February 4, 2024
7 min read
Veterans bring unique skills and dedication to the table. That’s why the Federal government—through the Feds Hire Vets program—is committed to connecting you with fulfilling careers that leverage your experience and service.
An Army veteran is now a park ranger. A disabled Navy veteran is now a law office manager. A retired Army marine engineering warrant officer is now an apprenticeship and training representative with the US Department of Labor. An Air Force veteran is now a NASA security specialist. Learn about these and other success stories, and keep reading to learn how your story can be one of them.
The Feds Hire Vets program exists to connect skilled veterans, transitioning service members, and their families with rewarding federal careers. In addition to serving job seekers, Feds Hire Vets supports current veteran employees in their careers and hiring officials.
The Feds Hire Vets program recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of veterans. That’s why Veterans’ Preference gives you an edge in securing exciting Federal careers.
Here are some things to be aware of:
Ready to learn more about Veterans’ Preference? Dive deeper into the details, and explore resources to navigate your path to a fulfilling Federal career.
While regulations guide how positions are filled, the process can vary across agencies and types of jobs. But, don’t worry! Many agencies welcome direct contact for additional information and application guidance.
Federal careers offer stability, and they value your veteran skills. Agencies often see your experience as highly transferable, resulting in a natural transition for many veterans. But, be prepared for competition—you’ll be among other highly-skilled applicants.
Preparation is key. Applying for a Federal job requires time, thoroughness, and attention to detail. To help, the Veterans Employment Initiative established offices at agencies specifically to support veteran hiring.
Remember: While similar to private industry, the process has key differences. Statutes, executive orders, and regulations—along with interpretations—set the framework for Federal employment.
Ready to explore Federal careers? Let’s break down the categories.
Think of it as an open competition for fantastic jobs! Everyone with the minimum qualifications gets a fair shot, including veterans with valuable advantages thanks to Veterans’ Preference.
Here’s how it works:
Remember, competition can be stiff. Be prepared, polish your resume, and highlight your unique skills.
Ready to explore diverse Federal careers? Let’s dive into Excepted Service positions. Think of this category as offering unique opportunities tailored to specific needs. While they have different appointment processes, Veterans’ Preference still applies unless exempted.
Here’s what you need to know:
Remember, while these positions differ from Competitive Service, your dedication and skills are valued. Be proactive, connect with agencies, and highlight your unique strengths.
Intrigued by senior leadership roles in the Federal government? Look no further than the Senior Executive Service (SES). Think of this as a distinguished group of executives chosen for their exceptional leadership qualities and commitment to making a difference. While veterans don’t get a hiring preference for SES positions, your unique skills and dedication are still highly valued.
Here’s a quick overview:
Remember, being part of the SES means making a significant impact. If you’re ready to step up and lead, explore this rewarding path.
Ready to explore rewarding Federal job opportunities? USAJOBS is your one-stop shop! Think of it as a dynamic hub bursting with over 30,000 diverse positions worldwide, updated daily. Here’s what awaits you:
Each job announcement has crucial details:
While agencies can cancel job postings, the site is constantly adding new opportunities. Explore, apply, and get on the road to your fulfilling Federal career!
While the hiring process for Federal jobs varies from agency to agency and position to position, you’re bound to participate in at least one interview as you pursue opportunities. Focus on how your military service contributes to your qualifications, and practice answering questions. The Yoodli Interview Practice can give you a leg up.
Here’s how it works. Choose the type of interview, such as Software Engineer, Data Scientist, or Learning and Development. Select the type of interviewer style you think fits best (e.g., Friendly or Behavioral). Select at least a couple of starter questions. (After each of your answers, Yoodli will generate one more question in real-time based on your response.) Make sure your webcam and microphone are connected, and click on Start Interview to initiate the practice interview.
After your practice session, Yoodli will give you feedback on your word choices and delivery as well as insights on how to be more concise and how to rephrase your answers in simple terms.
The Feds Hire Vets program recognizes the dedication of military spouses and families to supporting our nation’s heroes. As a spouse or family member of an active duty service member, you also have unique skills, commitment, public service mindset, and experience that are valuable assets to the Federal workforce.
Explore your options:
Ready to step into your next chapter? Connect with the resources and support you need to thrive in a Federal career. Learn more.
Veterans, transitioning service members, and families—Feds Hire Vets sees you. They recognize your dedication, your skills, and your desire to continue serving. That’s why they exist—to connect you with fulfilling Federal careers that honor your service and leverage your unique strengths.
Ready to embark on your next chapter? Dive in, and discover how your talents can make a difference in the Federal workforce. Together, you can build a future where your service continues to shape our nation.
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