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USA Jobs for People with Disabilities and Veterans

  • Published: 2009-08-18 (Revised/Updated 2017-04-28) : Thomas C. Weiss (Disabled World).
  • Synopsis: The USA Jobs website is a place where people with disabilities and veterans can go in order to find employment with the federal government.

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Quote: "The federal government has a hiring authority for the purpose of hiring persons with mental retardation, psychiatric disabilities, and severe physical disabilities."

The USA Jobs website is a place where people with disabilities and veterans can go in order to find employment with the federal government.

The site offers persons with disabilities and veterans a variety of different services and options where employment is concerned. The jobs that are presented through the different sections of the website are well-structured and give people opportunities to become involved in jobs across a wide-range of fields.

Federal agencies fill open positions in two different ways, either competitively, or non-competitively. Persons who have disabilities can apply for jobs through either method. Those who are selected for a job have to meet any qualifications that the job requires of course, and have to be able to perform the duties associated with the job as well - with or without reasonable accommodation.

The jobs that are filled competitively have instruction in the postings for the job related to how a person can apply. There are about sixteen-thousand job postings available for people to browse through every day. There are a couple of ways that people can complete an application for a job through USA Jobs. One of these ways is through the Federal Job Search and Application Form OF-612. Another way is through the Online Resume Builder. Most of the ads for jobs also require people to submit additional information concerning their qualifications for the job they are applying for.

One of the features of the USA Jobs site is the ability to register to have email sent to you every day that matches the kinds of jobs you are interested in getting. The email notices last for one-hundred and twenty days, but you can renew these notices before they expire. When you are looking for federal employment, this feature is a nice one to have.

People with certain kinds of disabilities, such as Mental Retardation, Psychiatric Disabilities, or Severe Physical Disabilities, who also have documentation from a licensed medical professional, can apply for non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. People with disabilities and this kind of documentation can apply directly to agencies' selective placement coordinators or their equivalent in order to be considered for jobs through USA Jobs or other federal employment. People with disabilities who are eligible need to send in their resume and documentation to these placement coordinators. Disabled veterans can also be considered for hiring programs for disabled veterans if they have a disability rating through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Schedule A jobs have two requirements associated with them where people with disabilities are concerned. First, the person with a disability has to provide proof that they are indeed someone with mental retardation, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. The person has to provide this proof before they can be hired. The proof required can be in the form of documentation that they receive from a medical professional, or a state or private vocational rehabilitation specialist. Proof can also be obtained from a government agency that issues disability benefits.

Second, the person has to obtain a certificate of job readiness. The certificate is essentially a statement that they are likely to succeed in performing the job they are applying for. A person can get this certificate from the same place they obtain their proof of disability, and it can be on the same documentation as their proof of disability, or a separate document. People who have proof of disability, but no certification of job readiness, are still eligible for hire; they are just at the discretion of the hiring agency as far as placement in the position.

The federal government has a hiring authority for the purpose of hiring persons with mental retardation, psychiatric disabilities, and severe physical disabilities. You can apply for employment directly with agencies that use this authority in order to streamline your appointment. If you have all of the documentation you need, including proof of disability and job readiness, you should contact the federal agency where you want to work. Ask for the selective placement or disability employment coordinator, or their equivalent.

Disabled veterans with a disability rating of thirty-percent or more should do the same. A Department of Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation counselor can provide you with more information about the process. Veterans many times have skills that the federal government can use.

The federal government is willing to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and veterans if they are both requested and appropriate, and if making the accommodation will not result in an undue hardship on the agency involved. A reasonable accommodation can apply to the duties related to the person's job, and how and where the person's job tasks are performed. Examples of what the federal government considers to be reasonable accommodations include readers, interpreters, personal assistance, restructuring work sites, modifying job duties, providing accessible technologies, providing flexible work sites or schedules, or providing workplace adaptive equipment.

People have the ability to request reasonable accommodations through either written or oral means in association with their federal job. The individual; however, is responsible for making their needs known to their supervisor. The person needs to make it clear to their supervisor exactly what the accommodation is that they need, as well as working with their supervisor to identify an appropriate and reasonable accommodation to meet their needs - www.usajobs.opm.gov

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