If you are interested in landing a federal job, do the following:

  1. Visit your family services center/TAP Counselor for information about federal agencies, the application process, KSAs, hiring preferences, and exempted positions for you and your spouse.

  2. Survey job vacancies online at www.usajobs.gov and follow the application procedures.

  3. Read the vacancy announcement carefully, determine your eligibility, and then carefully follow the application instructions.

  4. Submit an outstanding application (OF612 or resume) by following the seasoned advice and examples found in this rich collection of books, CD-ROMs, computer software program, and websites on federal employment:

    Books and CD-ROMs

    Many of the above resources can be found in libraries and employment resource centers or they can be ordered through Impact Publications (www.impactpublications.com).


  1. If you are interested in jobs with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), consult these useful books and websites:



Keep in mind that the application process with federal agencies can be lengthy and uncertain - six to 12 months before hiring decisions take place, and hiring freezes may take place while your application is under review.

Therefore, it's to your advantage to apply early for federal positions as well as make informal contacts within government agencies (do you know someone who knows someone who works in the office you're interested in working for?) to learn about their hiring procedures and how to best expedite your application.

Some agencies, for example, are not above "wiring" a position (narrowly define it around the experience and skills of a particular individual) in order to hire a specific person, who could be you if you network your way into government agencies through personal contacts.

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SOURCE: Adapted from Carl S. Savino, Major, USAR (Ret.), and Ronald L. Krannich, Ph.D., Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide (Manassas Park: Impact Publications). Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.