By Kathryn Troutman, Author, Ten Steps to a Federal Job, and former military spouse
Would you like to have a job on a military base? How about having the knowledge that when your spouse receives new orders and you relocate, you could land another federal job that could possibly have promotion potential and even a retirement? A federal job is the best employment possibility for a military spouse, because there are federal agencies and government jobs on or near every military base in the world! However, landing your first federal job is very challenging.
Most military spouses know about USAJOBS and will look there for federal jobs that might be in the geographic location of their next duty station. What many spouses do not know is that there are two other sources of federal jobs to consider. Check out the three options below for finding and applying for federal jobs.
USAJOBS.gov is the official website for government jobs, managed by the Office of Personnel Management. Here you will find jobs for most federal agencies. This website is a great starting place for federal jobs in your geographic region as the search engine allows you to be very specific. You can even save your searches and have notifications sent right to you when there is an announcement that matches your interests! The USAJOBS system is an online application, so you will be required to complete a profile, upload your documents, and add your resume to the USAJOBS builder. THEN you can apply for jobs. The USAJOBS system will also give you feedback and results for your federal job applications.
Program S allows you to apply for Department of Defense (DoD) government civilian jobs on or near the military base where your spouse is stationed and where you live. You would need to register with the base’s human resources office (HRO) to get on the Program S registry. You cannot register online. The human resources representative would put your resume into the Program S database and score your resume for the type of position and grade level that they see in your resume. Your resume has to be really good to get a high score and grade level acceptance, because there is NO interview process for these positions, so your resume really needs to sell YOU. Program S and USAJOBS work together. After you register on Program S, you would find a position on USAJOBS and apply for it. If you are found Best Qualified, you will be contacted by HRO. Program S is a bit complex, so you should contact your installation’s Civilian Personnel Advisory/Human Resources Center once you have orders for your new duty station, or within 2 years of your service member’s last accompanied PCS tour.
NAF Jobs are Morale, Welfare, Recreation positions that support military bases. The salaries and expenses of Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) positions come from the fees and services provided by the morale and welfare programs and services on the base. NAF positions may or may not be listed on USAJOBS. These are government jobs that are funded by fees raised by the military base services, such as the bowling alley, food services, gym, pool, and other family and military member services for quality of life. These jobs pay as well as other government jobs. You can find NAF jobs listed on these websites. You would apply for these positions online at each of these sites. There is no central database for NAF jobs.
Navy NAF Jobs: www.navymwr.org/jobs/
Air Force NAF Jobs: www.nafjobs.org/about.aspx
US Marine Corps, MCCS Civilian Careers: www.usmc-mccs.org/careers/#.VO9w7_nF-tY
US Army Family and MWR Jobs: www.armymwr.com/hr/employment.aspx
US Coast Guard NAF Center of Excellence Jobs: www.uscg.mil/csc/naf.asp
This post addresses these steps from the Ten Steps to a Federal Job:
- Step 1: Review the Federal Job Hiring Process
- Step 3: Research Vacancy Announcements on USAJOBS
- Step 8: Write Your Outline Format and Paper Format Federal Resume