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Old 01-06-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Im 22 years old and I just left the active duty army at Fort Bliss, TX. Myself and my girlfriend are looking for a place to move to where we can pursue a 4yr degree using our G.I. bill benefits.

Id especially like to hear from any people in a similar situation if possible!

I drive a Ford Mustang. How much of a problem is this going to be? (Ive never lived in a city with snow).

Im looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment with rent $1000 or less. Id like to live near Fort Carson in order to try for a civilian job there.

Im looking for an area with low traffic congestion, low crime, good travel times to UCCS/PPCC and Fort Carson and preferably a "newer" area (apartment homes are newer/nicer). Can anyone recommend a specific apartment complex?

I know my questions are a bit jumbled and not well organized, but hopefully a few of you can understand what Im asking and offer some good advice. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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The car won't be a problem here, especially near Ft Carson, that area gets about the least snow in/around the city. The heavier snows are about 15-20 north, on the far north end of the city, which is at higher elevation.

Use padmapper.com to find rentals, lots of nice newer stuff up off Centennial Blvd along the foothills.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Check out Camelback Pointe or The Oasis (I think that's what it's called..?) on the west side of COS. Both have easy access to Garden of the Gods Rd which takes you straight up the road to UCCS. (GoG turns into Austin Bluffs Pkwy east of I-25).

PPCC has campuses spread across the city. For good access to the Rampart Range campus, try Bella Springs or Talon Hill Apts off of Voyager Pkwy...prob <5 min drive to campus. That would be 15-20 min to UCCS, which is more centrally located.

I've lived in, had friends who lived in, or toured all of the above apts and all are super nice places.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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I'm sure you'll be fine in your educational pursuits. There are a lot of good schools here. Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), University of Colorado at CO Springs, Colorado College, and many techincal schools.
..all in town.

Keep in mind, however, there are approx. 30,000 troops on Ft. Carson!!...there's also Peterson AFB, Shriever AFB, the AF Academy, and Cheyenne Mt. Air Station......that equates to tens of thousands of vets competing for civillian jobs on any of the bases.

It's not something you can necessarily just walk into. It's extremely tough these days and everyone's looking. In my opinion, landing a job would be the biggest hurdle. The education part would be easy.

Good luck to you!
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Agree with Terytee that competition for civilian Govt jobs is fierce right now. However, you can increase your odds in a couple of ways to land one. First, make sure you do a bang-up job on your application. Most Govt jobs are advertised on-line and use OCR (optical character recognition) software to filter out those not qualified for particular positions. OCR technology basically scans your app for key words that are common to that occupation or job. If you don't use the lingo, you won't get past the computer, much less get an interview. So, if you have a technical specialty that translates to the military civilian occupations, use the language of that specialty in your application.

Usually, you'll answer a bunch of multiple choice questions in the on-line application. Each answer has a point value attached to it (it's not too hard to figure out which of the answers has the most points). Answer each question at the highest level you can honestly justify; this is no time to be humble. If you have skill and experience, claim it, but remember you'll need to justify it in the narrative box attached to that question.

If you were an NCO, be sure and claim supervisory or lead experience if and when asked.

Make sure your on-line resume is complete and error free, including typos. Don't rely on spell check; have someone else (preferably an English major) read it and proof it, line by line, word by word. The twitter generation has reduced written communication to an afterthought. Remember that the hiring manager is probably from a different generation, one that feels correct spelling and grammar are important, particularly if the job you're applying for involves writing or making presentations, etc. If nothing else, it shows attention to detail, or the lack thereof, which is important in any job.

Unlike private industry application processes, brevity is not a virtue in applying for Govt jobs. Remember, your application will receive a numerical score. Only the top few will make it to the hiring manager for interviews. If you're given a limitation for the number of pages for your resume, don't go over that limit, but use every bit of it to sell yourself. Again, if you don't say it, you won't get credit for it.

As a vet, you'll receive vet preference, which, in today's market, particularly with all the returning vets looking for jobs, will mean you're still going to have a lot of competition. The good news for you is that, if you have the skils, you probably won't be competing with civilians who are not vets.

Something else to consider. You will be competing with displaced employees, who were subject to reduction in force and with internal candidates. Vet preference does not apply to jobs filled in that manner. Some jobs are advertised for both internal and external candidates. It's up to the hiring manager to decide which group from which to select. Usually it's an internal candidate. Nothing illegal, unethical or unfair about that. I know it's a source of frustration for external candidates, but it's a fact of life. That's why my advice (as a retired Fed agency HR director) for anyone looking for a Govt job is to swallow your pride a bit and get into any job, at whatever level, for which you meet the qualifications. Once you're on the inside, you can start applying for positions open only to internal candidates. That's where most of the higher level jobs are going to be filled and you need to be on the inside to be considered.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Thank you all for your help. This has given me a great place to start searching for a place to rent. As for the last two posts, they were extremely helpful. I left the Army as a Specialist, however, I'm a tracked vehicle mechanic which may be helpful considering the number of armored units on Fort Carson. I wasn't fully aware of the competitiveness of the market, though it doesn't surprise me. I will make sure to put a lot of thought and attention into my resume. I also have no shame starting at the bottom in any job in order to become an "internal" candidate.

My old NCO said he lived in Bellaire Ranch apartments, which is near the airport. Is this a decent part of town?
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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... My old NCO said he lived in Bellaire Ranch apartments, which is near the airport. Is this a decent part of town?
Not IMO.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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Not IMO.
Not mine, either. At all.
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