Our daily news is filled with stories of inequality and injustice as our country still struggles with equality and rights of our working citizens. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a government agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. Are you ready to make a difference and help protect against discrimination? Then a government job with the EEOC may be a right fit for you.
According to the Office of Personnel Management, there are about 2.3 million federal civilian employees and about a quarter of them are now eligible for retirement. As government agencies begin to lose older workers, the goal is to find experienced replacements. Many federal departments are unable to fill these positions internally with qualified applicants, at which time they seek the ideal candidate externally. If you are looking for a career, or maybe a second-act career, a government job may be just want you’re looking for! The government web portal USAjobs.gov is an excellent starting point to learn about federal agencies and the positions they need to fill. You can search the site by your location, the type of job you want, and the department you’d like to work in. For example, if you want to work for the EEOC, search that agency for EEOC jobs.
To help you find and apply for federal jobs, follow these recommendations and you’ll be able to land a job with the EEOC in no time!
- Get familiar with the territory. With hundreds of agencies and departments, the federal government creates its own mission and culture for each. Take the time to find those that are a good match for your interests, skill set, and experience.
- Search available job opportunities. As you will see, there are plenty of opportunities for people with all types of backgrounds and experience ranging from attorneys to statisticians, to health care providers to museum personnel. All federal agencies are required to list their openings publicly and most do so on USAjobs.gov. But some agencies prefer to post on their own sites, so be sure to check those too.
- Engage your network. Use online tools to connect with colleagues and former employers to network with people or groups who are tied to or work with the federal government agencies. Social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter are great avenues for research and means for access to employees already working in government.
- Ask questions! If you know someone who is a government employee talk to them and about openings and gain insight on the application and interview process. If you are in college, check with your college’s career services to see if there is a relationship with any government agencies or recruiters in your field of study.
- Be resumé ready. The terminology used by the federal government can be tricky, so get familiar with job descriptions and key words or phrases and incorporate them into your resumé. GoGovernment.org is a great resource for government jobs and building a resume for a government position.
- Apply for a job. Create an account on USAjobs.com by entering your profile information. Once the account is created you can then search jobs in the database. When you find a job of interest review the qualifications and evaluation section to determine if you qualify for the position. Carefully follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each job posting. You can log into your account for updates and application status for positions you’ve applied. Follow up with agencies with additional questions; agency contact information will be available upon resume submission.
- Be patient. It can take four months or longer to get a job offer. While federal agencies aim to fill most openings within 80 days, the actual time from application to hire will vary based on the department’s needs and resources. So be prepared to wait it out. Your patience could be well rewarded.
Before looking at any career job announcement, answer this question: what is most important to you in your career? Keep in mind that there are hundreds of agencies, professional fields, and locations for federal employment. This creates a network of approximately two million employees and thousands of open positions. If you are not clear on what you want, do your homework and find a good fit for your skills and experience. On the flipside, if you know what you’re looking for, like an EEOC job, go for it! If you need career training on how to become certified as an EEO investigator or counselor in the federal industry, contact the professionals at PREEMPT Corp.
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