Each industry is different and comes with its own set of rules and challenges, but Federal Jobs are so unique it is beneficial for you to be as educated as possible. Most people are aware of certain differences between a non-government job and a government job, but some of the top variances are the length and content of the resume and the KSAs that are required when applying.
When applying to a federal job you want to make sure you have created a resume according the standards set out on USAjobs.com. This website has a resource that will help you build a resume suitable for applying, in addition to a job board and other career related resources. Another aspect of applying to a job with the government is completing either an essay or questionnaire regarding the applicant’s Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA).
The process can be difficult and sometimes confusing, but we have several resources to utilize when navigate this kind of job search. On our Regis University Career Services webpage we have a workshop about applying to federal jobs, which includes resume examples and sample KSA essays. You are also welcome to check out our Career Services Library to find books and articles related to this subject If you have any question and/or would like to make an appointment with our office, call us at 303-458-3508 or by visiting our website www.regis.edu/careerservices and clicking Schedule Now.
Here are some useful internet resources:
Military Cross-Walk DOT- ONET provides relevant feedback on the transition from a military career to a civilian through career the use of transferable skills and the matching of military and civilian careers. http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC
SIGI 3- A resources available through Careerlink providing an online career assessment focusing on Interests, Abilities, Values, and Personality and how they connection with relevant careers. In addition, this resource offers a matching of related skills with military tasks and careers. http://www.regis.edu/careerservices
Career Onestop- This resource delivers a Military to Civilian Occupation Translator, giving students the opportunity to translate using the MOC code, Keyword Search or Menu Search, which starts with the branch of service. http://www.careerinfonet.org/moc
Military.com- Similar to the resources above, Military.com presents a Translator for military skills, experience, and training. The search can be conducted using your military job Title, branch of services, and/or pay grade. www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator
Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs– The Colorado agency mandated by state law to assist veterans. http://www.vets.dmva.state.co.us:8000/
Veterans Job Bank– Offers a job bank linking veterans with companies that want to hire them. The search can be conducted through the use of keywords or the MOS/MOC code. www.nrd.gov
Veterans.Jobs– Provides a resource using the MOC to assist military personnel in the transition from active duty to the civilian workforce, veterans.jobs
VetJobs- VetJobs offers a job board that includes 14 million military veterans in the workforce and 250,000 active duty military who transition each year. http://www.vetjobs.com