When is a hiring freeze not a hiring freeze? When you’re applying to one of the few federal departments such as Defense that President Trump wants to grow. Or when the president lifts the hiring freeze, as he did on April 12 – almost grudgingly. Or when a department or agency continues to take applications and conduct interviews, anticipating the authority to make an actual job offer in the near future.
So what’s the bottom line for federal job seekers? For select groups of potential candidates – such as veterans and servicemen and women preparing to separate from the military – it means that now is the time to apply. Let’s sample military-to-DoD vacancies recently posted on USAJOBS.gov.
It’s hard to imagine a more natural fit for someone with the requisite military experience than Supervisory Demand/Supply Chain Analyst with the civilian Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. The position requires both military logistics skills and a understanding of business processes typically associated with experience in the private sector. The job pays $92,387 to $120,102 per year.
Nearly all organizations – military or civilian – require HR professionals, and the Defense Department will likely need more of them as it expands under a Republican president and congress. DoD agencies posted a vacancy for Human Resources Specialist for recruitment and placement in Fort Huachuca, Az., with a salary of $60,524 to $78,678. Former servicemen and women are eligible to to apply under the Veterans Recruitment Appointment or the Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Act, as are veterans with a service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.
Vacancies for military-to-Defense transitioners can be found in every region of the country. A recent civilian posting sought a Supervisory Procurement & Contract Manager for the Army Acquisition Support Center in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., at $103,842 to $158,793 per year. The successful candidate will direct, review and coordinate production of a system for the Missiles & Space Lower Tier Project Office.
The Veterans Health Administration, which has long struggled to fill thousands of vacancies, seeks a Psychology Program Manager / Assistant Chief Medical Executive for Research & Development, in North Chicago, Ill. The job, which pays $111,801 to $145,342 per year, entails giving direct patient care, providing consults on challenging cases, and training staff.
Here’s an interesting civilian job for a military woman or man with the right credentials: Investigator for Whistleblower Reprisal in the Office of Inspector General in Alexandria, Va., paying $94,796 to $123,234 annually. The person selected for this role will investigate complaints of reprisal for whistleblowing by military members, DoD civilian employees and contractors.
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