From the Blog: Federal Job Search Tips for Veterans
by Jessie Richardson, Contributing Writer
For many veterans, finding a job in the federal government can be a difficult challenge. But once you master a few basic job search principles, the mysteries of the federal job search will be revealed, along with a job offer. The first step for veterans in landing a federal job is networking. “Who you know” does make a difference, even for federal and government contractor jobs.
A supervisor in an agency of interest is the ultimate contact and here is why:
But what if you don’t know a supervisor? First, probe your inner circle (and don't forget to ask those in your veterans group) for its contacts in the federal government and obtain as much information as possible on these prospective sources. Contact them via e-mail to introduce yourself and tell them about your objectives, interests, and veteran status. Establish a writing friendship by asking about their job and agency. Ask them for ideas on career opportunities and who else they might know in their agency or others.
Second, write to or call an HR specialist to ask a question. You might be surprised at how much insight you gain into your resume, upcoming announcements, job fairs, and more.
Finally, never miss an opportunity to go to a job fair. Agencies that attend are serious about meeting you. Go prepared with a “sticky” job fair resume and dress the part.
After networking, reviewing the federal job process should be your
next step in your federal career search. A targeted federal career search is significantly more effective than shots in the dark. Here are a few things to
look into before embarking on your journey:
With a target job title, grade, and preferred agencies in hand, you will be better equipped to apply for job s online, attend job fairs, and network.
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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