ROA Employment Seminar 02/09/2010

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ROA Employment Seminar 02/09/2010

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

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