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Federal Employment Online Resources and Websites

By Diane Hudson Burns

The federal government offers many links to seek open vacancy announcements, post resumes, and track applications. Many agencies use the same federal resume builders; others use specific to their agency resume builders. Review the following list and check out the opportunities available at these different online sites:

Employment Sites and Resume Builders for Various Agencies

Army Resumix - (Civilian Personnel Online / (CPOL) including Europe; 20,000 characters total)
http://acpol.army.mil/employment/

AVUE - (Resume Builder / 4,000 characters per employment block)
https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/central/control/

Navy / Chart Resume Builder (7,500 characters per employment block)
https://chart.donhr.navy.mil

QuickHire is a resume builder application for certain federal agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Land Management and others (Resume Builder / Online Application System for various agencies)
https://jobs1.quickhire.com/scripts/doc.exe/runuserinfo?Haveusedbefore=8
https://jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/dot_ca.exe

USAJOBS is the Federal government’s official employment website and now links to uploaded the resume to many agencies including Air Force, NRC, and many others: (Resume Builder / 3,000 characters per employment block / houses 5 resumes including an SES version with ECQs)
http://www.USAJOBS.OPM.GOV

Resume Documents Management System and Self-Assessment Questions with Essays:

Application Manager
https://www.applicationmanager.gov/

Performance System

National Security Personnel System (NSPS)
http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/

NSPS 101:
http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/nsps101/nsps/frameset.htm?flash=true&browser=Internet%20Explorer&version=7

Understanding Senior Executive Service (Above GS-15):
http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/SES_Quals_Guide_2006.pdf

Specialized Sites (Search for Jobs and Post Resumes)

TARP Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, US Department of the Treasury, Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
http://www.ustreas.gov/initiatives/eesa/jobs.shtml

Defense Intelligence Agency
http://www.dia.mil/employment/index.htm

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
http://www.fdic.gov/about/jobs/index.html

Student Jobs (Check this site out for entry-level positions)
http://jobsearch.studentjobs.gov/

General Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics site with detailed information on employment and industry trends. Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.stats.bls.gov/home.htm

Career Guide to Industries (included in the BLS site above)
http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/home.htm

Office of Personnel Management
http://www.opm.gov/index.asp

Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards - Job Grading
http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/html/gsseries.asp

Government Forms
http://www.opm.gov/forms

Program for Baby Boomers

Partnership for Public Service and IBM Team to Steer Baby Boomers to Mission Critical Government Jobs
See Press Release

Presidential Appointments

The Prune Book (Presidential appointments)
http://www.excellenceintransition.org/ (Overview)

Plum Book: The Plum Book is published by the U.S. Congress to facilitate the process of all presidential appointments
http://www.excellenceintransition.org/plum/?navItemNumber=9746

Pay Schedules

General Schedule Pay Tables
http://www.opm.gov/oca/08tables/index.asp

National Security Personnel System (NSPS) Pay Tables
hhttp://www.cpms.osd.mil/wage/wage_sched_suppl.aspx

Benefits

Flexible Spending Accounts
https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance
http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave
http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance
http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance
http://www.ltcfeds.com

Retirement Program
http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp