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.
• 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