President George W. Bush created the United States Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) became official on November 25, 2002, under the aegis of the 2002 Homeland Security Act.
The long-range objective of the Homeland Security Department is to protect the United States from actions like 9/11. Through direct control of other agencies, like the U.S. Border Patrol, the Treasury Department, Immigration, etc, it will be America’s first line of defense against terrorist threats and terrorist actions on United States soil. One might call Homeland Security a Rapid Response Force.
The Department of Homeland Security is one of the best places to work in the U.S. Government, with over 2,000,000 civilian employees. Like the U.S. Marines, the Department of Homeland Security is always looking for “a few good men and women.” This article will help you learn how to get homeland security jobs.
Applying for work with Homeland Security is relatively straightforward:
- The first thing a job seeker needs to do is research the twenty-two agencies operating under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, and determine which agency you would like to work with.
- Once you have found an agency that interests you, you need to take an inventory of your educational background, past employment, volunteer work, hobbies, etc. Do you have the education and skills needed to qualify for the position that interests you in that agency?
- If you have the qualifications needed, contact the agency and request an application. Once you receive the application, read the instructions that accompany the application carefully and be honest in your answers.
- Be patient. Don’t expect a quick response from the Department of Homeland Security, other than a letter acknowledging the receipt of your application. They will conduct a thorough background investigation before inviting you in for an interview.
- When you are called in for an interview, be prepared. Have all your records at hand. Current resume, awards, certificates of recognition, licenses, security clearances, etc. It’s a good idea to have everything together before the interview just in case you are contacted during the preliminary background check. The Boy Scout’s motto, “Be Prepared” is a good one to have when applying for a job with Homeland Security.
- Dress professionally for your interview. Be prepared to answer very personal questions on everything from personal finances to any involvement with a political group. Lying on the application or during the interview could have serious consequences for you.