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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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    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

    over 5 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

    over 5 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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    sldrgrl

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Thanx Scoob

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, as amended
    When an agency accepts applications from outside its own workforce, the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) allows preference eligibles or veterans to compete for these vacancies under merit promotion procedures. Veterans who are selected are given career or career conditional appointments. Veterans are those who have been separated under honorable conditions from the armed forces with 3 or more years of continuous active service.
    Purpose of the Law
    Improved Access: The intent of the law is to open up opportunities to veterans that might otherwise be closed to them because agencies were increasingly limiting announcements just to "status" candidates - i.e., those who were already civil service employees. This law requires an agency to allow eligible veterans to apply when the agency will accept applications from individuals outside its own workforce. ("Agency," in this context, means the parent agency - i.e., Department of Defense, not Department of the Army.) Veterans' preference, however, does not apply to selections made under merit promotion procedures.

    Improved Redress: The VEOA also allows a preference eligible who believes an agency has violated any of his or her rights under the veterans' preference laws or regulations, to file a formal complaint with the Department of Labor's Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS). If VETS is unable to resolve the complaint within 60 days, the veteran may appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The law also makes a willful violation of veterans' preference a prohibited personnel practice under law.

    Who is Eligible
    To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

    How to Apply
    Agency announcements will say when veterans eligible under this law may apply. The veterans will be rated and ranked with other merit promotion eligibles. Those who are among the best qualified may be selected by the appointing official, but veterans' preference is not a factor. If selected, the veteran will be given a career or career conditional appointment, as appropriate.

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    sldrgrl

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Thanks for your information however, what can a veteran who does not fall into either of the above categories (5pt; 10pt; or VRA preferences) do? Can you explain the VEOA of 1998? And are all former servicemembers who served 3 or more years continuously, with a honorable or general discharge eligible to claim this?
    Thanks

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Get your resume done early and go see a vet counsoler.

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