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Changes making civilian jobs easier to fill

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Internal and external job seekers will find some differences when applying for an Air Force nonbargaining career-program position.

"These changes reflect our effort to improve service, timeliness and quality of candidates referred for (job) vacancies," said Isabel Herrera, personnel management specialist with Air Force Personnel Center’s career program office here.

Changes announced by center officials include:

-- For at least the next year, there are no more six-month or one-year penalties for employees who decline consideration or turn down a position after being selected. Effective immediately, existing penalties are waived. The no-penalty policy will be re-evaluated in a year.

-- All qualified external candidates for a position can now be referred to the hiring authority. The number of candidates that could be referred used to be limited.

-- Position-announcement periods can now be shortened to seven days. Previously there was a 14-day announcement minimum.

-- Positions can now be announced any day of the week, not just Fridays.

"You can see that we're trying to reduce the built-in delays that go into announcing, reviewing and filling positions," Herrera said. "The changes should serve to get supervisors the people they need sooner to accomplish the mission."

Career program team contact information is at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/cp/contact.htm. (Courtesy of AFPC News Service)

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