It didn’t surprise me that our August webinar, “How to Apply and Interview for a Federal Job,” was attended by nearly 200 job seekers, surpassing all our other webinar attendance by over 130 percent. When it comes to looking for a federal career in the U.S. Government, a job seeker’s number one challenge is writing a marketable federal résumé.
By Alex Harrington
For the past 7 months, many of us have been bunkered down ‘quarantine-style’ due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic only about 5 or 6 percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home, but today there’s roughly 37 to 45 percent teleworking. And when COVID-19 is finally behind us and our economy is back to full production, working from home will no longer be seen as a perk, but instead, a critical weapon in our fight against future pandemics.
By Alex Harrington
One can’t have enough information on how to navigate the federal hiring landscape. In fact, in one of my past blogs (Get ‘in The Know’ About The Federal Workforce), I underscored the importance of keeping a pulse on the federal workforce by reading…on a daily basis…the top media outlets that track and report on the federal workforce.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently published a memo to executive department heads and agencies regarding the implementation of the Trump Administration’s Executive Order) on improving the federal hiring process by placing more emphasis on candidates’ relevant knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities.
“As an older worker, what is the best way (other than to showcase my experience) to show that I am the best candidate for the job?”
For nearly ten years, I have been asked this question many times over. Quite frankly, when I was first asked about how to market yourself as someone past their mid-40s, at best, I clumsily struggled in my response to the individual’s age-related question.