HOT JOBS: Contract Specialist / Lead Contract Specialist

SALARY RANGE: 79,397.00 – 103,220.00 USD per year OPEN PERIOD: Friday, December 08, 2006
to Friday, June 29, 2007
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1102-13/13 POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13 DUTY LOCATIONS: few vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

Status applicants nationwide who meet one of the following: career or career-conditional employees of GSA or other Federal agencies; reinstatement eligible; VEOA (a preference eligible or veteran who has been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service);or non-
competitive appointment under Special Appointing Authorities: Disabled Opportunity Program, 30% Disabled Veterans, Veterans Readjustment Act, etc.

However, based upon agency requirements, the area of consideration for certain positions may be further restricted. Read the rest of this entry »

OPM Committed to “Casting the Widest Possible Net”

Washington, D.C..- U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Associate Director for Strategic Human Resources Policy Nancy Kichak reaffirmed today the agency’s commitment to fully “draw on the strengths of the nation’s diversity” in building up the leadership ranks of the Federal Government, during a congressional hearing on the topic of diversity in the Senior Executive Service (SES).”Federal agencies should be looking both outward and inward as part of their SES recruitment efforts,” Kichak declared at a hearing before the House Subcommittee o Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Resume Job Descriptions: Keep it Short but Pay Attention to Keywords

When preparing your Federal resume and writing the job descriptions for previous jobs you’ve held, keep the descriptions short, sweet and to  the point. One of the worst things a  person can do on a Federal resume is ramble.  It wastes both the time of the reader and the space you have available to say things about yourself that are positive and will benefit you.Remember also that the reader wants to quickly scan the job description to see what you’ve done, and with a short and simple description you can then lead them into listing of the accomplishments you have at the job, something that is more likely to impress the reader and make him or her want to interview you.Paying attention to keywords in the job description is also important.  Software programs that scan for keywords are sometimes the first step in screening resumes, and even if it is done by a human being, not having the right keywords which you can find in the description of the job you are applying for can hurt you, so do your research and use the keywords naturally in sentence and paragraph form in the Federal resume.

Writing an ECQ for your Senior Executive Service Federal Applicaton: The Important Points to Cover

If your goal is an upper management or executive level Federal job then you will be working at the SES level, and ECQ’s are needed.  ECQ’s are Executive Core Qualifications, short essays that list competencies that the position requires.  The applicant needs to exercise all due diligence in wordsmithing because these documents are judged harshly and competition for these high level jobs is fierce.  The applicant needs to list all skills that are needed to complete the position as well as those that indicate an ability to fit in with and benefit the corporate culture of that particular government department.ECQ’s may be listed as accomplishments in business, ways that processes were improved at another government agency or private sector job, ways in which the applicant built coalitions, and other skills that are more specific to the position. The ECQ’s should demonstrate practices that fit the job and that will make the applicant seem like a natural and practical fit.  When working on ECQ’s, seeking the services of a professional Federal resume writer makes sense because the jobs are high paying, competitive, and the investment in assistance will be paid off quickly if the job is acquired.

When you Need an SES Federal Resume

Getting hired for a Federal government job in the old days meant using a very long, boring form called an SF-171, standard form 171 I government lingo.  Getting entry-level or mid-level government jobs in the 21st century, thankfully means using the new Federal style resume, allowing use of the computer and word processing software and more individual creativity.  Going past the standard Federal level and into upper management or executive positions with the Federal government requires looking at the Senior Executive Service, a pay grade in the civil service, and using the SES resume packages these higher level positions require.The Office of Personnel Management says that the SES is “charged with leading the continuing transformation of government…possess well-honed executive skills and have a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the constitution.”  Designed as a corps of executives, these are key positions just under those appointed by the President.  As expected, the SES resume can be quite long and detailed when compared to a standard Federal resume, and especially when compared to a private sector standard resume.  It also generally includes the ECQs, or Executive Corps qualifications, responses to specific questions relating to the position applied for, generally not more than ten pages, and separate from the SES resume itself and the cover letter.If seeking an executive level federal job is important then getting assistance in preparing an SES resume from a team that specializes in writing this high level of resume is essential.

Federal Resume Tips To Make Sure Your Resume is Noticed

Everyone who is applying for a federal job wants to find out professional tips to make sure that their resume is noticed.  Of course, a specialist in this area like a professional resume writer is always the best choice.  However, if working on your own Federal resume one tip is to use a clean, sharp looking font for your resume. Tightly worded and well written sentences and paragraphs are essential, and when it is possible to highlight certain important aspects of your skills or qualifications, then do so.If in the military you will have copies of previous evaluation forms by supervisors, and some civilian personnel will have those as well.  In that case, placing a section on the Federal resume that contains short direct quotes from evaluations that put you in a positive light will also make sure your resume is noticed, in a positive way.  These quotes can be italicized to make them more noticeable, and in their own separate section.Also if listing a college degree, boldface the degree earned to draw attention to the fact that you have it.  The same with specialized training or awards you may have received, especially form government agencies.

Using Job Titles on your Resume that Relate to the Position you are Applying For

Using job titles on your resume that relate to the position you are applying for are one of those things a job seeker can do to enhance changes of having a resume noticed and actually read by a hiring manager.  The more key words included in your resume writing, and the more job titles especially, that directly relate to the job being sought, the more attention will be paid to the resume.Many times a person’s job will have more than one title.  For instance, a sales person may be called a sales representative, a customer service coordinator, an account executive, or even a regional vice president at some companies, with all of these titles simply being a euphemism for sales person.  In this case, then mixing and matching the job titles, changing from sales representative to account executive depending on the position being applied for is acceptable and will call attention to you in a more positive way.Of course you should never lie on your resume, but simply making slight alterations that are factually correct and put you in a more favorable light are acceptable.  A professional resume writer can always help you if you are having problems determining what is acceptable and what is not.

Why the OPM Needs Your Social Security Number on your Federal Resume

Why does the OPM, or Office of Personnel Management need your social security number on your Federal resume?In this age of identity theft when many people are leery of giving out their social security number that is a valid question.  After all, no other type of resume demands the inclusion of the social security number and the practice of putting it on a traditional resume is discouraged by professional resume writers of that reason, and the simple fact that it is not the business of a potential employer until they actually prepare to ire you.The simple answer to the question however is just that the Federal government uses the social security number for identification of all types and may not be able to process the Federal resume if the social security number is left out.Federal employees are bound to follow the law and protect the security of your social security number, but if you are interested in the Federal job being applied for, making their job easier and allowing them to process the Federal résumé will be to your benefit.For that reason it is wise to always include your social security number on your Federal resume, as asked.Caution: If you later use your federally formatted resume for applying for other jobs online, remember to remove all personal information such as SSN, supervisors names and phone numbers, salary ranges, etc. These have no place on a non-federal resume and should be removed to protect your identity and personal data.

How a KSA Statement is Scored by the Federal Government

When writing the KSA’s or knowledge skills and aptitudes essays to accompany a Federal resume the process and importance of the KSA should be taken quite seriously.  Only the top three scoring KSAs will be considered, so it is logical to assume that only the top three by score will be interviewed, and as an applicant you want to be in that top three.The scoring of KSAs is based on a scale of from one to 100, and a candidate must score above 70 to even be considered, but the goal is to get between 90 and 100. This is accomplished through being as specific as possible in responding to the questions and having examples from previous employment or training that clearly demonstrate you meet the qualifications. Get to the point without rambling, confirm your ability to do the job, give examples of adequate performance of the job or a related job, and use as many examples as possible.Like any other part of the Federal job application process, the most serious candidates hire the services of a qualified Federal resume writer to ensure that they present themselves as well as possible.

The Secret to An Effective KSA Statement: Using CCAR

The secret to an effective KSA statement to accompany your Federal resume is to using the CCAR model, which stands for Context, Challenge, Action and Results.   Context means the title of the job you held or the role that you played.  Challenge is obviously the challenge of this project or this example. Action is a specific action in this case that led to the next section, Results.  In other words, what happened?  Preferably this will be of a positive nature.It is also wise when following this example or model to reference awards you received in previous positions as they re examples of positive results.  Also specialized training that you have had that would support the particular KSA statement. For instance, someone applying with Homeland Security who once worked as a police officer and attended a law enforcement academy would list that.Utilizing the CCAR model will lead to more effective KSA statements and better results for the applicant.  Of course using the services of a professional Federal resume writer increases the chances of good results because they are familiar with the model and used to writing to put the client’s best foot forward in this context.