Published in the March/April 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) a bureau of the Department of the Treasury, collected more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and processed more than 230 million tax returns in FY 2010. The IRS has more than 102,000 employees, and about 8,800 of them are veterans. In FY 2011, the IRS hired over 800 veterans.
On November 9, 2009, when President Obama signed Executive Order 13518, the IRS launched a pilot Warrior Intern Program. The IRS brought ten interns on board on a non-paid status – to date five have been hired as full-time employees.
“Treasury established its Veterans Employment Program Office in January 2010,” said Art Wadford, the program analyst in the office in Austin, Texas. “Our goal is to promote the bureaus of the Treasury Department as employers of choice in military and veteran communities. Over the past 18 months, we have launched new websites and newsletters, and we have revamped all military/veteran recruitment materials.”
Career opportunities at the IRS vary according to the time of year. “For example, in the fall, the IRS generally hires for tax return processing that is done at the start of the following year,” Wadford said. “Many of the positions at the IRS are centered on accounting and finance. However, since the IRS is such a large agency, there are positions in information technology, human resources, law enforcement, and a wide range of other specialties.”
Veterans bring a lot to the table, Wadford said. “The military has more than 7,000 job positions across more than 100 functional areas, and most of these jobs have a direct civilian equivalent,” he said. “Many veterans bring other skills to Treasury, such as project management, personnel management counseling, leadership, problem solving, decision-making, and process improvement. Most of today’s servicemembers have education beyond a high school diploma. Many of them pursue additional education and degrees while serving and after completing service. Finally, the military culture is built on accountability, which is important attribute for people looking to work at one of our bureaus.”
“We are here to assist in their quest every way we can,” he added, “by forwarding their resumes to hiring managers, answering their questions about our organization, verifying their eligibility for veteran special hiring authorities, opening the door to federal employment through non-paid internships, and helping with their resumes.”
As for getting a job at the IRS, Wadford believes vigilance is the key. “Job announcements can hit the streets any given day – so it’s important to stay updated about jobs that are posted on USAJobs that could interest you,” he said. “Once you have an idea about which jobs you would want, you can set up ‘Saved Searches’ in your USAJobs account. Those searches will alert you by email when positions are posted that meet your criteria. That way, you won’t miss an opportunity. You can also contact the Department of the Treasury’s Veteran Employment office at firstname.lastname@example.org.”