Caregiver Hiring Preferences for Federal Employment

Military spouse receives pamphlet on interviewing

You've served as a caregiver for your husband or wife, son or daughter. As you search for federal employment, you should know there are caregiver hiring preferences that may be available to you. Navigating the federal hiring system may feel overwhelming at first, but services are available to help you get answers and point you in the right direction. Knowing what legislation is out there can mean the difference between struggling to find work and being hired when it matters most.

You may be eligible - as a veteran's spouse, family member, widow or widower - to receive a place in the federal government job-applicant pool through the Family Member (Derived) Preference or the Military Spouse Appointing Authority. Hiring preference and appointing authority do not guarantee a job but do allow qualified candidates to get their foot in the door.

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