There are advantages for Wounded Warriors in seeking federal employment. They can use veteran’s preference in hiring, and the years they accumulated in the military as well as many benefits carry over. The trick is landing the position. Recently the Resume Place, publisher of the Military to Federal Career Guide, 2nd Ed, interviewed Dennis Eley, Jr., Wounded Warrior Coordinator at the OCHR San Diego Operations Center, about the major barriers these vets face as well as the solutions.

According to the Defense Department, nearly 20,000 Americans were wounded in action in the Afghanistan War. When these injuries result in a 30% disability, service members are deemed “Wounded Warriors.” These warriors, like other vets, face challenges when attempting to land federal employment.

“At a time of federal downsizing, the Customs and Border Protection website is displaying a prominent “Now Hiring” notice, part of a push to recruit 2,000 officers to be stationed at air, land and sea ports nationwide.” — GovExec.com, May 2, 2014

The vacancy announcement is currently posted on USAJOBS and closes May 15, 2014.

“The new officers, approved as part of the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2014 appropriation, will be assigned to 44 ports in 18 states, according to a statement released on Thursday. Locations include New York; Los Angeles; Detroit; Buffalo, New York; Houston; Dallas; Chicago; Las Vegas; Laredo, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and New Orleans.” — GovExec.com, May 2, 2014

About one-fourth of US college students list government as one of their three major targeted employers, according to the 2013 Student Survey. Yet just 8.5% of all federal workers are younger than 30…a crucial strategy for bringing more young people in is strengthening their understanding of the fed’s application process.

The Resume Place — publisher of the new Student’s Federal Career Guide, 3rd edition and a certifying trainer on the federal hiring process — recently talked with federally trained career counselors at two colleges. Tamara Golden at the University of California, San Diego and Emily Gomez, MS at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill shared tips for getting the inside edge in the federal job market.