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4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen

4 Federal Careers for Guardsmen

Kathryn Troutman

As a member of the National Guard, you’ve worked in Iraq under tremendous pressure, performed the highest level of teamwork, ensured safety on the ground, and worked in complex international environments. And, with this military experience, you can add at least five points to your federal application scores. This can help you rise above some of the competition. The benefits with federal positions are usually better than private-industry employers — especially in this economy and job market.

You can use your new “mission critical” skills to make more money and have better benefits. You can find these positions and many others like these using GovCentral’s job search technology. Look through the list of jobs, and determine which you think you have the qualifications for. It might be helpful to read the instructions on ‘How to Search USAJOBS on GovCentral’. Many applications will require a resume and written narratives that describe your experience in certain areas.

So, consider these positions and many more on our job search page:

1.) Human Resources Specialist (Military), Oregon National Guard
Salary Range:$31,181.00 – $50,207.00

General experience: Clerical or administrative experience, education, or training, which has provided the candidate with the ability to search for and compile information/data, process documents, and provide information about regulations, procedures, and programs.

Specialized experience: On a separate attachment, identify how you gained specialized experience required for this position. Applicants applying at the GS-05 level must have 6 months experience. Those applying at the GS-07 level must have 12 months experience in positions that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

2.) Supply technician, California National Guard
Salary Range: $43,117.00 – $56,047.00

General experience: Experience in clerical or office work such as maintaining records, screening, reviewing, and verifying documents, searching for and compiling information and data, or work involving in the physical handling of supplies and equipment provided this gave the candidate some general knowledge of supply transactions and regulations, procedures, identification codes, etc.

Specialized experience: Must have 12 months specialized experience in closely related activities, which have provided knowledge of the rules, regulations, procedures, and programs requirements of one or more areas of a supply system, which has demonstrated the ability to perform at the level of the position to be filled.

3.) Administrative Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff of Army,
Salary Range: $47,639.00 – $107,854.00

Specialized experience: Candidates for this position must identify in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience and training that provided:

1) Expert knowledge of military and civilian personnel regulations is required to sufficiently advise and assist managers and employees in non-technical matters, refer appropriate technical matters, and perform human resources liaison functions.

2) Expert knowledge of the theory and principles of management and organization, including administrative practices and procedures common to organizations, such as areas of responsibility, channels of communication, delegation of authority, routing of correspondence, filing systems and storage of files and records.

3) Knowledge of and skill in operating a full range of office automation and associated peripheral equipment. Position requires detailed knowledge of administrative procedures, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper correspondence formatting.

4.) Claims Technician (OA), Field Operating Agency of Army Staff Resourced OA-22, Anne Arundel County, MD.
Salary Range:$28,379.00 – $36,898.00

General Experience: Incumbent requires knowledge of variety of office automation software to use variety of software for various office needs and perform range of functions including word processing to develop variety documents and using data bases to obtain information and develop reports.

Quick tips for applying to USAJOBS:

You have to add both your Guard experience and your private-industry experience into your USAJOBS Resume Builder. You’ll qualify for federal positions principally from your Guard experiences. Maybe your private-industry experience, but the emphasis will now be on your Guard positions. It may also help you to list all of your Guard positions separately – the active-duty experiences and the part-time Guard experiences. After you describe your Guard experiences, then list your private-industry experiences.

Keyword from generalized and specialized experience:
Be sure to apply for positions where you can show that you have the generalized and specialized dxperience. Add the keywords form the announcement into your resume. Good luck with your applications, returning home and your new career.

If you want to connect with veterans that may have jobs in these fields, you can network with them on’s Career Network.

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