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lordword84  
#1 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 12:01:37 PM(UTC)
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I have more than 100 USAjobs applications under my belt just in a couple of months.
Lots of "you have been referred" emails but not 1 interview.
I have a BA in Business Administration, a Law Degree and a LLM.
I'm currently studying Contracting Law at Harvard EdX.
I'm schedule A disabled and I'm wondering if I shouldn't apply for jobs under it, maybe just for the "open public" instead?
Can anybody give me any tips in the right direction please?
I just want to work honestly.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 2:57:27 PM(UTC)
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What jobs are you applying to, where are you applying to, what grade are you applying to, do you have work experience?
lordword84  
#3 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:05:05 PM(UTC)
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I'm applying for jobs within the AFB/island where we live mostly. My husband isn't AD anymore so I don't qualify as MS.
I always choose the lowest grade(5 or 7 if it's a rooster position) because in the federal sense, I only worked for DHS for a year as a federal employee even tho when the questions pop up I'm supposed to be able to pick as high up at GS-9 because of my LLB? or GS-11 because of the LLM?
I don't mind starting from the bottom, I worked for Law Firms for the last 6 years doing whatever was needed including the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
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#4 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 4:32:25 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: lordword84 Go to Quoted Post
I'm applying for jobs within the AFB/island where we live mostly. My husband isn't AD anymore so I don't qualify as MS.
I always choose the lowest grade(5 or 7 if it's a rooster position) because in the federal sense, I only worked for DHS for a year as a federal employee even tho when the questions pop up I'm supposed to be able to pick as high up at GS-9 because of my LLB? or GS-11 because of the LLM?
I don't mind starting from the bottom, I worked for Law Firms for the last 6 years doing whatever was needed including the Superior Court of Los Angeles.
1st. Apply under every hiring authority you qualify for.

2nd. You qualify for at least a GS9 if not an 11 based on education. I would argue that based on the 6 years experience in the legal world as a lawyer, you could look at GS12 without too much issue.

You said AFB/Island which to me sounds like Hawaii or Guam (or maybe PR)...which does limit your options. You never said what type of jobs you were applying to. I presume Legal (lawyer, paralegal) due to your education, but Contracting, EEO (0260 or 0360) are a couple of other fields to look into where that education could be useful.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#5 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 7:50:13 AM(UTC)
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What Frank said. Good luck. I think the biggest issue is your location. If you're a barred attorney or even just a paralegal, have you considered trying to get local certification/license needed where you are? If you're in American Samoa or some other territory you could still use your legal degree locally.
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#6 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 8:39:44 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Polar Bear Go to Quoted Post
What Frank said. Good luck. I think the biggest issue is your location. If you're a barred attorney or even just a paralegal, have you considered trying to get local certification/license needed where you are? If you're in American Samoa or some other territory you could still use your legal degree locally.

As an FYI, most Federal Government attorneys simply need be licensed/admitted to practice "under the laws of any State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia."
lordword84  
#7 Posted : Monday, November 4, 2019 10:05:36 AM(UTC)
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We are in Hawaii and yes, I'm preparing for the bar but it's going to take a while.
I am applying on USA Jobs for the "open continuous roster announcement" positions. They say things like "(12 month roster)". I am interested in positions regarding contracting, administration, management, HR, and finance. Is it worth applying to these continuously posted job advertisements?
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 11:38:46 AM(UTC)

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From EEOC website:

Approach 2: Apply directly with the agency using the Schedule A process

Most agencies have a Disability Program Manager (DPM) or Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) whose role is to help the agency recruit, hire, and accommodate people with disabilities. Contact the DPM or SPPC at the agency where you wish to work and ask for guidance on the best way to apply for the identified vacancy using the Schedule A hiring process for persons with disabilities. He or she can work with you to make sure your resume/application is considered through Schedule A. Click here for a directory of Selective Placement Program Coordinators in each agency.

It is advisable to apply for a position through the regular vacancy announcement (on USAJOBS or the agency's web site) AND THEN follow-up with the SPPC/DPM or appropriate office. Contacting the appropriate agency person responsible for overseeing Schedule A applications can take time. It is important to factor this in as part of your application deadline.

QUICK TIPS & HELPFUL HINTS

Not all agencies have a Disability Program Manager (DPM) or Special Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC), so you may need to speak with the Human Resource (HR) Specialist identified on the vacancy announcement.
There are several regulations that are generically referred to as "Schedule A." These regulations cover more than just persons with disabilities. When contacting a federal HR professional concerning possible employment opportunities, explain that you are referring to Schedule A for persons with disabilities. The regulations concerning Schedule A can be seen at 5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u) and 5 C.F.R 315.709.
When speaking with the DPM or the SPPC, let the person know about your experience and the types of positions you are seeking. He or she may tell you about other vacancies for which you may qualify.
If you are told that the agency does not use Schedule A (some agencies do not), ask if there are other hiring flexibilities the agency offers. Remember, the Schedule A process is only one of a number of ways you can apply for a job with the federal government. Agencies may also have other hiring flexibilities for persons with disabilities, so inquire with the agency to maximize your opportunities.

https://www.eeoc.gov/eeo...ts_with_disabilities.cfm

frankgonzalez  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:06:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: lordword84 Go to Quoted Post
We are in Hawaii and yes, I'm preparing for the bar but it's going to take a while.
I am applying on USA Jobs for the "open continuous roster announcement" positions. They say things like "(12 month roster)". I am interested in positions regarding contracting, administration, management, HR, and finance. Is it worth applying to these continuously posted job advertisements?
While some people do get offers from the "12 Month" rosters, they are generally black holes. Apply, but don't get to emotional involved! The better announcements are the ones with short windows (ie 1 to 14 days) as they are tied to a specific opening. And apply under every hiring authority you qualify for! With your background, consider the 0260 and 0360 series (EEO) as well.

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
lordword84  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:38:22 PM(UTC)
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Thank you very much to everybody, I really appreciate you took the time to reply my doubts.
My problem with the SPPC is that Hawaii seemed to be the only state without one! and it's been for a while.
As much as I would like to check with each Agency, I think it could be pretty crazy since I sent so many job applications.
Since I'm trying to get a civilian job on the base that we live, I'm not sure if it would be worth to send an email to maybe the SPPC of the base or the AF in general(not sure there is even one tho), ideas?

I sent an email addressing this exact problem to USAjobs and this is the reply they gave me, similar to what you just said.

"Good Morning,

Thank you for contacting the US Office of Personnel Management, Disability Employment Program. Most Federal agencies have a Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) who helps management recruit, hire and accommodate people with disabilities. SPPC's have many roles and responsibilities, including:
Advising managers about candidates available for placement in jobs under special hiring authorities, as well as providing managers with information on reasonable accommodation and needs assessments for applicants and employees.
Helping managers determine the essential duties of the position, identify architectural barriers and possible modifications that allow people with disabilities to perform essential duties.
Helping people with disabilities get information about current job opportunities, types of jobs in the agency and how these jobs are filled, and reasonable accommodation.
Working with public and private organizations involved in the placement of applicants with disabilities to provide information about their agency program and job opportunities and to facilitate the placement of applicants with disabilities in their agency.
Monitoring and evaluating selective placement program efforts and activities for people with disabilities to determine their effectiveness, and making changes as needed to improve program effectiveness.
Coordinators develop, manage and evaluate the agency's Employment Program for Individuals with Disabilities. They are primarily located at agency headquarters and can provide information on coordinators in field offices. To locate a Selective Placement Program Coordinator, visit the OPM SPPC Directory.

SPPCs are not delegated by state, but the directory allows users to search for agencies that have an SPPC by the state the coordinator is located. If you do not see a specific agency that is a subset of a larger department, we suggest you contact the Department or Headquarters level SPPC if listed on the directory and they should be able to assist you. If you cannot locate a coordinator using the directory, we suggest identifying open positions with the specific agency/organization of interest or by location on www.USAJOBS.gov. Once you have found an open position, you will see a point of contact who is either a SPPC or someone who can direct you to a coordinator.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us again.

Best,

Disability Employment
Center for Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
DisabilityEmployment@opm.gov | (202) 606-0020 | OPM.gov"
lordword84  
#11 Posted : Sunday, November 10, 2019 5:49:17 AM(UTC)
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thank you Frank, I pmed you.
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