For direct online access to VA benefits and resources, create an account here.

While jobs in the federal government are all listed at this website — USAJobs — and are open to anyone with the right skill set and professional background, there is a program that can give former service members advantages in landing specific jobs in government.

There are a little over 2.1 million federal employees. About one in four of them, are military veterans.

The Veterans’ Preference program operates by giving a vet points during the application process — points that will give him or her a “leg up” in landing the position. However, it only works with listings that are open to a pool of job seekers, i.e. “competitive.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veterans are eligible for this program so long as the position they’re using it with is considered an “Excepted Career” and they’re not retired from the service.

For more information on this program, the point system as well as other career resource links (like contacts for one-on-one assistance in filling out job applications) click here.