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Government Employment Resources
The 2012 COPS Program will help law enforcement agencies hire, retain, and/or rehire career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. Any applicant requesting new hire positions will be required to hire a new officer who is a post 9/11 military veteran. Learn more...
Career Fairs Schedule
DoD organizes and conducts nationally-recognized Hiring Heroes Career Fairs specifically designed to assist wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their spouses in their search for employment with federal agencies and private sector companies. Call 888-368-4862 or email hiringheroes@cpms.osd.mil.

Career OneStop
Career One Stop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The website provides information about where and how to file for unemployment benefits, how to connect with Workforce Investment Boards, employment service offices, libraries, community colleges and local employers.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.  The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management owns the veterans employment website, FedsHireVets.gov.  The purpose of the site is to help veterans find positions within the federal government.  The Department of Defense, Labor, Veteran Affairs, and Homeland Security are just some of the various groups partnered with the website, according to the Office of Personnel Management. FedsHireVets.gov updates daily with accurate information on jobs, training and other useful resources for both veteran and employer.  The site also has a comprehensive list of contact information for agencies that also provide recruitment, employment, training and retention services.

Federal Jobs, Hiring Process
Many Federal agencies fill their jobs like private industry by allowing applicants to contact the agency directly for additional job information and in understanding the application process. Most Federal agencies will accept the Optional Application for Federal Employment, Form OF-612 from individuals applying for Federal employment. As an applicant you may submit the OF-612 or a resume.

Gold Card Services for Veterans
The Gold Card is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) which provides unemployed veterans services to succeed in today’s job market. Eligible veterans print a Gold Card and learn how to access available services offered at One-Stop Career Centers including enhanced intensive services and six months of follow-up. Gold Card services include skills assessment, career coaching, job search assistance, labor market information, and referrals to job banks, job portals, and job openings. Services may include referral to training by Workforce Investment Act-funded or third party service providers.

Homeland Security Job Opportunities
Information about career opportunities with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

USA Jobs
U.S. Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS is the official job site of the US Federal Government.  It's your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.  Build and store up to five distinct resumes. Save and automate job searches. Save and apply for jobs.

One Stop Career Centers
Your local One-Stop Career Center is part of a network of nearly 3,000 Centers nationwide.  One-Stop Career Centers address the employment needs of both job seekers and business in every community. One-Stop Career Centers provide priority of service to veterans and eligible spouses. Toll-Free Help is available at 877-889-5627.

Veterans Fast Launch
With the support of its partnership with the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Veteran Fast Launch initiative will provide veterans and active duty military members – plus spouses and members of their immediately family — with:

FREE or significantly discounted resources for starting businesses, such as computer software and business services provided by major corporate partners;
Training in how to start and how to grow a successful/profitable business; and
As mentoring program where Fast Launch participants will be assigned a knowledgeable and highly experienced mentor to guide them every step of the way.

Veterans Preference for Federal Employment
Eligible veterans receive preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.

Veterans, Special Hiring Authorities
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans are just that…designed for veterans. Knowing about these authorities and identifying your eligibility will enhance your job search. These special authorities represent a few of many appointing authorities that agencies can use entirely at their discretion. Veterans are not entitled to appointment under any of these authorities. Check the vacancy announcements, which should clearly state "Who May Apply."

WV Department of Veterans Assistance