How to Get a Government Job: Transition Masterclass

Is government employment your secret backup plan during military transition? As’s Senior Transition Coach, I hardly ever hear anyone mention government employment as their very first choice of employer. Why is that?

When I first ask active duty members about federal, state, or local government employment as an employment option, most give me the same answer: I don’t want to work for the government. It’s usually accompanied by a dismissive lip curl – like I’ve just offered Elvis an entry-level job as the ant on a lollipop-moving crew.

Sexy government jobs

It’s funny how the disdain disappears as the months pass. The closer your separation date gets, the sexier those government jobs start to look. After all, 2.1 million civilian workers are employed by the federal government only. Veterans hold a big, big 32% of those federal jobs. Veterans find even more opportunities with the 19.7 million jobs available in state and local governments across the country. In total, more than 33% of male post-9/11 veterans find employment in government and 40.2% female veterans find a job there.

Woo-hoo! This can only mean one thing: government jobs must be very easy to get for veterans.


Not so fast, my friend. There are many things about government jobs that you need to know, and there is something standing in the way of your successful government career, which is a little thing called USAJOBS. Part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), USAJOBS is the website used by federal agencies and organizations to post their job openings nationwide. On average, they publish 900 new jobs daily, and more than 17,000 are usually open. They must need workers, right?

So, of course, you apply. If you’re skilled and lucky, you get a note that they’ve received your application.

Then you hardly hear anything. Even if you’re the only candidate on Earth who could possibly be qualified for a particular job, you may still receive a notice that you haven’t been referred for an interview.

What can you do to get a government job?

So what are you doing wrong? It’s complicated, and it starts when you think the government is just your job backup plan.

The government really wants to hire veterans. They don’t make it easy. That’s why we offer you FREE How to Get a Government Employment Master Class. In just 60 minutes, you will learn:

How to find a top government job

How to make the government want you as much as you want this job

How to Navigate a Post to Get a Response

When to Pay for a Federal Resume

Best states for veteran employment

Federal, state, and local governments have great opportunities for enlisted youth, junior officers, mid-career pros, senior leaders, spouses, and veterans+. The process is not intuitive and extremely time consuming if you don’t get the inside scoop. Sign up today for our FREE master class on how to get a government job from’s Veteran Employment Project and get on with your transition plan today.

For more tips on how to make a successful military transition, enroll in one of our FREE military transition masterclasses today. You can view previous courses in our video library. Questions for Jacey? Visit our Facebook page.

Jacey Eckhart is Military.comMaster transition coach. She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and Military Sociologist who helps military members get their first civilian job by providing Master classes through our Veterans Employment Project and on its website Contact her at [email protected]

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