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    Hey there. I'm looking for suggestions on any kind of temporary work I could pick up. I'm getting out of the military soon, and I know I will at least have a few months between when those paychecks stop, and any kind of academy (federal or local) would begin. I need some way to pay the bills. I already thought about Uber driving, or getting my private security licenses; looking for some additional ideas.

  • #2
    Any job that is legitimate.
    Now go home and get your shine box!

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    • #3
      Gay porn.....
      I don't answer recruitment messages....

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      • Anthropologist
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        An excellent addition to one's curriculum vitae.

      • DCFED
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        Loooooooolllllll

    • #4
      I'm in the same spot. Waiting to get onboard with a fed agency and I just got out of the military. I do side handyman gigs on an app called taskrabbit (that I've built up in the last year) and I've applied to literally every usajob im qualified for in my immediate area. Even a park ranger. I highly recommend against Uber or lyft unless you do the rental car program.

      Whens your EOE date? Get on usajobs if you're not already and start diving in. Sign up for LinkedIn, free premium membership for vets, and start applying. Monster.com, even craigslist has some legitimate jobs. I've seen a lot of signs around my town for people hiring. Just pay attention when you're out and about.

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      • parkscout93
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        I'm officially out 15 Feb 21. I'm still trying to decide if I should stay in the DC area and wait it out, or move back to the Dallas area.

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      parkscout93

      It would help to know your education and skillset.

      Private security as a guard might be a possibility. Perhaps temporary employment with a construction contractor (drywalling, framing, painting, etc.) or maybe on some other type of work crew. Retail or service industry (bartender) would have been a better option pre-COVID, but it might not be as easy currently. If you prefer the outdoors, then maybe something involving local parks and recreation. Depending on your background and education, there might be a market for academic tutoring services (some kids are struggling with classes because of COVID).

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      • #6
        Originally posted by nonotnow View Post
        Even a park ranger.
        Being a park ranger is an awesome job!

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        • nonotnow
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          I actually meant it more like because of the pay. But I bet you're right. I hope they don't ghost me like a bunch of other usajobs I've applied for. Just put in for it last week.

        • Anthropologist
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          @nonotnow

          Did you apply for NPS? Interp?

          NPS Protection Rangers (LE) require you to possess, or be eligible for a type I or II commission. Essentially that means that you'll need to have either graduated from a seasonal academy or LMPT in order to get those jobs.

          BLM or US Forest Service are good options, too.

        • nonotnow
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          NPS interp? Here's the link. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/583448600

          No gun but I just want a steady job until dea comes through or unless they dont. Id definitely work for the guys who carry. I do have a couple of academies under my belt.

        • Anthropologist
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          NPS has a lot of good people in interp and LE! The seasonal jobs are also really good places to work while waiting on other federal employment.

          I hope the DEA hiring goes smoothly and quickly! However, feel free to message me if you ever consider going into the law enforcement side of NPS.

      • #7
        I worked at a grocery store before my first police job (also was a reservist). Some limited medical benefits and a paycheck, albeit not much. Potential employers probably will like to see that you can hold down a job (other than the military). It probably is more desirable than seeing 1099 things like Uber and Lyft etc because they can verify things like employment and disciplinary records.

        You may want to consider staying in the reserves for a few years . It helped boost my pay (especially my first years as a fed) and provided medical coverage for cheap. However the reserves are not ideal for everyone.

        Best of luck!

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        • parkscout93
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          I have a commissioning course for the reserves in May. That's why I'm looking for temporary work for 3 months.

      • #8
        I would look into full time positions as well honestly. The federal hiring process for these LE jobs is absolutely horrible. There is no reason it should take two years in some cases to give qualified people who met the standard and passed the requirements, final offers. People will say "well that's the process" but the process sucks and needs to be revamped. Especially when some of these agencies are in hiring surges and hurting for bodies. On the topic of temporary jobs, I'd look at temp agencies like Randstad or Kelly Staffing. They help you build a resume and have people who evaluate the resume to find a good fit for you job wise.

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        • #9
          I recently left the military myself but before I did that I applied to agencies about 1.5 years out from my eas date. I took a break for two months to decompress then took a job at a civilian company that allows me to work 3-4 days a week and get pretty good pay with all the usual benefits. I recommend the same to all other veterans waiting to get into the government. NYC1175 is right where the hiring process can be bad and on top of that, your academy date can be further delayed. Veterans are more than capable of entering any civilian job regardless of education or years of experience. Put in the effort to find a job that can allow you to physically train, time with family or friends, and if the worse happens, somewhere you can stay just in case the hiring process is prolonged. As I found out, any job in the civilian world is temporary because you can quit at any time, unlike the military.

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          • #10
            I'd try to find something that continues to build the law enforcement aspect of your resume in the meantime -- just in case you don't get a final offer with the agencies you're already applying with, you don't want that time waiting to be seen necessarily as downtime. It's taking quite awhile to get hired at most the agencies I applied to. I started applying back in May and I probably won't have a start date until December at the very earliest. If I was going into a position that required an academy, I wouldn't have a start date until about 9 months from the time I applied. Probably more like 1-2 years if the agency requires an extensive background investigation and won't accept your military security clearance.

            You might consider BoP. They can hire fast. HR told me in as little as a month or two. That wasn't my experience though -- would have been like 4-5 months for me.

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            • #11
              Is BoP 6c covered?

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              • #12
                Originally posted by NYC1175 View Post
                Is BoP 6c covered?
                Yes

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                • #13
                  Originally posted by NYC1175 View Post
                  Is BoP 6c covered?
                  If you apply, make sure to contact your top choices and ask if they are in fact hiring. I ran into that issue with FCI Dublin. Depending on whether they're hiring, you may need to change your #1 preference on the job website. I'm told that only the institution you list as #1 can actually pull your application. Also, read the vacancy announcement questions and the questionnaire. You want your resume and cover letter to hit on every single question that you can honestly answer yes to for experience. Otherwise you may no be rated as best/most qualified, and won't get an interview offer.

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                  • #14
                    Be cautious with temporary work/multiple jobs, this can royally screw up your background investigation in terms of how long it will take to complete. Find something that pays the bills and is decently stable.

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