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Insider's Guide to Homeland Security Jobs

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Insider's Guide to Homeland Security Jobs

With a $44.9 Billion dollar annual budget and over 200,000 employees in the Department of Homeland Security alone, homeland security careers are some of the most stable, fastest growing, and most rewarding jobs available today.

There’s only one thing growing faster than homeland security job offers – and that’s job seekers who want careers in homeland security. In fact, in every job profile and industry breakdown we’ve run on GovCentral in the past two month...

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    over 6 years ago

    Some positions may fall under the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Retirement program. Of which you cannot be over 37 to be appointed. Also, it's the way your resume is reflected against the JOA. If the agency uses an automated system, it's looking for key words and phrases. If it doesn't find them, you're not qualified. I have experienced this several times with several agencies.

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    chimadom

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am highly interested with a job from homeland security department

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    dmmullins

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I contacted the depsrtment you had recommended and received this reply:

    Mr. Mullins,
    You may wish to contact the Human Resource Specialist whose name is on the vacancy announcements for which you applied. Please share your concerns with them. You have completed the first very important step, and that was submitting your applications. The HR Specialist must assess all applications to determine who will meet the qualifications and requirements set forth in the vacancy announcement. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

    Good luck,

    Wanda Cathcart
    Washington Service Center
    Phone: 202-863-6534
    Fax: 202- 863-6400 or x36420

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    McConnell

    over 6 years ago

    354 comments

    mwredfern's advice is very helpful. Yet, I would contest that the previous hiring patterns of the federal government does not necessarily indicate a continuation of said hiring processes. 44% of public service workers will be retiring in the next 20 years, leaving a massive gap to be filled in by those who might have otherwise chosen other career paths. While it's true that some homeland security jobs simply cannot be filled unless you have a lot of experience under your belt, that doesn't mean that you can't learn the skills which the government considers essential to getting hired.

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    mwredfern

    over 6 years ago

    14 comments

    oh yeah - try redefining your skill sets. you might have something that is more valuable in a different job area. you have nothing to lose - right? have fun with it!

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    mwredfern

    over 6 years ago

    14 comments

    first of all - getting these jobs takes an extreme amount of time. getting them to contact you is even harder - unless they want to interview. i know, as a former government human resource manager - your age has nothing to do with it. actually you might be applying for jobs that are in high demand. so there are quite a few applicants that an truly have a more desirable skill set. you see - years in service does not mean your experience applies to the current market needs. if you are in accounting and have no certs - you are not qualified. if you are in business or operations and do not have an MBA or black belt, you are unqualified.

    so my point is this - the new market wants fresh ideas and skills, not 15 years of desk time. business is moving and changing at such a high rate. if you think what you experienced 5 years ago will carry over today - take some night classes and your eyes will be opened.

    here's my message and it is true for all of us - DONT FOOL YOURSELF! you'll lose that game.

    good luck!

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    WKilgo

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I have applied for home security positions several times and I am convinced that the government who is supposed to protect citizens against age discrimination must be the worst offender. And more importantly, I am a Vietnam veteran and no one has extended the courtesy of a reply email explaining why a 59 year old veteran with a wealth of management experience is not qualified. "?" Do you have an explanation?

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