Workforce Recruitment Program
WHAT IS THE WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT PROGRAM?
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is an employment recruitment program for college students with disabilities in search of local and national summer jobs/full-time employment with federal agencies and private sector employers. The WRP provides opportunities for individuals to market their abilities to a wide variety of potential employers across the United States, sharpen their interviewing skills, gain valuable work experience, and establish job contacts.
How Does the Program Work?
Eligible candidates interested in this recruitment program must register by Friday, October 16, 2015 and complete their applications on the WRP website by Monday, October 19, 2015. Candidates who successfully complete the entire application process will be scheduled for a 30-minute phone interview with a federal recruiter sometime during the interview period, which is October 27-November 17, 2015.
Candidates who do well in the phone interviews will be placed in a database starting in December 2015. Federal employers and private companies who are registered nationwide with the WRP will be selecting candidates from this database for interviews throughout the year for summer/temporary or permanent positions.
Who is Eligible?
A candidate for the WRP must:
- be registered with and/or receive accommodations through the Services to Students with Disabilities Office
- have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability which makes the applicant eligible to use the Schedule A hiring authority*
- be a United States citizen
- be enrolled on a full-time basis (unless the severity of the disability precludes the student from taking a substantially full-time load) OR have graduated within the past year. (Students who graduated before October 2014 are not eligible for the WRP)
*To be eligible to use the Schedule A hiring authority, a candidate must be able to provide supporting documentation, referred to as a Schedule A Letter (see attachments below for more information regarding Schedule A eligibility and a sample letter). A Schedule A Letter may be completed by a licensed medical professional, licensed rehabilitation professional, or any agency that provides disability benefits. Although a candidate may not need to provide a Schedule A letter until later in the hiring process, having it upfront and uploading it while applying online will improve the chances of being hired quickly.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING
Please note that the registration/application process is entirely online. If you applied in the past, you must re-apply for the 2016 program. If you are selected for a 30-minute interview with the federal recruiter, you will receive an email instructing you to contact the SSWD Office to schedule this interview.
- A candidate must register via the Registration link: https://wrp.gov/registerstudent by Friday, October 16, 2015. Registration must be approved by the campus coordinator before a candidate can complete his/her online application. A candidate may be contacted by the campus coordinator to confirm his/her eligibility. Once a candidate’s registration is approved, he/she will receive an email from the WRP with a username and temporary password.
- By using his/her username and temporary password to sign in, a candidate needs to go to the WRP website (www.wrp.gov) to complete the online application process. The following documents need to be obtained and/or completed by candidates and uploaded online:
- Resume (Required) - Word documents are required – Candidates are highly advised by the WRP to have their resumes reviewed by the Career Center for feedback and proper format. The Career Center is open for 30 minute drop-in appointments from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m
- College Transcript(s) (Required) - Official or unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts are acceptable. Word or other text documents are strongly encouraged.
- Schedule A letter (Preferred) - Not required at time of application but an employer may request it prior to hire
- Any additional supporting documents (Optional), such as cover letters, letters of recommendation, writing samples, etc.
- All documents must be uploaded to the Manage Documents Page of the online application in order for a candidate’s application to be complete. All online applications must be completed by Monday, October 19, 2015.
- Schedule A Checklist for Students (.doc)
- Sample Schedule A Letter (.pdf)
- Phone Interview Strategies (.pdf)
(These documents are available in alternate formats upon request)
"This has been a great work experience in my major. It has also helped to create valuable contacts for the future." -- C.R., Sac State student and WRP participant
For more information or questions about the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), please contact SSWD at (916) 278-6955.
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