Understanding the VET GUIDE on the OPM Website for Federal Government Employment

November 2, 2007 – 8:37 pm

If you are a veteran of the armed forces who served our country, it is important for you to understand the Vet Guide on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website for the Federal government.  As a veteran, you may be entitled to a veterans preferences under the United States Code.Statutory employment requirement for veterans are found in titles 5 and 38 of the United States Code.  Under title 5, service during a “war” is used to decide the entitlement to Veterans’ preference and service credit.  OPM interprets this to be a war declared by Congress.  However, title 38 defines “period of war” and includes non-declared warms such as the Persian Gulf, Korea and Vietnam.  These conflicts may entitle a veteran to benefits under title 38 but not preference or service credit under title 5.  Using the correct definitions will help veterans determine their eligibility for certain employment benefits and rights in the Federal government.If you are veteran seeking a coveted position with the Federal government, consider investing in a professional resumewriter who is familiar with Federal specifications.  A professional can assist you in understanding and navigating the application process and give you a resume that make you stand head and shoulder above the other candidates.

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