Welcome to the Veterans Federal Employment Collaborative (VFEC), a community of federal agencies, hiring officials, Veteran Employment Program Offices (VEPO), and citizens, working together to improve the employment opportunities of our transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses.
Our motto: One More Veteran Hired (#OneMoreVeteranHired). Click here for a copy of our CHARTER
The VFEC fosters an environment of cooperation and communication to eliminate or reduce barriers to Veterans’ employment; share best practices regarding recruitment of transitioning Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses; and provide special assistance for any Veteran, especially those who are disabled, during the federal employment process.
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FEDERAL PARTNERS, AGENCIES AND ORGANIZITONS
How can the VFEC help you? The VFEC is here to develop solutions to assist Federal Agencies meet their Veteran recruiting goals; connect quality, qualified candidates with hiring officials; and fill critical workforce shortfalls.
The VFEC is a resource for you and your agency to find talent and fill critical vacancies. The VFEC facilitates discussions among federal partners on the utilization of special hiring authorities (SHA); best practices for using the VA’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) and DoD’s SkillBridge (DoDSB) programs; identification of critical vacancy needs; and promoting those needs across multiple hiring platforms and employment networks.
Critical or Hard to Fill Vacancies: The VFEC streamlines recruiting efforts by connecting agencies directly with qualified applicants, utilizing messaging, and multiple Social Media platforms.
Do you have critical or hard to fill vacancies in your office/agency? Let the VFEC help you find qualified candidates, who are often eligible for one of several non-competitive special hiring authorities like Schedule A (Individuals With Disabilities), 30% Or More Disabled Veteran, Military Spouse, and the VRA.
Email us your vacancy announcements, open or closed, and let us help find qualified professionals for you: ContactSFFEB@dol.gov
Job Fairs: Is your agency in need of a hiring push? Let the SFFEB and VFEC help by co-sponsoring a job fair within the region. We can assist with scheduling, marketing, and facilitation, as well as assisting applicants with resume reviews and development. Interested? Reach out to ContactSFFEB@dol.gov, today.
DoD SkillBridge Program: Each year approximately 200,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces, stationed in over 140 military installations in the U.S. and overseas, will leave active duty and re-enter the civilian work force or pursue higher education. Through the SkillBridge program, Agencies benefit from gaining early access to the extensive experience, skills, and unmatched work ethos Service Members bring to the workforce.
The San Francisco Federal Executive Board is the first organization within the U.S. Department of Labor to have a SkillBridge Program in place and running, and we want to help you design one for you.
Agencies and offices can craft SkillBridge programs to meet their specific workforce needs, matching those needs to the skills and abilities of highly motivated Service members, all at no cost to them. If you would like to know more, contact the SFFEB at ContactSFFEB@dol.gov or check out the resources below:
- SFFEB SkillBridge Presentation for Federal Partners
- SFFEB SkillBridge Opportunity Flyer EXAMPLE
- SFFEB SkillBridge Training Plan EXAMPLE
TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND MILITARY SPOUSES
As a Veteran, no matter the branch, you have acquired the skills and competencies that are in high demand across the federal workforce. Maybe it’s a little hard to see it, but you have them. You have leadership skills, an ability to deal with stress, and a capacity to be firm yet compassionate.
What’s in it for you? It’s an honest question, especially since finding a federal position could seem like an almost impossible task. For one thing, it’s worth it! There wouldn’t be 100s of applicants per vacancy if it wasn’t.
Tangibles: Not only does the federal provide a first-class benefits package, you can also put your years of active duty towards your federal retirement and time in federal service; which means not starting at the bottom! Retirees, though this doesn’t apply you ARE eligible for a second retirement after 5 years in the federal workforce. Pay raises (step increases) happen yearly for the first 3 years, and you’ve met one of the qualifications for promotion after you’ve spent 52 weeks (1 year) at the lower grade. Locations are typically negotiable (vacancy dependent), and many agencies are going to a hybrid work schedule, which means more telework and less commute!
Intangibles: It’s not just the pay and benefits that make a federal career worth it. As a member of the federal service you will continue to serve this country honorably. You will be in a position to directly help our citizens and take action against the many of the challenges facing our nation. You have the opportunity to take part in affinity groups, working groups, and advisory councils that make a difference to Veterans and Americans across the country, and help pave the way forward.
DoD SkillBridge: The SFFEB is an approved SkillBridge Program Provider. Interested in conducting a SkillBridge Internship with us? Reach out with your resume, and tentative participation dates: ContactSFFEB@DOL.GOV.
Free Resume Review: Do you have a federal resume? Has anyone who knows about federal resumes ever looked at it? If not, reach out to the SFFEB and we will take a look and provide some feedback: ContactSFFEB@DOL.GOV
Resume and Job Search Resources: Check out our JOB SEEKERS page for more resources or federal job searches and resume development.
Resume Development Webinars and Career fairs: Don’t forget to take a look at our CALENDAR to find upcoming career fairs and resume development webinars.