Military and Veteran Career Assistance
Armstrong is committed to serving current military service members and veterans and recognizes that they have special skills and unique needs. As a part of this mission, Career Services aims to assist service members and veterans with their career development process. We hope that the following resources will be helpful to you as you search for career paths, internships, and full-time careers. If we can assist you at any point, don’t hesitate to call us at 912.344.2563 to make an individual appointment.
Federal Job Guide
The process of obtaining a job with a federal agency can be complicated, but with lots of opportunity, competitive salaries, and great benefits and job security, quite worth it. Career Services has put together this Federal Job Guide to walk you through each stop of applying to a job with the federal government, from reading job announcements to creating a resume and applying.
*Note—as a veteran, you can often obtain what is called “Veteran’s Preference” in the federal job search, giving you a strong and distinct advantage over civilian job seekers.
Partnership for Public Service
The Partnership for Public Service exists to encourage college graduates to pursue careers of service, either with nonprofit organizations or the federal government. Their site offers many valuable resources including an annual report entitled “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government”. The site also has archived webinars that give strategies for landing a federal job.
The Partnership also give you access to Career Guides. The guides cover 15 career fields such as education, art, business, biology, IT, and others and give practical and statistical information on careers within t he federal government. Want to know where federal jobs within a particular field are located in the U.S.? Want to learn about the top agencies that employ your major? Want to see sample job ads you're qualified for? Click below on the career field you're interested in to learn more!
- Administration & Program Management
- Art & Design
- Business & Finance
- Foreign Service
- Information Technology
- Medical & Public Health
- Physical Sciences
- Security & Protection
- Social Sciences
Call to Serve
Call to Serve is a joint initiate between the Partnership for Public Service and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Armstrong is registered as an institution supporting the Call to Serve program. Their website will help you understand what kinds of federal jobs you’re qualified for based on your major and experience, where federal jobs are located (not just in Washington, DC!), and how to get experience through an internship with a federal agency.
USA Jobs is the site where most federal government openings are listed. You can create a profile and set up an account so that when jobs you’re interested in or qualified for are posted, you are notified. The site also contains a Resume Builder, which can assist you in creating your federal resume.
*Note—not all federal openings are listed on USA Jobs. If there is a particular agency you are interested in, be sure to check their specific website for job listings too.
The G.I. Jobs website provides a wealth of information for military/veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Resources include a military to civilian pay calculator, resume writing tips, and job fair information. Also of interest to veterans is the list of Top 100 Military Friendly Employers put together annually by G.I. Jobs.
Vet Jobs is the largest job search board for employers who are seeking to hire transitioning military or veterans. You can post your resume online for employers to see, view job openings, find job search tips, and take free career assessments.
Student Veterans of America
The SVA site offers great opportunities for veterans looking to gain experience. They offer stipends for internships which would otherwise be unpaid, paid fellowships with the SVA, and information on scholarships for veterans. Armstrong has a SVA organization of which you can be a part.
Vet Success is operated by the federal government and contains job postings and a tool that converts military job titles and duties into civilian lingo, which can be very helpful to you as you put together a resume to use in the private sector.
National Resource Directory
This site offers general information for veterans across a broad range of topics. You can find information about veteran benefits, how to transition to civilian life/work, and job search skills.
ONet’s My Next Move
ONet can be very useful to you as you explore career paths and options. The My Next Move portion of the ONet site is designed specifically for transitioning veterans and military personnel. It has in depth resources that give overviews of various job titles, along with information on training needed and salary. ONet’s Military Crosswalk assists veterans in converting their military experience to civilian equivalents. Simply enter in your military branch and title and ONet will bring up the corresponding civilian job title and duties. This can be very helpful as you’re putting together your resume if you are trying to transition from a military to civilian career.