3 Keys To Getting a Higher Level Position

Identifying Keywords in “Specialized Experience”   It’s essential to tailor your application to each SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Although certain Civil Service language is generic, every agency has its own catchwords and phrases.  Remember that jobs within the same series may have different skill sets or required experience from one agency to the next.   WRITE YOUR…

7 HOT TIPS FOR GETTING PROMOTED IN THE GOVERNMENT

FACT:  The average federal grade level is GS-12.  The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) FY 2013 profile of full time, permanent federal civilian non-postal employees showed the average annual salary to be approximately $79,000.   The Reality: Opportunities for promotion in government are plentiful, but it takes a strategy to develop your skills and prepare…

How to Prepare a Federal Resume For a GS-14 Position

Several years ago, we helped Jim Morris succeed in being hired as a GS-12/13 Program Analyst (0343 series) in the Federal Government.  Jim has now been in that same GS-13 position for the past 7 years and he is more than ready to get promoted to a new job. He knows his position so well, that it is boring and…

Congratulations! You’ve Gotten Your Degree – Have You Considered A Federal Job?

The government is hiring New Grads and Interns! Many college students list the US government as one of their top targeted employers. Read about the Best Places to Work in Government. The New Graduate Federal Resume is much different than the typical two-page private sector resume.  Recent graduates need to learn about how to expand…

Difference Between Contractor IT Specialist Resume and Federal Resume

The Government is Hiring IT Specialists   Requests for Information Technology Federal Resume Help has never been more popular. Yesterday alone, I received requests from ten IT specialists (cyber, networking, systems Admin, Customer support, policy – all specializations). Government contractors are ending IT specialist contract and services – with lessened budget, new policies and uncertain…

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to Make 1,700 or More Hires in 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service processes the applications of about one million migrants to this country each year. Qualified job seekers who successfully navigate the federal application process will land a variety of challenging career positions with the agency this fiscal year. New Hires Needed to Process Those Immigrating and Seeking Asylum More than…

Winning the Administrative Law Judge Structured Interview

BREAKING NEWS: Congratulations, if you are invited to the Online Component. We recommend our ALJ Writing Guide to review the 13 ALJ Competencies! We also recommend our Structured Interview practice if you are invited to the Structured Interview component of the ALJ Examination. Application Writing and Test Preparation for Administrative Law Judge Candidates Authors: Nicole…

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

The deadlines on vacancy announcements are getting shorter and shorter. I was quoted in this Baltimore Sun article about the new shorter-than-ever USAJOBS announcement deadlines and low application limits. From the article: “Troutman, whose firm offers federal job coaching and resume-writing services, reviewed the federal government’s online job portal and found applicant limits ranging from…

Helping Veterans Ride the Wave of Hiring by Uncle Sam

The July jobs report from the Department of Labor was a little bit of a letdown after strong jobs growth in June. More encouraging to exiting military in particular is a wave of hiring of vets by the feds. However, the federal application process itself remains daunting and off-putting. A certification in federal jobs coaching…