Finding a Position
If you are a person with a disability and seeking a career with a Federal agency, there are certain things to consider, including how these agencies fill jobs - competitively and non-competitively. You should also understand the documentation you need to provide of your disability status, as well as meet the qualification requirements for the jobs for which you are applying. Below is more details information on securing a Federal agency position.
Jobs Filled Competitively
Jobs that are filled competitively are advertised through USAJOBS and other job boards. You can apply for these jobs the standard way, by completing the corresponding job application. In some instances; however, the job advertisement may indicate that you need to submit additional information about your job qualifications. Read the job ad carefully to make sure you are submitting all the necessary documentation.
Jobs Filled Non-competitively
People with disabilities, including Mental Retardation, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities, who have documentation from a medical professional or other licensed specialist, can apply for non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Through Schedule A, eligible individuals with disability status can apply for and be appointed to positions in Federal agencies without competition. If you are a disabled individual seeking employment with a Federal agency, you will need to provide documentation when you apply for a Schedule A position, including:
- Disability status – This is usually in the form of a letter from your doctor or other licensed professional stating your disability. This letter should outline the type of disability you have (no need for a medical history) and that you are able to perform essential functions of the job, as well as any accommodations you may require.
- "Job ready" status – This is usually demonstrated through a resume and references, either verbally or in writing from someone who can stipulate your skills and that you is able to perform duties of a specific job.
Finding a Federal Position
You can apply for employment directly to Federal agencies or via online job boards. If you are applying directly, ask for the Selective Placement or Disability Employment coordinator, or if not available the hiring or HR manager if you want to submit your application directly. You will also want to submit your resume via the regular job posting announcement on the job board. Make sure you follow-up to determine the status of your disability status.
If you are looking to build a career with the Federal government, here are some resources to find job postings.
- Use the federal government’s official Web site USAJOBS at http://usajobs.gov/.
- Visit our job boards, here.