Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) at TWU
What is WRP?
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities.
WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Goals of the Program
- Bring students with disabilities into the employment process, both through their schools and contact with WRP employers.
- Function as a pipeline to bring new talent into the Federal Government and fill mission-critical jobs.
- Break down attitudinal barriers in the workplace.
Important WRP Dates
Student registration opens: Monday, August 30
Student registration closes: Monday, October 11
Student applications close: Wednesday, October 13
Informational interview period: Monday, October 25 - Wednesday, November 17
Database released to employers: Mid-December
Who Can Participate?
Students and recent graduates with disabilities. All applicants must be:
- Eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities
- a U.S. citizen
Current students must be current, full-time, degree-seeking, postsecondary (undergraduate or graduate) student, unless they are taking a reduced course load due to a disability, the COVID-19 pandemic, or are in their last term/semester.
Recent graduates must have met the preceding requirements while enrolled, and have graduated with a degree on or after April 1, 2019.
What is Schedule A?
Schedule A is a hiring mechanism for people with disabilities that allows them to be quickly hired into the federal workplace.
Candidates who are eligible for Schedule A are individuals with an intellectual disability, psychiatric disability, or severe physical disability.
To be hired, candidates with disabilities must be qualified for the position and provide a Schedule A letter to HR.
Who can provide a Schedule A Letter?
A Schedule A letter is documentation that you are Schedule A eligible. This letter must be on letterhead and signed by:
- A licensed medical professional
- A licensed rehabilitation professional
- Any federal or state agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
This letter does NOT need to detail your specific disability, medical history, or need for accommodation. Follow the sample Schedule A letter language.
WRP and Schedule A
WRP candidates must certify that they are eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority when they register on the WRP website.
Candidates must provide a Schedule A letter to the federal agency’s human resources when accepting an opportunity through WRP.
You should not upload your letter to the website but should have it in your files by January 2022 so you can provide it quickly to human resources. Otherwise, you could delay or lose job opportunities and frustrate your potential employer.
Register at WRP.gov
To register for the WRP, students will need to visit WRP.gov.
WRP.gov works best using a computer (not a mobile device) on Chrome or Firefox.
Once students arrive on the website they should select the first purple box that says “Student Registration Now Open!” Then, click the green “Students Register Now!” button.
Required information for the WRP Application
The WRP student application consists of:
- Transcript (official or unofficial)
- Academic information including major, degree, GPA, etc.
- Job and location preferences
- Disability category (for statistical purposes only, not shown to employers)
- Optional: Cover letter, letter of recommendation, writing sample, etc.
Do not upload information that contains your social security number, date of birth, or other sensitive personally identifiable or health information.
WRP applicants can receive an elective informational interview with a WRP recruiter, who is a Federal Government employee.
This is your chance to learn and seek advice from someone in a federal career about how to succeed in your future career path.
How to Prepare for Your Interview
Create a list of general questions to ask your Recruiter about federal service and career advice, and practice with your Coordinator or a peer.
Review your resume with Career Services before uploading it to WRP. Be ready to receive feedback during your interview.
Be prepared to answer questions related to your academic, professional, and extracurricular experiences.
Give highlights of your successes and discuss how you solve problems.
Career Connections Interview Prep
TWU Career Connections is happy to help you prepare by offering:
- Resume Review
- Cover Letter Review
- Interview Prep
- Mock Interviews
Schedule an appointment on Handshake OR contact Chrissy Meek at email@example.com or Lucy Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the Interview
WRP database is published to federal employers in December 2021.
Keep your WRP application and contact information up to date all year for employers! You can edit your application and documents even after submitting.
Please note: WRP is not a guarantee of employment and we encourage you to pursue other avenues in addition to WRP.
How Employers Will Contact You
Employers will contact candidates directly by email or phone. Neither your recruiter nor the WRP office will be tracking your application.
Employers may contact candidates about jobs as early as January and will continue through June for summer jobs, and up to one year for permanent jobs.
If you are contacted with a job or interview offer, get the person’s contact information. Ask about the location of the position, the job title, and job duties.
Chrissy Meek - email@example.com
Lucy Moran - firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated 2:19 PM, September 21, 2021