More Than 16,000 Veterans to Benefit From $27 Million in Job Training Grants

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced 94 grants, totaling nearly $27 million, to provide approximately 17,000 veterans with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). Read the rest of this entry »

Navigating the Army Resume Application: What You Should Know

When you first go to the Army Resume Application site where résumé builder allows you to create or submit a resume there is a training module. This can be accessed in an MS Word version to read, or an online video can be watched providing detailed instructions. The site is located at and is a valuable tool the Federal job hunter can use. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Follow Up on a Federal Job Application

How to follow up on a Federal job application and submitted resume is an area of common error on the part of job applicants. Indeed, it is the main mistake made by job seekers who have a good resume. They expect the resume by itself to somehow magically make itself noticed when the hiring manager may have several hundred sitting on the computer, or on the desk in front of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Including Previous Federal Pay Grades on Your OPM Resume: A Help or Hinderance?

Is including previous Federal pay grades on your OPM resume a help or a hindrance when seeking a new Federal position?This is a source of discussion and of some controversy in the field, but common sense should tell an applicant that for the most part including the previous grades will help you. For one thing it shows that you are already a “member of the club” and familiar with the Federal system. Read the rest of this entry »

Applying for a Federal Job Posting Online? Some Tips to Help You Get a Leg Up

The first thing of course is the quality of your Federal resume. Is it as good as it should be? Do it get your skills and qualifications across to the reader in a manner that will lead them to want to interview you? If not, you need to improve it, either yourself through study, work and word smithing, or through hiring the services of a professional Federal resumewriter. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Use A Private Sector Resume to Apply for a Federal Government Job: You Need a Federal Formatted Resume

When you apply for a highly coveted federal job, you need to submit a federal formatted resume to be considered for the position. With so many candidates applying for few federal positions, having a corrected formatted resume can make the difference between whether you get the job or not.A resume that you would use to apply for private sector employment is inadequate for seeking federal employment. Traditional resumes used for private sector positions are usually one or two pages and are designed to be an introduction to a potential employee. Resumes used to apply for federal jobs are highly structured document that need to contain specific data for consideration. Particular details are required to be included in a federal formatted resume. Personal information, backgrounds information, work experience, special skills and other facts need to be included in the resume you use to get a federal job. Read the rest of this entry »

How the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Grades your KSA Statement

Your KSA’s, features knowledge, skills and abilities that relate directly to the job that you are applying for with your Federal resume. It is graded by the OPM, or Office of Personnel Management. When they grade it the OPM grader or reviewer uses a pre-establshed point system as a grading guide. This makes the KSA statement possibly the most important document you submit when applying for a Federal job.The KSA statement consists of answers to questions relating to duties and qualifications required in the position sought. An applicant needs to describe knowledge, skills and abilities in specific detail to receive the maximum number of points during the review and evaluation. Examples from previous positions or life experiences listed here add to the points received and improve the grade. It is important that the applicant study the job announcement and include key words that relate to the position. A key word can relate a great deal and will add weight to the KSA statement. Multiple key words will exponentially increase the value of the KSA statement. Of course, a professional Federal resume writer understands the grading system well and can ensure that you, as a client, get the maximum possible grade.

Top Resume Tips to Avoid Being Passed Over for a Federal Job Position

You’ve prepared your Federal resume in order to be considered for a great Federal job.  The purpose of the Federal resume is to secure an interview.  But how do you make sure that your Federal resume doesn’t work against you?  How do you avoid being passed over for a Federal job position?Step one is to follow all directions in preparing the resume.  Even if the information they ask for doesn’t seem relevant to you, include it.  That includes addresses with zip codes of previous jobs and schools, names and phone numbers of supervisors, and all other information they wish. It also includes the little things.  Proper spelling, proper grammar, little or no use of acronyms and abbreviations, and when abbreviations are used, restricting it to the standard government style, such as JUL for July, or SEP for September.The next step would be good writing. Clear, concise job descriptions, well thought out paragraphs, and images that come alive.  Good writing can make the difference in whether or not you are considered for the position, and indeed whether or not you get the job.  A professional Federal resume writer will have experience in the type of high quality writing needed, and you owe it to your self to see what they have to offer.

Your Federal Resume Must be Focused, Succinct and Potent if You Want to Land an Interview

Do you really want to land that seemingly elusive interview for a coveted federal position?  Your federal resume must be focused, succinct and potent if you want to gain the attention of interviewers holding hundreds of other resumes for one government position.The size of the federal government is continually increasing, as evidenced by the new Department of Homeland Security.  Positions are created and hiring occurs in various departments causing a need for more federal employees.  Your resume can make you seem insignificant or unsure, making a poor impression in a competitive hiring situation.  A highly effective resume is your way into the door so you can become a candidate to work for the federal government, the largest employer in the United States.Consider having your current federal resume reviewed by a resume writer or counselor to review it for strength and focus.  These skilled professionals will be able to scan your current resume and skills to maximize the potential of your federal resume and ensure it makes the grade.  A resume professional can assist you with the necessary cover letters and follow up, too.  Consult with a resume professional for a resume that get you noticed for that desirable federal government position.

Applying Online: You Need an Effective Plain Text Resume

When applying online a plain text version of the resume is essential.  When a resume is prepared in a standard word processing program such as Microsoft Word, Word Perfect or the word processing part of Open Office or Microsoft Works, the formatting is much cleaner and the resume itself looks better.  However, while MS Word is used by many, there are other programs out there as well, with no particular standard used by everyone.For that reason, most online sites and in particular USAJobs require that a resume be posting in a plain text, or .txt format.  Federal jobs are applied for also by submitting KSA statements, knowledge skills and aptitudes.  This as well should be submitted in plain text format.Translating your Federal resume into a plain text format isn’t difficult. You simply go to the “file” section of Microsoft Word or the equivalent in other programs, click “save as” and then choose “plain text”.  Afterwards, but sure to go into the file and check the formatting. There may be odd characters saved that need to be deleted. Many people find that using WordPad or Notepad for editing is helpful.Of course, a resume professional will usually provide a plain text version of the resume and KSA statement to the client along with the Word version.