WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday ordered an across-the-board federal job hiring freeze, halting hiring for all new and existing positions except those in national security, public safety and the military.
In the two-page order, Mr. Trump said the directive was a stopgap way to control the growth of government until his budget director recommends a long-term plan to significantly reduce the federal work force through attrition.
“In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services,” Said the President in the memorandum and included this caveat, “Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected.”
President Trump’s memorandum also stated that “contracting outside the government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.”
The action does allow for agency heads to seek exemptions for positions that are necessary for national security or public safety, according to the memorandum.
Here is a video from Press Sec Sean Spicer that discusses the executive order:
What Transitioning Service Members Need To Know
Although many General Schedule (GS) type positions will be affected in the federal job hiring freeze, there will likely be an increase in others such as Homeland Security positions, more likely to increase due to the President’s border security initiatives. TSA positions are likely to increase as well as intelligence and IT positions that deal with national security. A major portion of jobs not affected include healthcare (VHA jobs).
Think of this freeze as a major reallocation of taxpayer dollars to meet other national initiatives the President has enacted. Without a clear budget plan in place for these executive orders, those entities affected will need to adjust reactively until funding is decided.
Our suggestion for transitioning service members interested in government jobs is to focus your efforts and certifications on jobs that are not affected. Here is a list of jobs not affected by the federal job hiring freeze HERE.
Other options will be to put your talents into the civilian sector until the details of these initiatives are made clear. The worst thing you can do is put a lot of effort and energy into jobs that will most likely not come to fruition.
This should not deter any transitioning military member or veteran currently in the workforce. It is a matter of refocus and utilizing resources that exist. Does this mean there will be more competition for available positions currently in the job market? The short answer is “yes” but this will depend on your location and skill set. If you are located by major military installations you could be affected greatly but if you are in areas far from major military bases you may not.
Is It Time To Relocate?
Even if you become affected by this executive order, or if you are transitioning from the military, use this information to help you make decisions including where you would like to call home. This may be useful information for transitioning military to find a home where jobs will be abundant. Check out San Antonio in a job search engine (provided below) or any border state. Also, check out the TSA website HERE.
According to major news channels, experts feel the freeze will affect the DC area greatly. According to The New York Times, President Trumps pick for Homeland Security, John Kelly, said that “A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job, It has to be really a layered defense.” Click HERE for the full story.
How Does This Affect Virginia Jobs?
According to ©Indeed, there are currently 99,045 job openings in Virginia. Do note that some of these jobs are government contract positions awaiting the award of the contract and may be affected by the freeze. We highly recommend using Indeed because in our experience, their robust algorithm is the best to help you narrow down your search and provide you with legitimate updates daily if you chose to receive them.
We have included a search tool from ©Indeed below if you wish to try them out. Also, feel free to contact us any time for any assistance you may need, one-on-one advice etc. at email@example.com.
Another valuable resource are Job Fairs. Here is a list of job fairs going on in Virginia the near future. We highly recommend you start attending them now, even if you are still active duty, just so you begin networking, which is the greatest tool you can use in finding jobs outside the military:
Upcoming Veteran’s Job Fairs
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 2/21/2017 – February 21, 2017 – Virginia Beach
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 4/20/2017 – April 20, 2017 – Fairfax County
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 5/24/2017 – May 24, 2017 – Virginia Beach
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 06/22/2017 – June 22, 2017 – Fairfax County
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 9/21/2017 – September 21, 2017 – Fairfax County
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 10/18/2017 – October 18, 2017 – Virginia Beach
Military-Friendly Job Fair – 11/16/2017 – November 16, 2017 – Fairfax County
Click HERE for more Job Fair information.
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