Military to Federal Transition How To

The transition from the military to the private sector is never easy. Somebody who has spent his or her entire adult life in the military finds the civilian world quite a jungle to confront. However, with sufficient studying one can smoothly transition from the military without any major problems. Many government jobs require to have the same values that are core in the military. They include honor, integrity and commitment. By following a planned procedure, achievement of goals is certainly attainable.

Start by selecting the right path that will connect to the civilian job of your choice. To establish your line of specialization, make a list of all your qualifications. Obtain the MET document. This document will provide resources to construct a Federal government resume. It provides data on the experiences that you have acquired and the training received while in the military. It additionally offers information on similar civilian jobs.

Create a timeline and a checklist that will guide you during the preparation. It helps you avoid the risk of forgetting something important. Take time to go to job fairs. Create networks with people who may help you transition to civilian life. It may be necessary to enroll in a school to upgrade your abilities in the area of your specialization. The GI Bill will ease the reimbursements of tuition costs for your degree.

Determinate the agency that you would like to work for. Consider an agency that is not far from where you live. It will be easier to attend job interviews and exams. Do not place all your hope in just one agency.  You never know the opportunities that might be available in other agencies. Factors to consider include salary requirements, benefits, etc ...

Apply  the position that best matches your qualifications. Use your veteran's status as an advantage to land the job. Uncle Sam has created a point system to boost the veteran's chances. It applies when civil service exams are part of the hiring process. Hiring teams add up the preference points to the total scores obtained in the exam and thus provide an advantage to veterans.

Prepare yourself to attend the interview. Dress properly for the meeting with the hiring manager. Plan to reach the interview venue at least fifteen minutes early. During the interview process, listen keenly; be courteous when answering questions. Interviews for Federal jobs require background checks on your character. Provide all the information required in an honest manner. Don't conceal anything. Dishonesty and hiding of information are enough grounds to dismiss your application.

Finally, avoid stress. Take things easy. Let your family be involved in the transition process. Market yourself everywhere and let people know about your abilities.


Gail Esparan