Thursday, November 15, 2012

Job Seekers with Disabilities

Some physicians are forced into the non-clinical world because of a disability. In such cases, they may end up mainly working on a computer to review medical charts, to do some writing, or to consult. There are other non-clinical job opportunities through the government as well. Interested in applying for a government job?

Federal agencies fill jobs two ways, competitively and non-competitively. Persons with disabilities may apply for jobs filled either way. People who are selected for jobs must meet the qualification requirements for the jobs and be able to perform the essential duties of the jobs with or without reasonable accommodation.

Jobs that are filled competitively are advertised through Each job advertisement contains instructions on how to apply. Approximately 16,000 jobs are available each day.

People with severe disabilities may apply for non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Applicants with documentation may apply directly to agencies' Selective Placement Coordinators or equivalent to be considered for jobs. Applicants should send a resume plus the pertinent documentation to the Selective Placement Coordinator or equivalent.

More information can be found on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website here.

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