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I want a job in the federal government, preferably working in International Relations, Government, Logistics, or perhaps something else. Really, I'd be happy with anything in the federal government/DoD. Please help!

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Adam Chambers Washington, DC

Hi everyone!
My name is Adam Chambers. I'm from Buffalo, New York. I'm a U.S. Navy Veteran. I served in a squadron and on the Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier during Operation Iraqi Freedom.My rate was Aviation Maintenance Administration man.
Since exiting the U.S. Navy, I've used my post 9/11 GI-Bill. I earned a degree in Religion & Theology and a minor in International Relations & Foreign Policy. Currently, I'm pursuing two degrees simultaneously: an MBA and a MIM. I really want to work in the federal government or with the DoD.
I've been a full-time student for 9 years and I have worked during that time at customer service, hospitality, security, and sales jobs. I've been busy.
I am very motivated because I need a living wage job not only for myself, but for my Mom. She is nearly 70 and cannot retire until I've landed a good paying job so that I can help her retire.
The workforce is so confusing and overwhelming. I feel pulled in 100 directions. There are almost too many sources to try and help people which makes it confusing for me. Please help!
Sincerely,
Adam

26 April 2019 2 replies Mentoring

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Jennifer Polhemus Santa Monica, CA

Adam,

Hard as this might be to hear, I think you need to narrow your focus some. What type of work would you enjoy doing, very day, for 20+ years? It's fine to want to work for DofD, but it's better to investigate the type of work for which you are suited.

Is there something you've done at school that would map onto a good job? What are your skills? Have you talked to the career guidance folks at your college?

You could try https://www.strengthsquest.com/home.aspx (approx $20, high-quality in-depth assessment) if you need help finding your strengths.

Keep pushing ahead!

28 April 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Jim Williams Minneapolis, MN

Adam

I am retired Navy and had a federal job since I retired. Not sure if I have the secret or just got lucky, but I landed my federal job by applying through USA jobs. The key is tailoring your resume so it makes it to the hiring manager. I did not use the resume builder in USA jobs, Instead I uploaded my resume and attached to the application. The other thing I would suggest is to apply twice for each position. Seems odd, but going through the full application allows you to review and respond to all the screener questions. Then you can save the questions go back and review you resume and ensure your experience reflects your responses to the screener questions. The other thing I will add is look at the federal workforce in your area and determine who the frequent hirers are, then start to network at those agencies. For Minneapolis, the VA has a big presence and all always trying to hire vets. Finally, consider looking for state, county and city jobs too. States usually have their own website for listing jobs. Check out governmentjobs.com for county and city job postings.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck to you.

/Jim

27 April 2019 Helpful answer

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