Inside HR — Part Two: USAJOBs Profile Building
This article is the second in a series entitled “INSIDE HR — Military Spouse Employment Series” that helps provide invaluable insight into the job searching and acquisition process.
Federal Hiring Process
Because the positions are federally funded, agencies must comply with laws and regulations regarding the three different appointing authorities. Military spouses may be eligible for one or more categories, but for this series we’ll focus on competitive service. To learn more about the overall federal hiring process click here.
Celebrating its 20th year, the USAJOBs home page provides a wealth of user-friendly information. Topics include unique hiring paths — to include one for Military Spouses — and urgent hiring needs (i.e., Explore Opportunities).
Are you ready to apply or learn more? Let’s do this in five easy steps!
Create a Profile > Search > Review Jobs > Prepare Application > Submit Application
Step 1: Create a profile
It’s free! You can search for jobs without logging in, however, you’ll be unable to use key features like the military spouse filter.
- Contact Information (Required). Includes your home address, phone number, and alternate forms of contact.
- Eligibility (Required). Citizenship, selective service eligibility, military service (remember the “family member eligible for derived preference” from Military Spouse Employment #1), and federal employment status.
- Demographics. You are not required to provide any demographic information. When reviewing some of the applications you’ll discover why sharing this information may be helpful to recruiters.
For example, when applying for a federal job, I was reluctant to note my PTSD. Then thought, “Wait a minute! The federal government can’t discriminate against me for that!” Still fearful, I noted my condition and was contacted to interview for a GS-15 (colonel/Navy or USCG captain-equivalent) military service policy director position at the Pentagon. Key: Don’t let fear hold you back from your dreams!
[HINT: You are not required to provide demographics and preferences; however, the information could be helpful for your search and recruiters reviewing your application(s).]
- Preferences. Another optional area, noting your preferences in this area (e.g., Military Spouse) may be helpful if your resume is searchable (see next item). For example, if a job is posted or the federal organization knows a position’s coming open they could find you if your preferences met their needs.
a. Resume. You can upload more than one resume to keep in this section (e.g., one generic and a few job-specific resumes). You can also select one as a searchable resume so recruiters can find you. Also provided are helpful tutorials to help you create and modify your stellar resume.
Recommendation: Include the job announcement number in the title to alleviate confusion if maintaining more than one resume.
b. Other documents. Recruiters will specify required documents in the job announcement. Like the resume, you can keep the documents in this area for the job you’re applying for and could submit for future job announcements. Examples include applicable license or certificate, college transcripts, the organization’s Occupational Questionnaire, and Proof of Eligibility to apply for the position.
Recommendation: Include the job announcement number in the title of each document you’re submitting for the position. If applicable, I recommend updating dates within the document before submitting to ensure the information is current.
Ready to search for a federal job? Check out blog #3 in the Military Spouse Employment series this Thursday
About the blogger
Dr. Kat Strus (rhymes with Seuss) retired as a lieutenant colonel after serving 24-plus years as an active duty USAF Personnel (Human Resources) officer. With an eclectic skill set, her passion is writing. An accomplished vocalist, she can currently sing anthems for 48 nations in 32 languages…so far