2008 flicc career and job fair finding a federal job from michele masiasPresentation Transcript
So you want to be a fed! Get Noticed & Get Hired Michele Masias Law Librarian U.S. Department of Justice
Types of Federal Libraries and Jobs
Finding a Government Job
Applying for a Government Job
KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, & Ability
Employment Outlook Federal Civilian Workforce Statistics: The Fact Book, 2005 ed.: http://www.opm.gov/feddata/factbook/2005/factbook2005.pdf Barr, Stephen. Senators Urge Government to Streamline Hiring Process. Washington Post, Friday May 9, 2008, D04. Best Places to work in the Federal Government http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/about/
2.7 million employees
300,000 new hires per year
1/3 eligible to retire by 2012
$61K / $79K
School Libraries (DODDS)
Museums & Historical Centers
Family Libraries (Air Base, Army Post, others)
Scientific & Technical Libraries & Info Centers
What is a Job Series?
1410 – Librarian Series
1411 – Library Technician Series
1412 – Technical Information Services Series
1420 – Archivist Series
1421 – Archives Technician Series
1499 – Library and Archives Student Trainee Series
More information: http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/text/gs-1400.htm
How Can I Find Government Job?
USA Jobs – http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
The Mother Ship!
OPM.gov – http://www.opm.gov
The Devil is in the Details!
May be on paper or electronic
Follow the announcement carefully
How a Federal resume differs from a private sector resume:
Always in reverse chronological order (most recent jobs first)
Two - six pages long (3-5 for electronic)
Contains compliance information
Title and grade of job
Social Security Number
Country of citizenship (most require US citizenship)
Veterans’ preference, etc.
Highest Federal civilian grade held
Job title with series and grade if government, duties and accomplishments, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, starting and ending dates (mo/yr), hours per week, salary, and indication whether supervisor can be contacted.
High school through college
Name, address, date of diploma
Course title and year taken
List language skills, computer skills, typing speed, etc.
Job-related Honors, Awards, Professional Memberships, Leadership activities
The Dreaded KSAs
Knowledge : An organized body of information, usually of a factual or procedural nature, which, if applied, makes adequate performance on the job possible.
Skills : The proficient manual, verbal, or mental manipulation of data, people, or things. Observable, quantifiable, measurable.
Abilities : The power to perform an activity at the present time. Implied is a lack of discernible barriers, either physical or mental, to performing the activity.
Context: Describe the situation.
Challenge: Describe what needed to be done.
Action: Describe specifically what you did – your role
Results: Describe the outcome in concrete, verifiable terms
Write in the first person (“I”)
Plain English – down to earth – interesting, thought provoking
Brag tactfully – Can quote from written awards or use statistics.
Buzzwords/Keywords (Especially important for electronic scanning of resumes and KSAs)
Use many of the keywords from the announcement without overdoing it
Action Verbs – ex. Train, analyze, recommend
Specific Nouns – ex. Reports, budget, policies
Descriptors – Accurate, National, Monthly, Diverse
Results – Increased, Quicker, Reduced, Improved
Research the agency & be prepared to ask questions about what you want to know about the organization
Ask yourself: is this the right job for me?
Learn the questions that are commonly asked & practice