The Careers in Federal Libraries Group is a great source to recommend for new librarians, friends, relatives, colleagues and othes interested in how to become a federal librarian. Cartherine Nary a military librarian from Miramar MCAS provided the following sources in an email she sent to the group. (It's a list she compiled for her brother.)
Here's how to establish an account to create up to 5 resumes and store
transcripts and SF-50s (or other personnel papers) in your portfolio with
USAJOBS, the major aggregator of federal jobs. You may also create up to 10
Job Search Agents, with automatic e-mail alerts for each one (daily,
The home address is:
Here is a Google Group for "Careers in Federal Libraries" that has some
excellent general information for creating your resume and responding to the
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).
You can tell which is general and which is library-specific.
In most instances, USAJOBS will direct you to the site of the system that a
particular Department uses. For example, Department of Interior uses
Application Manager. You may need to stop in the middle of applying, but can
return to continue the process, which usually entails answering questions.
In that case, you may return directly to Application Manager at:
You need to apply to the Navy, Army, and MWR (Morale, Welfare &
Recreation-DoD's support system for military families) via their own systems
Navy (and Marine Corps) Resume (? 5 pages) Builder, Job Search and Status
(give it a week once you apply) site is:
(Navy has a one-resume policy; however, you may change it as frequently as
you like. All resumes to all positions get modified once you do that, which
may or may not be good, depending on quals.)
Army has a two-step process. First you build your resume (? 3 pages) using
the Army's Resume Builder:
This is also a one-resume site. Then you self-nominate at:
Click on "Search for Jobs"; select one, and enter your personal info to
nominate yourself. It has to match whatever your account in Resume Builder
has. Once you have applied to a position, it normally takes about a week to
get results of how well your resume matches the qualifications. Then you
return to Resume Builder to access "ANSWER" to find out your status.
Here is the MWR site to create an account:
You can also work for the federal government by being a contractor. Here are
two of my favorite companies:
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC):
Click on "Find Your Job" in the left navigation bar to register, create your
profile, and job search agents to notify you.
The other one is Computer Science Corporation (CSC) over on Hancock St.: