Site helps military job-seekers
The Labor Department has a new World Wide Web site designed to help
technical and nontechnical service members and veterans find a job in the
The Use Your Military and Experience Training (UMET) Web site wants
to make it easier for current and former military personnel to obtain the
licenses and certifications required for jobs in the civilian work force.
For example, if you're a radio operator in the Army and you want to
know what kind of credentials you need to get a similar civilian job, this
site provides a good first step. The site also has information for employers
interested in hiring former military employees.
The site's address is the hardest part: www.dol.gov/dol/vets/public/credentials/WEBSHARE/WWWROOT/DOL/index.htm.
Simplified senior exec hiring
The Office of Personnel Management wants to make it easier for agencies
to fill their senior executive positions.
OPM late last month said it is amending the regulations that govern
how agencies hire employees to the Senior Executive Service. The changes
give agencies more flexibility in filling SES vacancies and improve the
SES selection process, according to OPM.
For example, the new regulations and instructions issued with them:
* Delegate more authority to agencies in making temporary SES appointments.
* Reduce the paperwork required for Qualifications Review Board cases
and streamline the QRB process.
* Reinforce the primacy of executive leadership qualifications and the
government's commitment to merit system principles when hiring for SES positions.
OPM also encouraged agencies to promote diversity in the SES ranks by
hiring women, minorities and people with disabilities.
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