By Kathryn Troutman, Federal Career Coach™
I recently taught my Ten Steps to a Federal Job® curriculum at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Here are the top lessons learned from that class:
Part 1: Ten Steps to a Federal Job
I introduced the Tough Love concept about using the USAJOBS Builder in this class. I have looked at thousands of resumes for federal jobs and I have just lost my patience with the functional format, long bullet lists and big, huge blocks of text. I am telling everyone who is sincerely interested in a federal job, to fill out the USAJOBS builder. No arguments.
A favorite activity in the resume writing class is writing a short list of your “hats you wear at work”. A transitioning military member wrote his hats as: Operations Manager, Supervisor, Logistics Manager, and Researcher. I added two more hats: Database Manager and Customer Services. This list will become the future outline format resume that will be easy for HR to understand and will match a job announcement. He is ready to write his federal resume today for possible new career opportunities in the government in Oahu.
Part 2: The Stars Are Lined Up For Military Spouses
This section was truly fascinating. I explained the interesting special hiring program for military spouses who are listed on their spouse’s PCS orders. This magic PCS order page can allow a spouse to get listed in a DOD job database that can result in getting hired above veterans and most others. The only jobseekers who can beat a spouse will be the priority placement program DOD employees who lost their jobs because of RIF. Getting into the database is challenging for several reasons: It’s hard to get the appointment with the HRO person to get registered on the database. It’s hard to get a great score on the resume so that you can get great matches for DOD positions near your spouse’s base. But the Program S is intriguing and worth the complications.
A military spouse in the class volunteered her Program S Registration and story. Her registration reviewed her resume for 1720 job series and one option code of OAA, which is Office Automation. So, the scope of her resume score was very narrow. The total possible job series for a resume could be 5. The total possible Option Codes is 10. So, this young lady was taking advantage of less than 10% of the possible matches for her resume. She knows now that she can rewrite the resume, strengthen it, and go back to HRO and get a new and better score. This is a GREAT contribution to the class!
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- March 15 – 17, 2016 (Tues – Thurs) – Loyola College Graduate Center, Columbia, MD
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