Our ‘all-volunteer’ cadre of Federal subject matter experts and hiring managers work hard to provide individuals in career transition with the best federal employment resources and information, all through monthly virtual workshops and office hours, along with special events like “Fireside Chats,” at no cost. And even though we would like to provide more help to job seekers with other career services – i.e., resume review, coaching, job search strategy, etc. – our volunteers do not have time due to life’s obligations (e.g., working full-time jobs, taking care of family needs, and spending time with loved ones).
You might be asking yourself, “How do I highlight my experiences in my resume on how they impacted my organization’s priorities?”
As a retired federal service senior executive, my response would be: “Write like an executive.” And how to write like an executive is to showcase how your significant accomplishments contributed to your organization’s priorities.
By Frieda Wiley
When I applied for my first government job more than 20 years ago, I didn’t just sprinkle my resume with keywords. I littered my resume with them, thinking I’d score an interview. As I snail-mailed my FBI internship application, I felt confident and naively optimistic. Not only did I hear crickets, but I didn’t receive even as much as a rejection letter. I was crushed.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an upheaval in your life by forcing you into isolation, this time of seclusion can be valuable for reflecting on how you want to live your life going forward, including whether you are living in a way that demonstrates your values in life, and especially through your work.
By Alex Harrington
Earlier this month I presented…in a rare animated form, I must add…a webinar titled, “Navigating the Federal Hiring Landscape (Part 2),” which presented a handful of techniques to improve the federal job search experience for individuals looking at a potential career in public service.