USA JOBS Connects with Major Search Engines

Initiative raises visibility of Federal job postings

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Linda M. Springer announced USAJOBS has initiated a new data feed with vacancy announcement information being made available to major Internet search engines. As a result of the initiative, users of the major search engines will have enhanced access to information about Federal job vacancies posted on USAJOBS.

“By doing this, we’re making information about the tens of thousands of Federal job openings posted at any given moment on USAJOBS as broadly accessible as possible on the Web,” said Springer upon announcing OPM’s latest outreach effort for the U.S. government’s central vacancy-posting portal.Using the data feed from USAJOBS, Internet search engines will be able to provide their own users with access to information previously only available through a keyword search on the USAJOBS website. For example, someone who types in a job title on Google or other engines, such as “IT Specialist” or “Electrical Engineer”, will now also see links to Federal vacancy announcements in those fields.”The result is we’re reaching an ever-wider and more diverse universe of qualified prospects for Federal employment, providing access to the information people need in order to be aware and consider the opportunities that are available,” said the OPM Director, who indicated the enhanced access became effective on December 1, 2007USAJOBS currently features over 60,000 vacancy announcements from throughout the Federal government. The site averages over 10 million visitors each month, who generate over 123 million monthly page hits. USAJOBS has over 5 million active job seeker accounts and has over 2 million Federal resumes online.

Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

The “Best Places to Work”, 2007 is the third is a series by

Geared toward a broad audience of job seekers, researchers, federal employees and government leaders, Best Places to Work draws on responses from more than 221,000 civil servants to produce detailed rankings of employee engagement across 283 federal agencies and subcomponents.

The Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation use data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Human Capital Survey to rank agencies and subcomponents. Agencies and subcomponents are ranked on a Best Places to Work index score, which measures overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work score is calculated both for the organization as a whole and also for specific demographic groups.

In addition to this employee engagement rating, agencies and subcomponents are also scored in 10 workplace environment (“best in class”) categories such as effective leadership, employee skills/mission match and work/life balance.

Best Places also offers a snapshot overview of each agency and subcomponent, trend data on changes since 2003 and 2005, tips and information for job seekers, and expert analysis of what the results mean.

Download the 2007 Best Places to Work Rankings Brochure

OPM Director Appoints Kevin L. Marshall as Director of the Federal Executive Institute

Washington, D.C.U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Linda M. Springer has named Kevin L. Marshall as Director of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). FEI is the federal government’s center for executive development located in Charlottesville, Virginia.”Kevin is a dedicated public servant who is well equipped to lead the FEI into the future,” said Springer.As Director of the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, Marshall worked with its staff to increase student enrollment. He also conceived, developed and implemented an enterprise-wide, web-based leadership tool.Marshall’s previous work experience includes a number of positions within the Coast Guard. He most recently served as Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, where he was responsible for its operations, administration and strategic planning.

The Leadership Journey: Competency-Based Learning

At OPM’s Center for Leadership Capacity Services (CLCS), we believe that great leaders are made, not born. With 40 years of experience, we have come to know and appreciate virtually every challenge faced by Federal executives and managers along their Leadership Journey. Compared to private sector training companies, we better understand Government leadership training needs because we are Government.The five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), based on an OPM study of 8,000 Federal executives, managers, and supervisors, form the foundation for all CLCS programs and services. Today these core qualifications, and the 28 competencies they comprise, are used throughout Government as an essential part of an agency’s selection, development, and performance management system. For the individual Federal manager or executive, the ECQs represent the guideposts along the pathway to career and organizational success — The Leadership Journey.

A Phased Approach to Higher Performance

While CLCS does not recommend any single developmental pathway for individuals or groups, we have over 40 years’ experience in needs-based curriculum development for Federal Government agencies. Our Core Leadership Curriculum stands as one of the most successful training programs ever conceived for Federal managers. In this multi-phased approach, participants are engaged in a career-long process of leadership development, from the pre-supervisory level through preparation for the Senior Executive Service (SES).Beginning with the Leadership Potential Seminar and culminating with the four-week Leadership for a Democratic Society program, leaders continually and sequentially prepare for higher levels of responsibility, while providing their agencies with a blueprint for succession planning. These seminars and programs make up CLCS’s Core Leadership Curriculum.

Does your Military Background Really Count for Anything on your Federal Resume? Let’s See…

If you are seeking a coveted Federal position, you may be wondering if your military background really counts on your resume. The answer is that your military background definitely gives you an advantage in the competitive Federal job arena.Skills you gained in the military are directly transferable to may of the positions the Federal government is looking to fill. Military experience is valued and some of the jobs are quite similar to work done by members of the military. Certifications gained in the military such as top secret clearance are sought after by Federal agencies and these qualifications may not be recognized as important in the private sector. Military experience can even substitute for a degree in many situations when applying for Federal positions. Further, veterans have been given preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Veterans with an honorable or general discharge may be eligible for 5 or 10 points added to their application score. Federal agencies even have discretionary authority to hire certain veterans without competition.When you are applying for a Federal position, you need to follow their specifications and indicate your military qualifications. Hiring a professional Federal resume writer who is familiar with the Federal job application process will ensure you have a total edge when applying for a desirable Federal position.

When Everyone Else Gears Down for the Holiday Season, Seize the Opportunity to Put Your Federal Job Search into Overdrive

Consider that the Federal government is the largest employer in the United States today and employs over 2 percent of the nation’s non-military workers.  Also think about the fact that many people gear down for the holiday season and take a break from activities such as applying for jobs.  While everyone else is sipping holiday eggnog, seize the opportunity to put your Federal job search in overdrive during a time when there are traditionally less applicants.The Federal government is constantly hiring and posting new job openings, even during the hectic holiday season.  As employees retire and get promoted, the turnover creates ongoing job opportunities at there can be up to 18,000 vacancy announcements at a certain time.  Consider the hundreds of options that may be available in your field of expertise when you apply during the holiday season!To give yourself an additional advantage, get yourself a special holiday gift – a professional resume writer.  Hiring a Federal resume writing expert who is familiar with Federal specifications to handle your job application can mean the difference between partying in celebration of your new job and the holidays or continuing to pound the pavement in search of a desirable Federal position.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) in the Federal Government: 5 Tips to Land that Dream Job

The Federal government is the largest employer in the United States today, with over 2,700,000 employees.  Further, for each Federal job vacancy, the number of applicants greatly exceeds the available positions.In a competitive Federal job market, how do you get the edge on the competition when you are seeking a viable Senior Executive Service (SES) position?  Here are five tips to help you land that dream Federal job:-Visit USAJOBS, the Federal employment web site to find updated job vacancy announcements so you can work on your application as soon as possible.-Be willing to consider a small pay cut, especially if you are transferring from an executive position in the private sector.  Remember, because Federal positions follow a pay scale, you will be likely to be earning more in the long run so a temporary pay cut is worthwhile for the right position. Further, the Federal government offers an unsurpassed benefits package, which you should take into consideration when applying for SES positions.-Carefully review the job vacancy announcement and follow the instructions to the letter. Standardized procedures for submitted your resume and application must be followed or your submission will not be considered.-Use keywords from the job vacancy announcement and make sure to include all the pertinent background about your education, experience and accomplishments.-Hire a professional resume writer who is familiar with Federal specifications to prepare your resume and application so you can stand head and shoulders above the other applicants.Having a professional SES resume writer prepare your Federal job application is an investment in your future and could mean the difference between landing your dream job or just dreaming about it.

OPM’s USAJOBS Continues to Attract Large Numbers of Job Seekers Who Want to Work for Their Country

Washington, DC – With millions of job seekers looking to find their “perfect” career, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) USAJOBS website continues to experience great success.

“USAJOBS is an example of a hugely successful internet job site, one that helps people identify opportunities with the federal government,” said OPM Director Linda M. Springer. “USAJOBS offers the American people a useful access point to federal jobs, and it helps them remain updated as to ‘what is out there.’”

During Fiscal Year 2007 (October 2006 through September 2007), a record 94,324,604 visitors went to the USAJOBS site, generating over 1 billion page hits.

“I am committed to USAJOBS and the helpful options it provides,” said Springer. “For those interested in federal employment and the benefits it provides, there is no better place to go.”

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2008, visitors to USAJOBS have equated to another record 10,000,000 per month; and, they have generated an average 124,000,000 monthly page hits. Should that trend continue unabated or further increase, FY 2008 will be yet another banner year for USAJOBS.

USAJOBS can be found at

Understanding the Various Federal Resume Formats: A Brief Overview of the QUICKHIRE Resume

Every Federal resume has a different format and it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the requirement to apply for the job you want.  Many Federal agencies are currently using the QuickHire format for online job applications.  Knowing the format so you can properly submit your resume is essential to be considered for a desirable Federal position.A QuickHire resume has a total of 16,000 characters.  This will need to be used carefully to describe your contact information, education, training, employment background, skills, awards, certifications, licenses and other pertinent information.  To find the KSAs, you are usually required to register on the QuickHire website for the agency you are interested in, provide your contact information and enter a preliminary resume, which you can update when you really apply for the position.  When you log into the QuickHire site, you will view the announcement, vacancy questions and KSA questions to be answered.  In most instances, the KSAs are 4,000 characters.If you want to have a distinct advantage in the well-structured, competitive Federal job market, hire a professional federal resume writer who is familiar with Federal specifications to complete your application.  It can mean the difference between getting the job you really want or settling for a job you don’t.

Understanding the Various Resumix Resume Formats: A Brief Overview of the NAVY Resume

Preparing a resume for a Federal position is much different than putting together a resume for a job in the private sector.  The Federal government has specifications with regard to applying that need to be following or your application will be dismissed.  The online Resumix resume submission system will reject your resume if it does not follow the proper format so it is essential to follow the guidelines carefully so your resume will be considered.

Your Navy resume must follow several specific guidelines to be acceptable.  You can describe up to 6 positions when listing your work experience using no more than 7,500 characters per position.  There are separate fields for your education, training, certifications, skills, awards, licensing and the like, which are also used for your KSAs.  The maximum length of a Navy resume is 5 pages, which can be somewhat limiting depending on your background.  Although most Navy resumes follow this format, not all do.

If you want to ensure the accuracy and impact of your Navy resume, have it prepared by a professional resume writer who is familiar with Federal specifications.  This solid investment in your future could mean landing a coveted position with the Navy or continuing to wish you had.

Understanding the Various Resumix Resume Formats: A Brief Overview of the AIR FORCE Resume

When you are applying for a coveted Federal position, each online application format has different requirements for the number of characters allowed, the length and the number of jobs you can describe.  It is essential to use the proper format to apply for a Federal job or your resume may be overlooked.If you are applying for a position with the Air Force, the Resumix resume format will allow you to describe up to 6 positions to show your work experience with only up to 1,500 characters per position.  In the format used for the Air Force, there are additional fields for licenses, education, skills, training, awards, certifications and other related information.  You also must include answers to all KSAs in the resume in this format.  You can only have one Air Force Resumix on filed for all the applications you make for positions with the Air Force.However, all Air Force positions do no use the Air Force Resumix and rather they use a paper-based regular Federal resume with separate KSAs for the application process.If you are looking to stand head and shoulders above the many other candidates, make an investment in your future by hiring a professional resume writer who is familiar with Federal specifications and the application process.  Having a professional prepare your resume can mean the difference between landing that desirable Air Force job and just dreaming about it.