10 Big Mistakes Vets Make Applying to Fed Jobs
Kathryn Troutman | Federal Career Coach
Mistake 4: Service before self. That’s what we are taught. I’m not used to bragging, so I usually don’t select the highest level in the questionnaires (or go on and on about accomplishments).
When you read the selection of self-assessment answers, be very careful to think about all of the experience you have. An EPA federal human resources specialist said this about the questionnaires and your choices: “Give yourself all of the credit that you can in selecting the answers in a Questionnaire.” The questionnaires are scored like an examination, so your skills at the highest level will be important to get referred for a position.
The Ten Mistakes:
Mistake 1: I only apply for jobs on USAJOBS.
Mistake 4: Sometimes, I sell myself short.
Mistake 5: My job is too unique to summarize.