My uncle, a Vietnam era vet, applied for a government job and was told he has "highly qualified" and had an eligibility rating of 105 on a scale of 100. He thought it was a sure thing, but did not get the job. He called the HR person listed on the announcement and asked why he didn't get the job if he scored higher than 100. His response was "there were dozens of qualified service disabled vets that scored 110 or more." Sometimes its just a numbers game. For those of you looking to apply for the government, I HIGHLY recommend the book "The Federal Resume Guidebook" by Troutman. This is the only book I found that made some sense of the hiring process. As recruiting said, there are no KSAs anymore, but a six or seven page resume is the norm for a Federal position. Think of it as your interview and resume combined in one. If you are using simple bullet points or short descriptions, you might as well not apply, regardless of what disability rating or years of experience you have. You need to make it sound like your skills and leadership ability shown in that job as an intern making photocopies one summer ended up saving the company, the industry, perhaps humanity, from total disaster. People from around the world come to you for your superb photocopying skills. Ok, that is a bit of an exaggeration, and sounds a bit ridiculous, but I'm not far off. The resume that fully explains everything you did, no matter how small, and how it relates to the job posting, is going to be selected over the a resume that has a one liner that says, "I've been doing this same exact job for 15 years and know everything about it. " If you fail to include anything that the description requires, no matter how small, your resume is rejected by the system. Also, you need to keep at it and check for job postings daily. I've seen job postings where the application period was less than 1 day. Sometimes the system screws up and bounces your resume out for no apparent reason, sometimes you can fight it with the HR person, sometimes you can't.