The government is the single largest employer in the United States, with more than 20 million employees. Working in the public sector can be a good choice if you are a transitioning military member, as you have first-hand experience with the culture and how the federal government operates.
Further advantages to government service are its competitive compensation with private sector salaries, including health care benefits and a pension plan. Working conditions are generally good, typical employees work an 8-hour day/40-hour week, and most federal employees are satisfied with their job, finding it interesting and rewarding. There are a wide range of openings across the country, and the career progression within the government is merit based, resulting in general fairness in promotions and advancement.
Finding a Federal Job
Here are some of the numerous federal, military, and commercial resources available to help you find federal government jobs:
USA Jobs – Most federal agencies post their jobs to this website. You can search for jobs by series, agency, location, title, and keywords.
FedsHireVets – The FedsHireVets Agency Directory lists individuals responsible for promoting Veterans’ recruitment, employment, training and development, and retention within their respective agencies.
State and Local Employment
Don’t forget the nearly 17 million government jobs that are at the state and local levels. The most numerous of these are found in education (universities and school districts) and criminal justice (police departments and court systems).
Network, Network, Network
In addition to using the many resources in this article, you should talk with friends and colleagues who are working for the government to learn about job opportunities. Use Linkedin to find government employees and connect with them. Conduct informational interviews to learn about their experiences in getting hired and working for the government. Your connections, along with the resources above, will help you locate government employment opportunities.
List of Federal Employment Resources