the federal government Learn more about hiring categories Understand veteran and spouse preferences

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Module 5:Federal Government Job Search and Application


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Introduction and Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to look for jobs with the federal government

  • Learn more about hiring categories

  • Understand veteran and spouse preferences

  • Learn how to apply for a federal government job, to include filling out job applications

  • Learn how to construct Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) statements


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How Federal Government Jobs Are Filled

  • How the Federal Government fills jobs

    • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

    • Differences in federal vs. civilian hiring

  • Today

    • OPM no longer maintains registers of eligibles

    • Applicants can mail, fax their résumé, or apply online using their résumé in My USAJOBS

    • Job seekers do not need a rating from OPM to apply for non-clerical vacancies

    • Only a few positions require a written test

    • The SF-171 is obsolete


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Classes of Jobs

  • Competitive Service

    • Subject to the civil service laws passed by Congress

    • Selecting officials have broader authority to review more than one applicant source

  • Excepted Service

    • Set their own qualification requirements

    • Subject to veterans' preference

    • Only option at certain

      federal agencies (FBI and CIA)


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Eligibility for Federal Government Employment

  • For competitive service positions, agencies can choose from:

    • A competitive list of eligibles

    • A list of eligibles who have civil service status

    • A list of eligibles that qualify for a special noncompetitive appointing authority established by law or executive order

  • See Hiring Categories handout


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Veterans’ Preference for Employment

  • Recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform in times of strife

  • Restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment

  • Acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans

    How do you determine your

    Veterans’ Preference

    category?


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Veterans’ Preference for Employment (cont.)

  • How do you determine your Veterans’ Preference category?

    • Veterans’ Preferences handout

    • Veterans’ Preference Advisor at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/choice.htm

    • Veterans’ Info Guide at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

    • The http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/veteranscenter/ section of the USAJOBS Web site


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Spouse Employment

  • Military Spouse Preference

    • Apply 30 days before to six months after sponsor's relocation regardless of information listed under the “Who May Apply” section

    • Meet another hiring category (Veterans Recruitment Appointment, reinstatement eligible, etc.)

    • Enter the date of sponsor relocation and the location of the new duty station in the “Others” block under “Additional Information of My Resume”

    • Provide copies:

      • Sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders

      • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50


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Where to Locate Federal Government Jobs

  • See Federal Job Listing Web Sites handout

  • Additional Resources


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How to Search for a Federal Government Job

  • Visit the Tutorial on the USAJOBS Web site

    • http://www.usajobs.gov/firsttimers.asp

    • step-by-step process of how to search for federal government jobs

      See How to Search for Federal Government Jobs handout


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Creating an Account

  • See How to Create an Account handout

  • Review the steps in the handout

    • step 7: Creating a Résumé


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Building Your Federal Résumé

  • USAJOBS ResumeBuilder

    • Allows you to create one uniform résumé

    • Work Smart: build your résumé once, use for all job opportunities

  • Existing resume

  • Form OF-612

  • See ResumeBuilder Tutorial handout

Use the Resume Builder Tutorial onthe USAJOBS Web site for a step-by-step guide on how to develop your federal résumé


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Résumé and KSA Tips

  • Attend the Résumé and Cover Letters class offered by the CRMC

  • Pay attention to keywords

  • Study job announcements

  • Remember:

    • Just one keyword can have tremendous power and deliver a huge message

    • A single keyword communicates multiple skills and qualifications


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Résumé and KSA Tips (Cont.)

  • Be concise

  • Sell yourself

  • Be judicious

  • Use numbers to highlight your accomplishments


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How to View Announcements

  • Reference USAJOBS Web site tutorial for the steps of viewing job announcements

  • See How to View Announcements and Apply for Jobs handout

    • Steps 1 through 11


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Applying for Jobs Online

  • See How to View Announcements and Apply for Jobs handout

    • Steps 12 through 21

    • Provides details on how to apply for federal government jobs directly from the USAJOBS Web site


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Using the Job Search Agent

  • Identifies the types of jobs and locations for employment you are interested in

  • Searches the database of jobs for matches

  • Notifies you when future jobs are posted that match your profile

  • See Using the Job Search Agenthandout


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Summary and Lessons Learned

Today, we have:

  • Learned about eligibility requirements for federal government jobs

  • Learned how and where to look for federal government jobs

  • Learned how to apply for federal government jobs, using the online federal resume

  • Looked at tips on how to construct a federal résumé and KSAs


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