These three veterans, who found success in federal jobs, explain how you can too.
Chief Petty Officer
Mardi M. Muru
Recruiter, Veterans Programs, U.S. Postal Service
Military Service: Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Navy (1993-1997), Navy Reserve (1997-2013)
Rating: Sonar Technician, STGC (EXW/SW)
What do you do in your current role?
I work to help educate transitioning military service members, veterans, Reservists, members of National Guard, and military spouses about opportunities for employment with the USPS. I also advise these groups about internal programs and policies that support the USPS’ veteran population.
How did you get your first position with the USPS?
The Postal Service as a career was recommended by a Navy colleague. I applied for multiple positions (the application process was non-automated at the time), and was offered a mail-processing clerk position.
What worked best in your job search?
Social media as we know it didn’t exist yet, but I found that networking with friends and acquaintances from the military community was particularly helpful in my job search.
During your search, what attributes of a potential job were of most value to you?
I wanted job security and a good benefits package, and appreciated the USPS’ compensation plan and myriad opportunities for advancement and upward mobility.
What skills learned in the military do you apply to your job today?
My tenure in the military taught me about leadership, and the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment. I also learned to “drive on” when the going gets rough.
Best advice for transitioning service members?
Don’t limit yourself. Companies everywhere are looking to hire veterans for their technical and non-technical skills gained from the service. Don’t let your assumptions prevent you from researching every opportunity.