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New to the Federal Government FAQs
The Job Search  Búsqueda de Empleo
How Federal Jobs Are Filled  Criterios para Llenar Vacantes Federales
Employment of Non-citizens  Empleo para Ciudadanos no Americanos
Temporary & Term Appointments
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Ten Tips for Letting Federal Employers Know Your Worth  Diez Consejos para hacer saber a los Empleadores Federales lo que Ud. Vale
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Hispanic Employment Initiative  Iniciativa de Empleo para Hispanos
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Transfers  Transferencias
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RIF Benefits Guide

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Benefits and Compensation

Benefits  Beneficios
Dual Employment
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Veterans and Uniformed Service

Special Appointing Authority
Uniformed Svc Reemployment Rights Act
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act
Veterans' Preference  Preferencia para los Veteranos de las Fuerzas Armadas


Federal Jobs by College Major  Empleos Federales de Acuerdo a Estudios Universitarios
Internships  Programas Federales de Internado para Estudiantes
Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
Student Career Experience Program  Educación cooperativa (Co-op)
Student Temp Educational Prog (STEP)  Empleo Educativo para Estudiantes
Summer Employment  Empleo de Verano
Volunteer Service  Servicio Voluntario


For Veterans Spouses

Military Spouse Resource Center - Find resources on employment and education for military spouses, community information and more. Let us create a resume for civilian jobs that highlights the skills you gained in the military.

Special Hiring Authorities for Military Spouses and Family Members - Military Spouse Appointing Authority (Executive Order 13473) allows agencies to appoint a military spouse without competition.


Military-Friendly Job Banks


Veteran's Employment Resources provides multiple tools and valuable resources for all U.S. Veterans - job opportunities, forms, benefits, and program information as well as training assistance for private sector employment.'s Job page

Troops to Teachers helps military personnel begin new careers in education

Helmets to Hardhats matches military skills to civilian jobs

Calendar and location of military-friendly job fairs has federal jobs and employment information is a site for civilians and veterans working for National Defense's Virtual Job Fair with links to government and private companies recruiting veterans


Lists of General Job Banks

Military and general: Internet Career Links

Extensive list of job banks: from

Corporate Recruiting Web Sites: listed by company name

Explore Careers: for general career guidance, including help mapping military skills to civilian careers and tips for exploring various occupations

Job Search Support: for assistance with job search strategies, resumes, interviews, and more

Start or Grow a Business: for assistance starting a business after leaving military service, or assistance maintaining an existing small business during or after service

Military Spouse Career Planning & Job Search: for military family members looking for employment

Relocation Resources: for assistance in relocating to a new community or region

U.S. Army - Department of the Army website.

U.S. Air Force - Department of the Air Force website.

U.S. Navy - Department of the Navy website.

U. S. Marine Corps - MarineLINK

U. S. Coast Guard - US Coast Guard website.

Discharge Upgrade Information - Information on how to contact your service Board for Correction of Military Records to correct or update any information relating to your military service.



Corporate Recruiting Web Sites : Links to recruiting web sites operated by Fortune 500 companies.


Transition to Civilian Life

Returning to civilian life after military service is different for every person. A wide variety of services exist to make this transition as smooth as possible. The Department of Defense Web site offers many of these main transition resources. Additional transition resources are listed below.

Main Transitional Resources for Veterans

Need job or training assistance?

Additional Transition Resources

Get copies of your military records

Veterans’ Preference

Veterans' Preference gives eligible veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.

Veterans' preference can be confusing. In accordance with title 5, United States Code, Section 2108 (5 USC 2108) , Veterans' preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Please know that not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference.

Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge.

If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.

There are basically three types of preference eligibles, disabled (10 point preference eligible), non-disabled (5 point preference eligible) and sole survivorship preference (0 point preference eligible).

You are a 0-point Preference eligible - no points are added to the passing score or rating of a veteran who is the only surviving child in a family in which the father or mother or one or more siblings:

  1. Served in the armed forces, and
  2. Was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization), where
  3. The death, status, or disability did not result from the intentional misconduct or willful neglect of the parent or sibling and was not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.

You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:

  1. For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
  2. Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
  3. For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976.
  4. In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.

You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:

  1. have a service connected disability, OR
  2. received a Purple Heart.

If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor.

Now that we have discussed your preference eligibility and the associated points, let's discuss preference groups. Preference eligibles are divided into five basic groups as follows:

  • CPS - Disability rating of 30% or more (10 points)
  • CP - Disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30% (10 points)
  • XP - Disability rating less than 10% (10 points)
  • TP - Preference eligibles with no disability rating (5 points)
  • SSP – Sole Survivorship Preference (0 points)

NOTE: Disabled veterans receive 10 points regardless of their disability rating.

When agencies use a numerical rating and ranking system to determine the best qualified applicants for a position, an additional 5 or 10 points are added to the numerical score of qualified preference eligible veterans

When an agency does not use a numerical rating system, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category.

You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. Acceptable documentation may be:

A copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions

A "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

NOTE: Prior to appointment, an agency will require the service member to provide a copy of the DD-214.

If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15Adobe Acrobat Version [152 KB]) "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference."






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