TAO Self-help

Title:Questions About Landing a Federal Job

Author:Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, MFRW, MMRW, MFCA-T

Date:July 2013

Source:www.militaryresumewriters.com and www.careerproplus.com

If you are trying to land a federal job, you might be wondering...

  • How is a federal resume different from a corporate resume?
  • How do I know if I am qualified for specific positions?
  • How do I build a federal resume with the correct character counts?
  • What are the keywords?
  • What causes my application to be rejected?
  • How do I fill out the assessment questionnaire?
  • Why does the federal hiring process have to be so difficult?

Everyday, I answer one or more of the aforementioned questions. Sure, the answers are simple to me because I am a Master Federal Career Advisor and have my finger on the pulse of federal hiring for the past 25 years. But too many, these questions are very relevant and for those seeking federal employment it is critical that these questions are addressed so they can be successful in landing a federal job. If you follow my articles then I'll be addressing each of these questions in my upcoming posts.

Federal resumes are much different from private sector resumes. They require content beyond your employment timeline and education. There actually is a method to the federal hiring madness. For the past 25 years, we remain abreast on the federal hiring landscape and changes. The federal government always has open positions posted on www.usajobs.gov, their main website, and they are always hiring.

Many speculate that the federal government is not hiring because there are sequesters, furloughs and hiring freezes. Just think of it this way: the federal government employs 2.8 million individuals. Employees retire, quit, transfer to other agencies, and are fired and so on. If you would really like a federal job — especially if you are prior military and have a 5 or 10 point veteran's preference, don't let the bad publicity scare you away. The federal government is hiring, it will always need new employees and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs that are mission critical.

Barbara Adams, President and CEO of CareerPro Global (CPG), the parent company of www.careerproplus.com and www.militaryresumewriters.com, has been a member of the careers community for the past 20 years. Ms. Adams holds four prestigious industry certifications. CareerPro Global is the only ISO 9001-2008 Certified Career Service in the industry, as well as one of the fastest-growing Military, Federal, and Civilian Resume-Writing and Careers-Coaching companies. The team of Certified Professional Federal and Military Resume Writers at CPG assist thousands of clients in applying for and gaining employment each year. We can help you land your military to civilian job.

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