FROM HELPFUL TO NOT HELPFUL: A RATING OF AGENCY CAREER SITES

By Alex Harrington, Executive Director

In one of my most recent blogs (Maximize Your Federal Job Search By Using These Four Strategies, April 25, 2022), I recommended to check out Agencies’ career sites to learn more about their current vacancies and internship opportunities, fellowships, and co-op programs.

Well, I decided to take my own advice. I briefly scanned 15 Department-level career webpages to see what they had to offer to job seekers looking for federal career opportunities.

As a result, I found nearly half of the 15 Department-level career sites contained not only current job vacancies, but they also included useful “How to apply” for federal jobs, resume writing tips, and other helpful career-related information.

Likewise, seven of the other Departments’ career sites contained some “How to apply” for federal jobs, along with current job vacancies. But there was only one Department that seemed to not have a career page at all.

So, check out the following Department-level career sites from the most helpful to not-so-helpful.


Very Helpful – The Agency’s career webpage not only lists current job vacancies, but also provides very useful career search resources and resume tips for job seekers.

AgencyResource LinksVery Helpful
U.S. Department of State* Diplomats in Residence
* Job Seekers
* Foreign Service Officer
* Job Categories
* Selection Process
* Current Openings
* Worldwide/Foreign Service
* Available Jobs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs* Careers at VA
* Your Gateway To VA Careers
* Make The Difference
* FedsHireVets.gov
* VA Careers and Employment
U.S. Department of the Treasury* Careers at Treasury
* How to Apply
* Tips for Building an Effective Resume
U.S. Department of the Interior* My DOI Career
* Find Your Path
* Explore Careers
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services* HHS Careers
* Job Search
* What to expect when applying for a job at HHS
U.S. Department of Labor* Career Outlook
* Public service
U.S. Department of Defense* Defense Civilian Careers
* Job Exploration Tool
* Civilian Careers Categories

Somewhat Helpful – The Agency’s career webpage provides current job openings and some “How to Apply” tips.

AgencyResource LinksSomewhat Helpful
U.S. Department of Homeland Security* Homeland Security Careers
* How to Apply
U.S. Department of Justice* DOJ Careers
* Search Jobs
U.S. Department of Transportation* DOT Careers
* Career Development Advice and Helpful Tips
U.S. Department of Agriculture* Careers | USDA
U.S. Department of Commerce* Careers | U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Energy* Jobs | Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Education* Jobs at ED

Very Unhelpful – The Agency did not provide any career webpages or job openings list.

AgencyResource LinksVery Unhelpful
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development* None

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Alex Harrington, GCDF, CCSP
Alex Harrington, GCDF, CCSP

Is a Nonprofit Entrepreneur ● Community Leader ● Author & Blogger ● Certified Career Services Provider and Global Career Development Facilitator. Alex also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Persian Gulf War veteran.

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