AmeriCorps and Your Career
Potential employers recognize the value of AmeriCorps service. Though your service is not considered employment, the experience you develop through service shows your ability to handle tough tasks, your commitment to seeing things through, and your dedication to working on challenging issues. In fact, hundreds of employers have committed to recruiting alumni like you through the Employers of National Service initiative (click here for more information and a list of participating employers).
You can put your AmeriCorps experience to good use in your career—and your service may give you direct help in being considered for some federal positions.
Check out these helpful career boosting employment toolkits and resources just for Alumni:
Professional Development and Resume Resources
How to Include AmeriCorps on Your Resume
How you include your AmeriCorps experience on your resume and in interviews is important. You should describe briefly but clearly the AmeriCorps program where you served and what you did. Ask your project supervisors or co-workers if you can list them as references so potential employers can hear about your successes and accomplishments.
For help crafting your resume, and catching the attention of Employers of National Service, check out this resume tipsheet.
Talking with Employers
Employers of National Service, and other organizations, may ask you questions about your AmeriCorps experience. Be prepared with the right answers by reading the tipsheet about Employers Frequently Asked Questions.
Researching and networking to find jobs is essential when transitioning from one career to another. This network tipsheet has the basic of what you need to know.
Other AmeriCorps alumni can also be an excellent resource. Often it is personal connections that help you can get your foot in the door. Network with fellow alums by joining AmeriCorps Alums, the official organization for AmeriCorps alumni created by alums, for alums
In addition, you may be able to network with alumni through program-specific alumni associations by selecting your program's logo below. If you don't see your program on the list, contact your supervisor to find out about alumni networking opportunities.
If you served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, your experience can help you get hired by the federal government. After you satisfactorily complete a full year of service, you earn noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for one year beginning the day after you complete your service. Non-Competitive Eligibility does not mean that you are guaranteed a federal civil service job. You must locate an agency with a vacancy and interest that agency in hiring you. This benefit does not apply for other AmeriCorps programs.
To establish your non-competitive status, you'll need proof of eligibility. Once you've completed service, log onto the My AmeriCorps Portal to print off a letter of VISTA certification. Visit my.americorps.gov to register and visit the "Service Letters" link to create and print your letter.
For more help on Non-Competitive Eligibility, check out:
- Clarifying Noncompetitive Eligibility, a webinar produced by the Peace Corps
- Non-Competitive Eligibility for VISTAs, a VISTA Campus training
- VISTA Campus Non-Competitive Eligibility FAQs
Find a Job
When you're ready to look for a post-service position, the job boards below are are great place to begin your search.
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Employers of National Service
Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. Through this initiative, employers will have new access to a dedicated, highly qualified, and mission-oriented pool of potential employees and national service alumni will have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, is leading this effort along with its partners: the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Alums, National Peace Corps Association, and The Franklin Project.
Applying for Federal Positions
If you're interested in working for the Federal Goverment, taking the time to learn about the application process can be incredibly useful in helping you land a position. Demystifying USAJobs and the Federal Job Search Process, a Peace Corps webinar, is a great way to prepare yourself to search and apply for a Federal Position.
You may also be interested in working for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the independent federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund. For vacancies, please see the Corporation's list of employment opportunities.