From the Blog:
Federal Job Search Tips: Veteran's Preference
by Jessie Richardson, Contributing Writer
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The nation's largest employer, the federal government, is expected to hire approximately 273,000 new workers over the course of the next three years to satisfy the new Administration's initiatives and replace its rapidly retiring baby-boomer workforce. With this in mind, and given the current state of the economy, it's no wonder that many job seekers with military experience look to MilitaryResumes.com for professional military federal resume writing services.
One of Military Resumes' most frequently asked questions is, "how do I determine my veteran's preference points?" This article aims to answer that question in summary.
By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-veterans in appointments to federal jobs.
Each federal application package is rated and receives a numerical score based on qualification factors. A minimum score is required for consideration and referral. Let's say that the minimum passing examination score or rating for a certain job is set at 60. A veteran with a score of 60 based on her examination or rating alone may not be as competitive as a civilian with a score of 65. However, because this veteran has 10 veteran's preference points, she actually has a score of 70 and thus is more competitive than her civilian counterpart.
Here is how to determine your veteran's preference points:
5-POINT PREFERENCE (TP)
10-POINT COMPENSABLE DISABILITY PREFERENCE (CP)
10-POINT 30 PERCENT COMPENSABLE DISABILITY PREFERENCE (CPS)
10-POINT DISABILITY PREFERENCE (XP)
Jessie Richardson, CPRW, is director of resume services at MilitaryResumes.com, the military-to-civilian transition experts. She is a Naval Academy graduate and a regular commentator on job search best practices for military-experienced job seekers. Read more transition advice online at the MilitarytoCivilian.com blog.
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