More bases to post job vacancies on USAJOBS

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eight additional locations will begin using USAJOBS.gov on May 24 to advertise vacancies to current Air Force employees.

Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; McGuire AFB, N.J.; McChord AFB, Wash.; Langley AFB, Va.; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Andersen AFB, Guam; and the Air Force District of Washington’s Bolling AFB and the Pentagon make up Phase II of the Air Force’s civilian initiative to use USAJOBS to announce jobs vacancies to internal and external candidates.

Osan Air Base, South Korea; Goodfellow AFB, Texas; and all the bases under U.S. Air Forces in Europe launched the program Feb. 22, 2010.

By phasing in the use of USAJOBS, Air Force officials are able to test system enhancements, verify that the program creates a more timely hiring process, and respond to feedback from the field.

“Above all, we want to ensure we allow time for feedback from our selecting supervisors, local civilian personnel section staff, employees and applicants that this recruitment tool is meeting their needs,” said Jamie Beattie of the Air Force Personnel Center.

The feedback has been positive.

“Our internal Air Force employees feel they are receiving fair consideration by applying via a resume in lieu of career briefs with skills coding, and our selecting supervisors appreciate receiving only one certificate with both internal and external candidates instead of the two they received in the past,” Beattie said.

Individuals applying for jobs at the test bases will apply through USAJOBS instead of the Air Force Civilian Employment Self-Nomination Application found on the Air Force Personnel Center’s secure website.

After creating an account through USAJOBS, employees will have the ability to build and save up to five different resumes. Applicants then select which resume they want to submit based on the qualifications needed for the job vacancy. From there, an applicant can track when the application is received, when it’s assessed for qualifications, and if it’s referred to a selecting official.

Applicants can verify the announcement is available to current Air Force civilian candidates by looking for the “Current Permanent Air Force Employee” eligibility statement on jobs advertised in USAJOBS. Applicants should identify themselves as current Air Force employees in the assessment questionnaire included in the vacancy announcement.

USAJOBS can be accessed by computer or smart phone using a username and password 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For guidance on preparing resumes, interview techniques or other career-search assistance, contact the local Airman and Family Readiness Center.

For more information on USA staffing, Air Force employees may call the 24-hour Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.