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10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members

10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members

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Step 2: Transition Timeline and Checklist

Believe it or not, you ought to begin planning your transition up to a year before separation. Keeping yourself organized and focused will help you to achieve the following:

● Assist you in developing an individual needs assessment.
● Identify helpful relocation resources.
● Offer immediate and long-range career guidance.
● Provide benefits counseling.
● Refer you to other service providers for any additional assistance you may require.

Bookmark this page and keep the following time line handy as a general guide to what you ought to be focusing on at each step of the way.













One Year Before Separation

• Check out the Reserve and Guard programs – you could earn pay, benefits, and a pension.

• Begin researching your relocation, benefits, job boards, etc. This should include researching government agency hiring schedules in all areas you are considering relocating to. This will cut down on wait time once you leave the service as some departments only hire every few years.

• Contact your Education or Transition Office to take a Job Skills and Interest assessment, to determine the best civilian career field.

• Check out the Career Fields that interest you.

• Start attending Job Fairs to begin networking.

• Meet thousands of government employees who are former vets on GovCentral.

• Contact your TAP or personnel division office for information about your services terminal leave and precede time policies. Note: You can actually check out from your present unit, move, and begin working a new job months before you are officially separated from the service.

• Plan your terminal leave and proceed time to determine how soon you can begin working your new job.

• Join a professional organization or union in your career field.

• Actively pursue using your Military Education and Training Benefits to improve your qualifications.

• Start using Military.com’s Resume Builder to develop your resume.

• Contact your medical department to begin scheduling any required physicals.

• Read through the GovCentral"Ten Steps to Getting a Government Job" Guide for a walk-through of all the major government agencies and insider tips into how to make your application the best it can possibly be.


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Eight Months Before Separation

• Contact the government agencies that interest you. Find out what their hiring schedule is and if they will be hosting or attenting a job fair anytime soon. Get the name and number of any recruiters or personnel with whom you spoke.

• Pickup applications and start filling them out. This will take several weeks, since there will be a lot of personal information and history you will need to track down.

• Use the military.com Federal Resume Handbook if you’re planning to apply for a federal job.


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Six Months Before Separation

• Contact your Transition Assistance Office for help in beginning the pre-separation process, developing your personal transition plan, filling out the required forms.

• Begin making copies of your medical records – make sure you get the copies certified by your medical office or they will be considered worthless.

• Begin posting your e-resume but be make sure to include your actual date of availability.

• Attend a TAP seminar.

• Continue to attend any job-fairs, seminars and training available in your area.

• Submit your applications to the agencies you want to apply to.


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Five Months Before Separation

• Actively research the job market in your chosen geographic area, and career field.

• Make sure you have budgeted and saved enough to get you through your transition.

• Continue to attend job fairs, career fairs, and any TAP related events.


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Four Months Before Separation

• Make sure your Verification Education and Training Records (DD2586) are in order.

• Contact your personnel office for assistance with planning your relocation and visit Military.com for your free Moving Kit and up to date relocation information.

• Continue to build your network on GovCentral

• Contact your military housing office to begin planning your check-out.


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Three Months Before Separation

• If you haven’t already, start putting together your civilian wardrobe.

• Contact your Personnel Office to start the paperwork for your separation and arranging the shipment of your household goods (HHG).

• Contact your base Personal Property Office to schedule an appointment for counseling on your shipment of HHG.

• Work closely with your TAP office and continue to attend any available TAP events.

• Contact a Vet Employment Rep in the area you will be living.

• (Retirees Only – Required by Law) Complete your Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) paperwork.


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Two Months Before Separation

• Continue to actively hunt for job opportunities and send out resumes.

• Verify your DD214. Your DD 214 is the most important document you will ever take away from the military. Any inaccuracies that go un-fixed may cause you to be ineligible for VA benefits, or worse.

• Make sure your DD214 reflects all awards, citations, and MOS information.

• Apply for permissive orders to go house hunting in the area you are planning to move to.

• Make sure your departure physical is correct.


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One Month Before Separation

• If you have completed this checklist you should be able to spend the last 30 days taking care of your packing, checking out and getting settled into your new life.

• Remember: Within the first 120 days after separation many of your benefits (Life Insurance, Health Insurance, etc.) expire, so you should check out your options for replacing these benefits ASAP.


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    CALLA66

    about 5 years ago

    50 comments

    VETERAN PREFERENCE IS BUNCH OF LIES IT HAS MORE LOOPHOLES IN IT THAT A PSEGGETTI STRAINER, THE GOVERNMENT IS ANTI VETERAN ANTI AMERICAN. OUR OWN GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN VETERANS ITS ALL LIE.

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    frankwgonzalez

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Great information on the things you think will get you hired but I am sorry to report it is not what you know or what you have done its who you know and who you have pissed off that is now in the hiring authority position. NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK! Its all about who you know. You may be the Lords gift to mankind in your area of expertise but if you don't know the right poepl to get you hired you won't get the job even if you are recommended. I recommend the following as well: 1) If you are not recommended appeal the decision and fight for it, the last thing they want is a congressional inquiry or a DAV inquiry into discrimanatory hiring practices. 2) Apply VERY early in the job announcement posting. 3) Know someone where you want to work.

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    kencpotishnak

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    This is all great for the guys that just got out of the service or the ones that are still in but how about us Vietnam guys that have over 25 years experience in something else that has nothing to do with what we did in the service. I have built a career as a Maintenance Manager in the casino world were everybodies problems are mine. I had to know something about 6 different trades, not saying I had to be an expert in them all, but I had to know them to run crews to make repairs in the casino/ hotel world. Had to know building codes in Plumbing, Electricial, Fire and Board of Health.
    I was laid off twice last year and only worked 5 months all year and I'm still out of work. Yes I'm going on 60 years old and have school loans to pay for my kids schooling taxes and what have you. Companies see all this experience, total it up, see how old I am and you never hear from them. I have applied to some of these jobs on Govjobs.com in the past and never heard from them. I have applied to 28 other jobs and still out of work. Don't let anybody tell you your age doesn't matter because it does.

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    BonnieOBrien

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I recently did a project with the DoD for their hiring and recruiting. I worked on USAJobs from the hiring side as well as the candidate side. There are are certain things that most candidates are unaware of:
    1. Sometimes the hiring group will hire based on the paperwork and never meet the candidate.
    Because of this, it is very important to ensure that when candidates self nominate that they mirror the job description within their resume and not making sure that the apprpriate key words are being used.
    2. Applying to the government is different than applying for jobs in the private sector. For government jobs you need to make sure that the resume and application contains EVERY job, training class, certification, education, award, etc. is included. The data should incllude EVERYTHING you have ever done.
    3. Applicants should make sure that the MEET all qualification criteria.

    You do not need a professional resume writer for government jobs if you have all the information on past employment because the format doesn't come out the same way you put it in.

    Good Luck!
    Bonnie@placementprofessionals.com

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    rustyday

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    for 6 months i have been applying to jobs on usa jobs.com i have 5 points i must b doing something wrong..when can i get a break.. i have two sons i raise on my own and $ is so tight.. im a hard team player ive been in construction for 13 years after the navy.. im so broke i had to go back to the reserve.. its been a real rough year.. i dnt mean to sound like a sap. sry.. everything was stolen from me this year.. wife job truck and my boys bikes.. and it sucks cause the federal gov says they will help but 240 dollars doesnt help and wth the banks calling everyday, ahhhh, im staying positive for my boys though. they need me to be tough so i will for them.. if u know anyone who needs help in phoenix let me kno cottonfieldracing@yahoo.com

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    retarmygal

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    should be-folks at Nc CPAC DO NOT care

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    retarmygal

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Carden: I too have been applying for jobs at Fort Sam and Lackland and have paid professionals to write my resume-ALL to no avail. I think the whole government hiring process is messed up and the folks at NC CPAC do care. Lot's of inbreeding going on I bet! Nothing will get done because of that for sure! Makes me wonder if we REALLY want to work for the Army as civilians if there is this kind of incompetence. 10 pt veterans pref, BS in HR, MBA, 21.5 years of varied Army leadership, mgmt and KSA experience and 13 years of corporate experience and I still see "not among the best qualified therefore your resume was not referred to the hiring agency." Give me a break. IF I am NOT among the best qualified (or you for that matter ;-) what are they hiring? Sad sacks, as you say, and incompetents. The more things change the more they stay the same. I agree-the ALL should be REPLACED.

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    carden

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    I think your 11 steps is a good artice - but for 5 years I have applied for positions at the North Central US Army CPAC for Ft. Sam Houston Texas and have yet to get a bite on my resume. My resume has been through 7 re-writes and the last time it was co-authored by a representative from the Office of Personnel Management and rated at a GS 11-12 level only to be turned down cold by the North Central CPAC. Even my Military Service was insulted by a Mr. Hanson who is a Human Resource Representative at this very Office. But guess what nothing was done I wrote the appropiate people reference these issues and guess what nothing got done. Veterans do not have the advantage as you say they do with the US Army North Central CPAC office, even the director is a lame duck. They do not think they have to answer questions and they act like they are untouchable. This is the largest buch of sad sacks I have had the displeasure of dealing with. My opinion they all should be replaced.

    Kenneth J. Carden
    SFC US Army retired
    210.296.4742

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    ddog79

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm not sure of the answer to darrocs' question as to the documentation, I only have my own experience as a point of reference. I applied for and was interviewed for a VA job while I was still on active duty as a Marine. I got the phone call about two weeks later with the job offer. I started work at the VA while I was on terminal leave, one week prior to my retirement date. I was told by our human resources person that I would not get paid by the VA for that week since I was still being paid by the military. I was please to find out two weeks later that she was wrong. I received my military and government pay for the one week overlap period. I assume it was legal since no one has said anything to me for the two years I've been a gov worker.

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    SFCRaymondrThibault

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    I always kept my documentation up to date. I was the only one on site in Salopi Turkey/ Zakhu Iraq in 1991 Operation Provide Comfort, 21st/22nd TAACOM Logistics with a NATO Secret Clearence. The Oficers had to depend on an SFC to update and brief them NCOS get it done.

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    darrocs

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I am getting ready to retire from the Army soon and cannot find any documentation on whether or not I can start a GS position while on PTDY and Terminal Leave. Can anyone out there point me in the direction where I can find this documentation? Thanks.

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    Seven7777

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Vietnam "era" vet. Desert Shield/Storm vet. Iraqi freedom vet. I have been in and out of the Military due to the treatment that vets have faced sinced the 70's when they try and re-enter civilian life. I've seen all the horrors. After Desert shield/Storm, I just knew that it was my last hoorah! Joined the Resrerves and worked in the private sector (on the civilian side). No respect. Mar 2003, I was called back to serve. Imagine that. Well, i tried it one final time and my unit got deployed in June 2006. My bubble was busted because my wife has severe rhumetoid arthritis. I could not go. Don't know what has happened to my unit but; I sure wish i could be there with them. At least i'm working in the private sector. right? Yeah. Got laid off in Mar 2008. Still laid off. Been applying everywhere. Attending Job-fairs etc....Am i bitter??? No. I just miss the military. Hoorah!!

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    Chris_Cosgriff

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    Unfortunately, the document is not available offline at this time. We'll work on creating a document version.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Is there any way to view this article as a Word document? I'm currently going through ACAP and would like to share the article with the other military members in my group that will be separating soon. Thanks.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I aim to help.

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