After working my way up from an enlisted Navy Cryptologic Technician to a Navy Information Warfare officer and then retiring from active duty, I had a difficult time finding an employer that appreciated the work ethic and team work I came to expect in the military.
My current job duties and responsibilities allow me to provide IT field support to the Law Enforcement Support Center with the mission to provide information on the status of foreign nationals to law enforcement officers and investigators working at the local, state and federal levels.
My military background gave me the ability to provide outstanding support to law enforcement operations nationwide, and I'm once again serving my country, this time out of uniform but with just as an important mission. I'm once again working in an environment where the values of integrity, honesty, and team work are appreciated.
My greatest take-away from my employment with the Federal Government as a Civilian employee is that my employer makes me feel valued and welcome. There are unlimited opportunities for people who are hard chargers and value public service. My organization has camaraderie, purpose, and service. My service to DHS has further drawn attention to the fact that my long term goal is to work in senior federal cyber security positions to provide critically needed cyber defense of government networks.
Veterans bring skills such as loyalty, leadership ability, reliability, commitment and teamwork that are valued by the federal workforce. Make sure your skills are translated to civilian terms and your resume is tailored to each job in which you apply. Attention to detail is critical when applying to federal jobs.