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Published in the March/April 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Art Wadford is the veterans employment program analyst in the Treasury Department’s Veterans Employment Program Office in Austin, Texas. He retired from the Navy as a senior chief petty officer after more than 20 years as an electronics technician in the submarine force. He began his civil service career as an information systems technician for the Department of the Army in Fort Hood, Texas.
“After a short stint on Fort Hood, I jumped at the opportunity to help other veterans and their spouses find federal employment or internships,” he said. Wadford has been with the IRS for over a year and a federal employee for almost two years.
“I help provide quality training and work experience to wounded warriors and veterans by offering various employment and non-paid internship opportunities with the Department of the Treasury,” he said. “As the program analyst, I provide general program guidance to veteran employment coordinators within each bureau of the Department of the Treasury. I serve as a liaison with veteran employment counselors, local managers, VA vocational rehabilitation representatives, Operation Warfighter contacts, and our sick, ill, and wounded warriors and veterans. I also manage and schedule outreach efforts and educate managers on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).”
Looking back on his military-to-civilian transition, Wadford said he would do some things differently. “I would have educated myself more on my rights and benefits as a veteran,” he said. “There is a lot of information out there at your fingertips if you apply yourself and ask questions. Use government agencies and veterans organizations to help you network and update your resume as well.”
Doing your own research is also important. “Know what rights and what types of benefits you are eligible for as a veteran and what each entails,” Wadford said. “The Office of Personnel Management’s site www.fedshirevets.gov is a one-stop-shop for veteran information concerning federal employment. Know the difference between veteran preference and veteran status, as well as the availability of the veteran Special Hiring Authorities.”
Wadford had this advice regarding resume preparation: “Tailor your resume to each job posting you apply for on USAJobs – the Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site; www.usajobs.gov – and to each federal job posting on any other site. Do not use military jargon unless you are applying for a Department of Defense position with the same military service. Outline all your skills and collateral duties – not just your primary skill – on your resume. Your supervisory, leadership, administrative, and Equal Opportunity Employment (EEO) skills – along with a get-the-job done attitude and work ethic – need to be highlighted heavily in your resume. Finally, upload and supply all of your supporting documentation to USAJobs – make sure to include your DD 214, VA Civil Service Letter, Schedule A letter, and College Transcripts.”