Without my knowledge one of my college professors passed on my resume to my Agency (I was his Teacher's Aide). I graduated with my undergraduate in June 2001 and started in the SCEP program as a GS-7 in July 2001 - I worked almost full-time while earning my MBA (2003). Then was hired on to a permanent posistion.
Fast Foward, and look at me now! I'm still at the same Agency, same organization, held several different positions and a GS-13. I do have veteran's preference (10-point), but don't think that has helped me get any positions -- all on my professor's referal.
I feel very blessed and fortunate to have the job that I have.
I also met my husband at work and we now have a beautiful / wonderful / active 19-month daughter.