Military to Civilian: Starting a Federal Job Search

Transitioning to civilian life is a big change that affects every aspect of your work life. As you transition from military service and begin a career in the Federal Government, there are specific steps you can take to prepare yourself to meet the new challenges. Learn more about these critical steps using the following planning tools and the online course designed for Veterans.

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Training Course: Making the Military to Civilian Transition

Training Course: Making the Military to Civilian Transition

This course gives you a better understanding of civilian career development and outlines the resources and tools available to you on MyCareer@VA. This course takes about 30 minutes to complete.


Tips for Service Members Transitioning to Federal Civilian Careers

You have completed military service and now you are ready to start a career in the Federal workforce. How can you prepare yourself for your new work culture?  Review these tips to learn how you can assess your skills, discover VA’s mission and culture, and find out what a career at VA can offer you:

Career Development Activities Workbook

You want to find a career that matches your military experience or meets your desire to grow in your current field. But how do you get started? Career planning with VA’s four-phase career development model can help you break things down into manageable steps. Use the Career Development Activities Workbook to help you move through the four phases of career planning: Assess, Explore, Plan, and Take Action.

Introduction to Veterans’ Preference

The U.S. Congress created laws to give preference in hiring to eligible Veterans seeking Federal jobs. However, it is important to note that Veterans' preference does not guarantee jobs to Veterans. Read Introduction to Veterans’ Preference to learn more about this option and when it may apply to you.

Professional Networking in the Federal Government

When you network effectively, you are more likely to get useful career information and meet people who can help you assess new opportunities, offer practical guidance, and share lessons learned. Review Professional Networking in the Federal Government to discover the power of networking and learn about networking resources and strategies that can help you move your career forward.

For Veterans: Translating Your Military Experience into a Resume

Your military experience has equipped you with many highly desirable skills and characteristics, including discipline, integrity, teamwork, a positive work ethic, leadership skills, and the ability to work well under pressure. Learn how to set yourself apart from other applicants by featuring your military skills in your resume, and begin marketing yourself as an asset to civilian employers.

Interviewing for Success

An interview is your opportunity to help the interviewer understand how you will apply your previous military experiences to the position you are seeking. Follow the tips in Interviewing for Success and learn how to highlight your abilities and sell yourself to a potential employer. Get more tips on how to prepare to make a great first impression in an interview here.

Hiring Preferences and Vocational Assistance for Disabled Veterans

The Federal Government recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices disabled Veterans have made and is dedicated to helping you find civilian employment. Review Hiring Preferences and Services for Disabled Veterans to learn about hiring preference and assistance for Veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Federal Career Search for Women Veterans

Women now make up between 5 and 25 percent of the total Armed Forces, including the armed services. Read Federal Career Search for Women Veterans to find out more about the programs and opportunities that are available to women as they advance their Federal careers.