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ROA Employment Seminar 02/09/2010 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Opportunities in the Public Policy Arena Meghann Olshefski Director, Employment Placement Service Leadership Institute
  • 2. At a Glance
    • National Unemployment Rate =
    • 10.0%
    • Washington, DC rate =
    • 6.2%
  • 3.  
  • 4. Hidden Job Market
  • 5. Where?
    • Capitol Hill
    • Executive Branch (Political or Career)
    • Public Policy & Advocacy Groups/Think Tanks
    • Political Parties & Committees
    • Lobbying Groups, Trade Associations
    • Public Relations Firms & Polling Groups
  • 6. Executive Branch
    • POLITICAL
    • 3,500 Presidential Appts.
    • Schedule C – Staff Assistant, Special Assistant, Press Assistant, Projects Coordinator
    • CAREER
    • Civil Service
      • Pros: Salary & Job Security
      • Cons: Bureaucracy
    • www.USAJobs.gov
    • Civil Service/Foreign Service Opportunity School
  • 7.  
  • 8. Applying for a Federal Job
    • Create your federal resume – remember to highlight your qualifications for the specific job and quantify your accomplishments, when possible
    • Answer the questions posed online – agencies assess and select qualified candidates based on these essays
    • Submit the complete application package by the stated deadline
    • Follow up with the appropriate agency contact to inquire about progress in hiring for the position
  • 9. Know Your KSA’s
    • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
    • For many announcements, these questions are separate 3/4 to 1 page answers to questions related to the job you are applying for.
    • KSAs can be difficult questions to answer. Each KSA will be graded from 5 to 20 points per answer - and are critical in being ranked as "qualified" or "best qualified".
  • 10. Your Federal Resume
    • Federal resumes require more detail than standard resumes. Essentials include:
      • Information about the opening
      • Your personal information
      • Education and coursework levels
      • Work Experience
      • Dates and number of hours per week
      • Location of position & supervisor contact info
  • 11. FedsHireVets.gov
  • 12. The Resume
  • 13. 14 Seconds
  • 14. Resume Do’s
    • One Page, PDF
    • Nice Paper, Wrinkle & Stain Free
    • Readable Fonts
    • Balanced
  • 15.
    • Jane Doe
    • 123 W. Main St.
    • Hometown, USA 12345
    • 123-456-7890 – janedoe@gmail.com
  • 16. Resume Do’s
    • Ability to meet goals
    • Demonstrate your potential
    • Highlight specific accomplishments
    • Use numbers wherever possible #%*!
  • 17. Resume Don’ts
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • Disorganization
    • “ Atention to Detail”
    • Get Personal
    • “ Responsible for”
    • Resume Templates
  • 18. Your Resume, Online
  • 19. Google Yourself
  • 20. The Interview
  • 21. Research
  • 22. The Look: For Women
    • Neutral Colors
    • Skirt Below the Knee
    • Collared Blouse
    • Flawless Pantyhose
    • Basic Pumps
    • Simple Jewelry/Scent
    • Light Portfolio Case
  • 23. The Look: For Men
    • Two Piece Suit
      • Navy or Dark
    • Simple Power Tie
    • Polished Dress Shoes
    • Minimal Cologne
    • Light Briefcase
    • Clean Fingernails
  • 24. Getting There
    • Do a test run
    • Show up early, but not too early
    • Be nice to everyone you meet, even on the street
    • Do not cram, but relax
  • 25. First Impression
  • 26. Ask Questions
  • 27. Follow-Up
  • 28. Networking 101
  • 29. Why is Networking Important?
  • 30. Why is Networking Important?
    • It’s Not Just What You Know
    • It’s Who You Know
  • 31. What is Networking?
    • “… The cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business”
  • 32. Networking 101
    • Step 1: Make Contact
    • Step 2: Maintenance
    • Step 3: Harvest
  • 33. Make Contact
    • Conservative Events
      • Heritage Foundation
      • First Friday
      • Conservatism on Tap
      • Young Conservatives Coalition
    • One event per week
  • 34. Look For the Big Fish
  • 35. Listen.
  • 36.
    • “ You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you ”
    • – Dale Carnegie
  • 37. First Contact Wrap-Up
  • 38. Maintenance
    • Contact Database
    • Birthdays
    • Affiliations
    • Special Interests
    • How did you meet?
  • 39. Harvesting
  • 40. Harvesting
  • 41.  
  • 42. Must Reads