Are you a veteran? Searching for a veteran career? Are you searching for a job? If so, it is important to note that veteran?s are often give preference for federal jobs. That being said, you are only considered a veteran for employment if you meet certain criteria.
First things first, preference is given to those with an honorable or general discharge who have previously served on active duty: during any war; for more than 6 consecutive months; during the Korean War; in a campaign for which a campaign medal was authorized (such as Panama, Somalia, and Granada); honorably separated and qualify as disabled veterans; or a Purple Heart recipient.
There are multiple employment programs that veterans need to be aware of. Two of the most popular include: Veterans Preference and the Veterans Readjustment Act (VRA). Along with the veteran receiving preference in the hiring process, the Family Member Preference Program allows spouses and dependents of active duty personnel to receive preference.
Veterans? Preference, for example, gives eligible veterans preference over general applicants. However, this does not guarantee that the veteran will receive the job. Along with this, the program does not apply to internal actions which include transfers, promotions, reinstatements, and reassignments.
Generally speaking, when you apply to a Federal position there are two referral lists that you need to be aware of:
1. External with others who are not Federal employees. If there are several veterans on the list, the hiring party is not allowed to select a non-veteran. When a point system is in use, five or ten points are added to the total of the applicant. In turn, other candidates are usually out of hiring reach.
2. Internal with others who are Federal employees. On the internal list, veterans? preference does not come into play. Instead, all applicants are on a ?level hiring field? and hiring is based on resume, interview, experience, and past performance.
If you are a veteran, there is a good chance you can use this standing to receive preference for federal jobs.