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darkhorse520  
#1 Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:15:24 AM(UTC)
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Recently applied to a VA Police position that has 6 openings. Got a "referred" email about a week ago. I've got years of civilian LE experience, a masters degree, and I'm a Vet (USMC) over 30%. I've heard all the stories about how hard it is to land a federal gig. What are my chances of landing one of the six?
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#2 Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:42:59 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Firsttofight520 Go to Quoted Post
Recently applied to a VA Police position that has 6 openings. Got a "referred" email about a week ago. I've got years of civilian LE experience, a masters degree, and I'm a Vet (USMC) over 30%. I've heard all the stories about how hard it is to land a federal gig. What are my chances of landing one of the six?
I played the lottery lots of times...what's my chances of winning?

Seriously, without having your resume in their hands, a copy of the announcement, no-one here can give you any idea if you can land the job. Getting referred is the first step...getting an interview is the next. If you get an interview (especially if you get an interview for 90%+ of your applications), then the resume is right where it needs to be. The interview is all you..and that has often been the downfall of many a person with a great resume. Either the resume was exaggerated (to be polite) and they really had no real clue about the job requirements (especially statutory ones) OR they come across in a way that you truly do not want to hire them as they will drive everyone else to go looking for new jobs! On the other hand, I have seen people whose resume was the weakest of the interviewees give the strongest answers and be the one hired.

If you get to the interview...be confident, but not cocky. Do not help the interviewers play "Buzz word bingo", and if you use any buzz words, make certain you also show you know what you are talking about! (had some recently talk about using "Agile concepts" in his project management style...and then fail to explain what exactly he used, and how it make the projects more successful than other more traditional methods of project management...didn't get the job). Don't rush your answers even if you are trying to manage limited time. Stop, breathe, think about what you are going to say...then respond. It may seem like a million years, but the pause may only be 5-15 secondes. And if used wisely, can help you provide a succinct, but detailed response and take you less time overall in your response.

Good luck...

You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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darkhorse520 on 10/11/2018(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:54:56 AM(UTC)
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Awesome advice and information Frank. Thanks! I've been preparing myself for an interview. Looking forward to it. "Can't Wait"!

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#4 Posted : Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:21:41 PM(UTC)

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If you have 3 yrs of full time military you have status for federal jobs.

Fir us citizens veterans float to the top.

My concern is at 30% disables can you do what’s required?

The jobs depend on where. Some VAs will be more like security guards in a building if the hospital is just a building. If it’s a campus with multiple buildings then it would be similatpr to college campus police where you would be watch fir moving vehicle incidents and have a cap car and policing the buildings and responding to disputes in campus veteran residential sites on campus.

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darkhorse520 on 10/15/2018(UTC)
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#5 Posted : Monday, October 15, 2018 3:19:38 AM(UTC)
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It's good to hear my chances are good. My 30% disability status won't effect me at all in performing the required duties as I am currently a real police officer with a large municipality.

I'm standing by waiting for the call. Got my fingers crossed...

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