Daniel Crystal

Through USA jobs, but before I applied I went through a “course” on how the federal system works that was taught by the state of Maryland’s POAC program, which is run by the state’s DLLR (Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation). Even though I’m a vet, found it immensely helpful to have someone teach me how the federal hiring process actually works, and how to write a federal resume.

I probably applied to 40 or 50 federal jobs over the course of three to four months, and heard back from 3 or 4 of them. After I accepted my current job, I still had to wait two months for my initial background investigation to clear, even though I already had an active security clearance through the DoD.