2008 flicc career and job fair handout


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2008 flicc career and job fair handout

  1. 1. Career Opportunities for Information Professionals in the Federal Government September 2008Web sites about the Federal Government Workforce • Best Places to Work in the Federal Government 2007: http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/ • Federal Civilian Workforce Statistics: The Fact Book, 2005 ed.: http://www.opm.gov/feddata/factbook/2005/factbook2005.pdfFinding a job in the Federal Government • USA Jobs – http://www.usajobs.opm.gov • Agency Web sites – http://www.nih.gov , http://www.usdoj.gov , http://www.dtic.mil/dtic , etc. • Commercial Web sites – http://www.federaljobsearch.com , http://www.fedjobs.com , http://www.monster.com , http://www.washingtonpost.com • FEDLIB: Federal Librarians Discussion List – Moderated mailing list – all may join. See http://lcweb.loc.gov/flicc/listservs.html • Professional organizations, electronic discussion lists and networking in person – Special Libraries Association, American Library Association, District of Columbia Library Association, American Society for Information Science &Technology, Alumni organizations and many more. • Periodicals and Newspapers – Federal Career Opportunities (Federal Research Service) – Federal Jobs Digest (Breakthrough Publications)Federal Resume • May be submitted by paper, via email or through a Web site – Read 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  Announcement number  Title and grade of job  Social Security Number  Country of citizenship (most require US citizenship)  Veterans’ preference, etc.  Highest Federal civilian grade held • Work Experience – 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.
  2. 2. • Education – High school through college  Name, address, date of diploma • Training – Course title and year taken • Job-related Skills – List language skills, computer skills, typing speed, etc. • Job-related Honors, Awards, Professional Memberships, Leadership activitiesKnowledge, Skills & Abilities : often referred to as 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.  The main purpose of KSAs is to measure those qualities that will set one candidate apart from the others.  KSAs are developed through detailed analysis of the duties and requirements of the position.  Rating or crediting plans are developed to go with the identified KSAs.  Selective Factors – Needed.  Quality Ranking Factors – Desirable.  Subject matter expert reviews pool of qualified applicants’ responses.  Numerical ratings given.  Based on numerical rating, the highly or best qualified applicants are referred to the selecting official for further consideration.KSAs – They can be simple!  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.FLICC Human Resources Working Group : KSA statements in the followingareas: • Public Services: http://www.loc.gov/flicc/wg/ksa-pub.html . • Systems: http://www.loc.gov/flicc/wg/ksa-sys.html . • Cataloging: http://www.loc.gov/flicc/wg/ksa-cat.html . Michele Masias Law Librarian U.S. Department of Justice
  3. 3. 202.616.7734Michele.Masias@usdoj.gov