I was terminated from the federal government. What are my chances ever to work for the federal government
again? Should I not even bother applying because it's hopeless?
long as criminal offenses are not the reason for your termination, the official
answer is that you always have opportunities to work for the government
regardless of your past.
knowing the specifics of your situation, the first question I would ask is
whether or not you had career status.
If you did not achieve career status, then your particular situation will
provide you an opportunity to not overtly disclose your past, since you were never
a career federal employee.
That is, since you never attained career status, you are only eligible
for federal jobs which do not require the submission of a SF-50, Notification of
Personnel Action, which would document a termination.
as long as the application and/or interview process does not query your distant
past, there is no need to disclose the past.
interviews these days are behavior-based and focus on job-related experiences,
behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. However, if you are asked why you
left the past federal position, it serves you well to be honest: period.
Now if you achieved career status, I recommend you check the Nature of Action Code in
Block 5-A of your SF-50 as it is required for
as this proof of prior federal service prior to submitting and application.
it is coded, 357 (termination) or
385 (termination during probation/trial period), you may still apply but your chances are slim if not impossible to land a federal position.
even if you get through some of the agency human resource screens, you will be interviewed and the hiring official will choose a candidate with a stellar record
versus one that is questionable.
I don't know all the facts of your situation, I hope these hints and words of
wisdom serve you well.
Yours in Gov,
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