A review of the federal government’s online job portal found applicant limits ranging from 15 to 300. Most fell in the 50-to-100 range.

The vacancy announcements with low application limits have been known to close within hours!

What Does This Mean for You?

If you are thinking about applying for federal jobs, you MUST get the resume written ahead of time. You will not have enough time to find the perfect announcement and then write your resume.

Instead, we recommend that you first draft your resume towards a particular job series. That way, when your ideal job announcement comes out, the resume can be quickly made read for submission by picking up the specific keywords from the announcement.

The July jobs report from the Department of Labor was a little bit of a letdown after strong jobs growth in June. More encouraging to exiting military in particular is a wave of hiring of vets by the feds.

A factor in the shadows of the employment landscape is a boost in hiring of vets by the feds. President Obama has made this a priority. For instance, of the 162,839 new hires the Executive Branch of Government brought in during FY 2013, 50,502 were veterans – 31%. In general, unemployment of veterans dropped .9% from 06/2013 to 06/2014 to 5.4%…While vets are being hired by the feds, the application process itself remains confusing, daunting and off-putting.

An Exit Strategist and TAP (Transition Assistance Program) specialist shares some secrets behind her 70-80% success rate with vets she coaches who are leaving the Coast Guard, as well as tips for other federal jobseekers.

It’s a hard truth: Nearly half of recent veterans who use their GI Bill benefits to further their post-secondary education are failing to obtain a diploma or certificate within a decade. And according to an analysis by The Resume Place, a major cause of this shortfall is veteran students’ uninformed choice of college majors, which leads to underemployment, unemployment or just plain dissatisfaction.

“Student veterans who have done a certain job in the military need to analyze how it can translate to the world of civilian work.”

Veteran students should select courses, projects, professors and internships that will support their post-graduation careers,” says Kathryn Troutman, author of Military to Federal Career Guide, Second Edition and president of The Resume Place.