The Veterans’ Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act is a bipartisan, bicameral, comprehensive legislation that seeks to lower the unemployment rate among veterans. In light of the Act’s provisions and associated goals, the Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST) Program is more critical than ever: through teaching Ten Steps to a Federal Job® at your Veterans’ Employment Center, you will be able to provide key knowledge and insights about landing quality federal jobs, which are highly sought after by veterans seeking to continue their record of service to our country.
The VOW Act specifically addresses four key areas: expanding education & training, improving the Transition Assistance Program, facilitating seamless transition, and translating military skills and training. The CFJST Program supports the VOW act in each of these areas, and — in certain circumstances — you may be able to request this training and acquire funding to become a Certified Federal Job Search Trainer. Below are examples of how the CFJST Program supports the VOW Act and prepares you to help veterans prepare for a successful federal job search.
Expanding Education & Training:
- The CFJST Program provides three (3) full days of training with an emphasis on the tools and knowledge necessary for helping veterans apply for federal jobs. Trainings are led by Federal Resume “Guru” Kathryn Troutman, who is widely recognized for her expertise on the federal hiring process;
- The CFJST Program provides in-depth instruction on drafting successful federal resumes, targeting federal job searches, and understanding the federal hiring process.
Improving the Transition Assistance Program:
- If you are involved with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), the CFJST Program can provide you with additional tools to help veterans transition into civilian life. The CFJST Program addresses career coaching, emphasizes federal job-hunting skills, and provides up-to-date information on the federal government’s hiring initiatives for veterans in an increasingly competitive hiring environment.
Facilitating Seamless Transition:
- The CFJST Program teaches career transition professionals how to advise veterans about federal jobs and how to match their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), skills, and competencies to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) classification standards.
- Through instructing participants on federal resume writing, veterans’ preference programs, and other federal hiring processes such as military spouse programs, non-competitive hiring authorities for veterans, and the Veterans Equal Opportunity Act, the CFJST Program prepares you to teach veterans how to craft a competitive federal resumes while maximizing military backgrounds to get “Best Qualified” for federal job openings.
Translating Military Skills & Training:
- The CFJST Program helps you understand — and prepares you to educate — veterans on how to translate military skillsets and backgrounds into understandable “civilianized” language so that they will be able to competitively demonstrate their qualifications when applying for federal jobs.
- The CFJST Program’s focus on targeted job searches and federal resume writing specifically addresses individuals with military backgrounds and how to translate those experiences in a way relevant to federal jobs.