By Jasen Williams | vice president of agency relations at RecruitMilitary and a former captain in the United States Army |
Published in the March/April 2013 issue of print Search & Employ® |
RecruitMilitary encourages job seekers to use this guide to learn about opportunities in government employment.
FedsHireVets.gov is a website of the United States Office of Personnel Management designed to help veterans understand the federal hiring process. The site explains different veteran statuses and their meanings, and how to translate military experiences into civilian skill sets. The site also provides links to resources to help get veterans hired into federal positions.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal offices are dedicated to veteran hiring. Many resources are in place to implement this policy, per President Barack Obama’s 2009 Executive Order 13518 to increase the employment of veterans within the federal government: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-27441.pdf
Veteran Hiring Benefits and Accommodations
Veterans have specific statuses and rights as candidates for employment within the federal government. We have listed below their names and links to information about them.
To find out more about the rights listed below:
* Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
* Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
* 10-Point Preference Eligibility
FAQ about qualifying for these different statuses
Transitioning from the Military to Civil Service
A comprehensive resource for veteran transitioning
Employment Services for Veterans Fact Sheet
Career Decision Toolkit
Transition Assistance Guide for Reserves
Compensation and Benefits Handbook for Wounded, Ill and Injured
Apply online for veteran employment benefits (and many others)
Army Career and Alumni Program
Translating and Promoting Your Skills
Presenting your military accomplishments and skill sets in a cover letter and resume to a federal agency or any civilian employer can be a formidable task. RecruitMilitary offers affordable and comprehensive resume writing services. A review of RecruitMilitary’s resume writing services and pricing can be found at: https://recruitmilitary.com/resume-writing. Following are additional resources for your job search and application process within the federal government.
Resume and Cover Letter Tips
Input your Army credentials; list of federal occupations related to your MOS
Input your Navy credentials; list of federal occupations related to your MOS
Tools to help veterans match military experience and skills to civilian occupations
Federal Careers Overview for Veterans
Portal to all federal job openings specifically for veterans
How federal jobs are filled
Federal Employment of Veterans
SITES FOR STATE GOVERNMENT JOBS