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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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introduction and learning objectives
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
how federal government jobs are filled
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    • The SF-171 is obsolete
classes of jobs
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)

eligibility for federal government employment
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
veterans preference for employment
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?

veterans preference for employment cont
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
spouse employment
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
where to locate federal government jobs
Where to Locate Federal Government Jobs
  • See Federal Job Listing Web Sites handout
  • Additional Resources
how to search for a federal government job
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

creating an account
Creating an Account
  • See How to Create an Account handout
  • Review the steps in the handout
    • step 7: Creating a Résumé
building your federal r sum
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

r sum and ksa tips
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
r sum and ksa tips cont
Résumé and KSA Tips (Cont.)
  • Be concise
  • Sell yourself
  • Be judicious
  • Use numbers to highlight your accomplishments
how to view announcements
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
applying for jobs online
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
using the job search agent
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
summary and lessons learned
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