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  • 1. Making the Difference <br />Finding and Applying for Federal Service Opportunities<br />University of Kansas<br />October 5, 2011<br />
  • 2. The Partnership for Public Service<br />The Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to revitalizing our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.<br />Find out more at calltoserve.org<br />
  • 3. Careers that make a difference series<br />Selected upcoming programs:<br />Jobs and Internships in DC: insider tips <br />Wed., Oct. 17, 2011, 3-4pm, 149 Burge Union<br />Public Service Career Fair<br />Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 3:30-6:30pm, Dole Institute of Politics<br />Prep session: Wed., Oct. 19, 2011, 4-5pm, Burge Union<br />Federal Careers for Young Professionals<br />Tue., Oct. 25, 2011, 2:30-3:30pm, Dole Institute of Politics<br />For more information:<br />KUCareerHawk.com/government<br />
  • 4. Agenda<br />Why Federal Opportunities?<br />A Job for Every Interest<br />Opportunities and Advantagesof Government Service<br />Where the Jobs Are<br />Find the Right Fit<br />Do Your Homework<br />Web Resources<br />Student Programs<br />How to Apply<br />Search for Positions<br />Build Your Federal Resume<br />Assessments<br />
  • 5. PROFILED: Real Federal Employees<br />Saskia van Gendt<br />U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX<br />Alain D. Carballeyra<br />U.S. Department of the Air Force, 59th Medical Wing<br />Nicole Faison<br />U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development<br />SubhashreeMadhavan<br />National Institutes of Health<br />
  • 6. Why Federal Service?<br />Make a difference<br />Engage in challenging and interesting work<br />Enjoy work/life balance<br />Excellent advancement opportunities<br />Great benefits package<br />
  • 7. Benefits of Federal Service<br />Student loan repayment assistance<br />Up to $10,000 per year<br />In 2009, 36 agencies provided 8,454 employees with $61.8 million in assistance<br />Flexible schedules and generous vacation time<br />Training and professional development<br />Competitive health and retirement benefits<br />
  • 8. Federal Pay and Advancement<br />General Schedule (GS) pay scale<br />Grades 1-15<br />Each grade has 10 steps<br />Varies by geographic location <br />Yearly Cost of Living Increase (COLA)<br />Negotiate within the grade for a higher step <br />Other pay scales<br />Information technology, engineering, etc.<br />Contact the agency for more details<br />
  • 9. General Schedule (GS) Grade Criteria<br />GS-5 and GS-7 are considered “entry level”<br />Source: opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp<br />
  • 10. Selected 2011 Starting Salaries<br />Source: http://opm.gov/oca/11tables/indexGS.asp<br />
  • 11. Selected 2011 Starting Salaries<br />Source: http://opm.gov/oca/11tables/indexGS.asp<br />Possible career progression over a 2-3year period<br />
  • 12. Where the Jobs Are: By Location<br />Only 16% in the Washington, D.C. metro region<br />Plus 50,000 jobs overseas!<br />
  • 13. Where the Jobs Are: By Occupation<br />In 2009, roughly 103,631people were hired into the federal government at the entry-level (GS-5, GS-6, GS-7, GS-8, GS-9) into the following occupations:<br />Source: fedscope.opm.gov<br />
  • 14. Agenda<br />Why Federal Opportunities?<br />A Job for Every Interest<br />Benefits of Government Service<br />Where the Jobs Are<br />Find the Right Fit<br />Do Your Homework<br />Web Resources<br />Student Programs<br />How to Apply<br />Search for Positions<br />Build Your Federal Resume<br />Assessments<br />
  • 15. Do Your Homework<br />Independent Agencies and Government Corporations<br />
  • 16. Web Resources<br /><ul><li>Use these resources to target agencies of interest:
  • 17. Makingthedifference.org
  • 18. Wherethejobsare.org
  • 19. Bestplacestowork.org
  • 20. USAJOBS.gov
  • 21. USA.gov
  • 22. Individual agency websites</li></li></ul><li>Web Resources<br /><ul><li>18 interest-specific career guides
  • 23. Agency profiles
  • 24. Application and federal resume tips
  • 25. Security clearances information
  • 26. Student loan repayment information
  • 27. Profiles of young feds</li></li></ul><li>Web Resources<br />
  • 28. Web Resources<br />
  • 29. Web Resources<br />
  • 30. Web Resources<br />
  • 31. Web Resources<br />
  • 32. Student Programs<br />Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)<br />Description <br />Similar to a traditional internship<br />Great program for a summer or short-term experience<br />Eligibility<br />To be eligible you must be in high school, college, vocational school or graduate school<br />Additional<br />Always paid, usually at a GS-2/3 for an undergraduate student<br />Length of the experience is set by the agency <br />Does not have to be related to the field of study<br />Not required to be posted on USAJOBS.gov<br />
  • 33. Student Programs<br />Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)<br />Description <br />A student works in an area related to what he or she is studying<br />Eligibility<br />Student must be enrolled in an accredited degree granting institution<br />An agency must form an agreement with the student’s institution <br />Additional<br />Always paid<br />If a student works 640 hours (or less depending on academic achievement or prior experience), at the completion of the internship, he or she may be eligible to be hired into an agency non-competitively<br />Not required to be posted on USAJOBS.gov<br />
  • 34. Student Programs<br />Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)<br />Description <br />Government’s most prestigious fellowship program <br />Students complete a 2-year rotation with developmental assignments and formal training<br />Nominated by your campus in the fall semester<br /> Eligibility<br />Student who has just completed an advanced degree<br />Apply during fall of final year<br />Learn more at www.pmf.gov<br />
  • 35. Student Pathways Into Government<br />Executive order on December 27, 2010<br />Announced Student Pathways Programs:<br />Internship Program<br />Recent Graduates Program<br />Presidential Management Fellows Program<br />
  • 36. Student Pathways Into Government<br />CURRENT PROGRAMS<br />ANNOUNCED PROGRAMS<br />ENDED MARCH 1st<br />
  • 37. New Student Pathways Programs<br />Internship Program: <br />Paid opportunities while still in school<br />Agencies may convert eligible participants to full-time employment<br />Recent Graduate Program: <br />Apply within 2 years of receiving degree<br />Veterans can apply within in six years of receiving a degree if they have been actively serving in the military<br />Presidential Management Fellows Program: <br />The recruiting calendar will be adjusted to better align with academic calendars<br />Open to advanced degree students within two years of graduation<br />
  • 38. Agenda<br />Why Federal Opportunities?<br />A Job for Every Interest<br />Benefits of Government Service<br />Where the Jobs Are<br />Find the Right Fit<br />Do Your Homework<br />Web Resources<br />Student Programs<br />How to Apply<br />Search for Positions<br />Build Your Federal Resume<br />Assessments<br />
  • 39. Impact of Hiring Reform on Your Application<br /><ul><li>As per a memorandum issued by President Obama in May 2010, agencies were required to implement the following changes by November 1, 2010:
  • 40. Eliminate KSAs from the initial application process
  • 41. Allow individuals to apply with a résumé and cover letter
  • 42. Improve the quality and speed of hiring
  • 43. Notify applicants about their status during the process
  • 44. Visit opm.gov/hiringreform for additional information</li></li></ul><li>Hiring Reform…Almost 1 Year Out!<br /><ul><li>86% of job announcements are written in plain language, up from 55%
  • 45. 66% of announcements are 2-3 pages long, up from only 24% prior to Hiring Reform
  • 46. 92% of job announcements allow people to apply with only a resume, up from just 39%
  • 47. 97% of announcements are free of essay questions, as compared to 39% before Hiring Reform
  • 48. 26 days shaved off of the average time to hire </li></ul>OURPUBLICSERVICE.ORG<br />
  • 49. Overview of the Application Process<br />To find and apply for a federal job, follow these steps online:<br />Search for specific positions<br />Create your federal resume<br />Complete application questionnaires<br />Submit the complete application by deadline<br />Follow up with the agency contact<br />
  • 50. Where to Search for Positions<br /><ul><li>USAJOBS.gov </li></ul>Agency Websites<br />Your career development center<br />Popular job/internship search engines <br />
  • 51. Search for Positions<br />
  • 52. Search for Positions<br />Sign up for email alerts or the RSS Feed for your search <br />Refine your results by selecting one or more of these categories <br />
  • 53. Reading a Vacancy Announcement<br />
  • 54. Reading a Vacancy Announcement<br /><ul><li>Overview:Summary of the organization’s mission and impact, plus a brief description of the job and its key requirements
  • 55. Duties:Lists major duties and responsibilities of the position, adding more detail to the brief overview
  • 56. Qualifications and Evaluations: Identifies skills and experience needed for the role and explains how applications will be assessed
  • 57. Benefits and Other Info:Describes additional elements of the compensation package or perks associated with the job
  • 58. How to Apply: Provides step-by-step instructions on how to apply and may include information on when/how applicants can expect to hear from the agency</li></li></ul><li>Reading a Vacancy Announcement<br />Follow the “How to Apply” instructions closely – they may differ across agencies<br />
  • 59. Build Your Federal Resume<br />
  • 60. Build Your Federal Resume<br /><ul><li>Federal resumes require more detail than standard resumes
  • 61. 1-5 pages in length
  • 62. On USAJOBS.gov you can store up to 5 resumes and tailor them for different positions
  • 63. Carefully review the job vacancy announcement or position description
  • 64. Focus on the “duties” or “responsibilities” section, and customize your resume accordingly by identifying and including key words and phrases</li></li></ul><li>Build Your Federal Resume<br />Sections:<br />Candidate information<br />Work experience<br />Education<br />References<br />Affiliations<br />Desired locations<br />
  • 65. Federal and Non-Federal Résumés<br />
  • 66. Prepare for Assessments<br />Application Questionnaires<br />Between 25-125 questions<br />May include yes/no questions as well as experience-based questions<br />Tip: Preview questions using a link found in the job vacancy announcement<br />
  • 67. Prepare for Assessments<br />Application Questionnaires<br />Between 25-125 questions<br />May include yes/no questions as well as experience-based questions<br />Tip: Preview questions using a link found in the job vacancy announcement<br />Essays<br />Knowledge, Skills and Abilities essays (KSA’s) <br />Typically a ½ page to a full-page in length<br />Tips: Address key words and phrases mentioned in the position description, use substantive examples, tie your personal experiences to each KSA, focus on outcomes to which you directly contributed, and avoid acronyms<br />
  • 68. Prepare for Assessments<br />Application Questionnaires<br />Between 25-125 questions<br />May include yes/no questions as well as experience-based questions<br />Tip: Preview questions using a link found in the job vacancy announcement<br />Essays<br />Knowledge, Skills and Abilities essays (KSA’s) <br />Typically a ½ page to a full-page in length<br />Tips: Address key words and phrases mentioned in the position description, use substantive examples, tie your personal experiences to each KSA, focus on outcomes to which you directly contributed, and avoid acronyms<br />Cover Letters<br />Additional opportunity to show how you fit<br />Contact the agency’s HR office<br />
  • 69. Stay on Top of Your Application<br /><ul><li>USAJOBS.gov
  • 70. Track your status using the Application Manager
  • 71. Agency Web sites
  • 72. Contact the agency within two weeks after submitting your application to confirm its status</li></li></ul><li>Security Clearances<br />Some full-time positions will require applicants to go through the security clearance process, all require a general background check<br />Begin gathering relevant information now<br />Check out the SF-85 and SF-86 form<br />Tip: Be honest!<br />
  • 73. Wrap-up<br /><ul><li>Findthe right fit for you
  • 74. Be patient
  • 75. Make a difference</li></li></ul><li>Questions?<br />
  • 76. makingthedifference.org<br />

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