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  • Current workforce: 2.7 million employees 300,00 new hires per year WP article – agencies need to streamline the hiring process and adapt to the culture of future generations entering the workforce. 61 / 79 average / average DC The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government: Geared toward a broad audience of job seekers, researchers, federal employees and government leaders, Best Places to Work draws on responses from civil servants to produce detailed rankings of employee engagement across 283 federal agencies
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  • All expert searchers: Search by location, job category, job series, salary range My USAJOBS is a link that gets you started – you create an account, upload your resume, set up job alerts Employers -- Information Center: information about resumes, ksas, how jobs get filled, glossary of terms, Tip of the Week, site map, tutorials. Veteran: give you information not only about Veteran’s resources, but provide information about Veterans preference and a tool to help you determine your veteran status Forms – bureaucracy
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  • Study the job announcement for the details; and, follow directions – Federal job process requires a lot of detail, so take note and prepare your application by paying attention to and addressing the details. Are you currently a Federal employee Type of appointment – term, temporary, permanent Salary Promotion potential When does the announcement close Citizenship
  • Use important keywords, for example "analyst," one might assume you have experience in collecting data, evaluating effectiveness, and researching and developing new processes. Just one keyword can have tremendous power and deliver a huge message. Can a hiring manager see my main credentials within 10 to 15 seconds? Does critical information jump off the page? Do I effectively sell myself on the top quarter of the first page? Use numbers – cataloged 250, wrote 25 Use money values – raised $25,000 Use time – twice monthly, deadline
  • What are they about: Developed through detailed analysis of the duties and requirements of the position. Measure those qualities that will set one candidate apart from other. Rating or crediting plans are developed to go with the identified KSAs. Using the numerical rating, the highly or best qualified applicants are referred to the selecting official for further consideration. K nowledge : Professional knowledge of the theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of library and information science. Knowledge of the role serials and book vendors play in the acquisitions process. S kills : Skill in applying cataloging rules and guidance. Skill as an active listener. A bility : Ability to use print and electronic cataloging tools effectively. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
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  • 2008 flicc career and job fair finding a federal job from michele masias

    1. 1. So you want to be a fed! Get Noticed & Get Hired Michele Masias Law Librarian U.S. Department of Justice
    2. 2. Discussion Points <ul><ul><li>Employment Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of Federal Libraries and Jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding a Government Job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying for a Government Job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, & Ability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviewing Tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. 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/ <ul><li>2.7 million employees </li></ul><ul><li>300,000 new hires per year </li></ul><ul><li>1/3 eligible to retire by 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>$61K / $79K </li></ul>
    4. 4. Federal Libraries <ul><li>Agency Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Law Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>School Libraries (DODDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Museums & Historical Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Family Libraries (Air Base, Army Post, others) </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific & Technical Libraries & Info Centers </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is a Job Series? <ul><li>1410 – Librarian Series </li></ul><ul><li>1411 – Library Technician Series </li></ul><ul><li>1412 – Technical Information Services Series </li></ul><ul><li>1420 – Archivist Series </li></ul><ul><li>1421 – Archives Technician Series </li></ul><ul><li>1499 – Library and Archives Student Trainee Series </li></ul><ul><li>More information: http://www.opm.gov/fedclass/text/gs-1400.htm </li></ul>
    6. 6. How Can I Find Government Job? <ul><li>USA Jobs – http://www.usajobs.opm.gov </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Mother Ship! <ul><li>OPM.gov – http://www.opm.gov </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Devil is in the Details!
    9. 9. FEDERAL RESUME <ul><li>May be on paper or electronic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the announcement carefully </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How a Federal resume differs from a private sector resume: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always in reverse chronological order (most recent jobs first) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two - six pages long (3-5 for electronic) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains compliance information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Announcement number </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Title and grade of job </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Number </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Country of citizenship (most require US citizenship) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Veterans’ preference, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Highest Federal civilian grade held </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. There’s More! <ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High school through college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name, address, date of diploma </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course title and year taken </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job-related Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List language skills, computer skills, typing speed, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job-related Honors, Awards, Professional Memberships, Leadership activities </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Dreaded KSAs <ul><li>Knowledge : An organized body of information, usually of a factual or procedural nature, which, if applied, makes adequate performance on the job possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills : The proficient manual, verbal, or mental manipulation of data, people, or things. Observable, quantifiable, measurable. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Context: Describe the situation. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: Describe what needed to be done. </li></ul><ul><li>Action: Describe specifically what you did – your role </li></ul><ul><li>Results: Describe the outcome in concrete, verifiable terms </li></ul>
    12. 12. Writing Tips <ul><li>Write in the first person (“I”) </li></ul><ul><li>Plain English – down to earth – interesting, thought provoking </li></ul><ul><li>Brag tactfully – Can quote from written awards or use statistics. </li></ul><ul><li>Buzzwords/Keywords (Especially important for electronic scanning of resumes and KSAs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use many of the keywords from the announcement without overdoing it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winning Words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Action Verbs – ex. Train, analyze, recommend </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific Nouns – ex. Reports, budget, policies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptors – Accurate, National, Monthly, Diverse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Results – Increased, Quicker, Reduced, Improved </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Interviewing Tips <ul><li>Research the agency & be prepared to ask questions about what you want to know about the organization </li></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself: is this the right job for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Learn the questions that are commonly asked & practice </li></ul><ul><li>Show up on time & look your best </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for anything! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Contact Information <ul><li>Questions??? </li></ul><ul><li>Michele Masias </li></ul><ul><li>Law Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, D.C. 20530 </li></ul><ul><li>202.616.7734 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>