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How To Apply For A Federal Job Workshop Fall 2011


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An overview of the tricky federal jobs application process.

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How To Apply For A Federal Job Workshop Fall 2011

  1. 1. Barbara Richardson<br />Career Center Liaison, Warner College of Natural Resources<br />Colorado State University<br />How to Apply for Federal Jobs<br />
  2. 2. To schedule an appointment, call the Colorado State University Career Center at 491-5707 <br />or come by Drop-Ins (next to Sweet Sinsations in the LSC), M-F, 8:30 – 4:30…no appointment necessary!<br />Career Center Resources <br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>Overview of Government Jobs & Lingo
  4. 4. Student Programs
  5. 5. Applying on
  6. 6. Federal Resumes & KSAs
  7. 7. Changes
  8. 8. Questions </li></ul>Agenda<br />
  9. 9. 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 />Types of Government Jobs<br />
  10. 10. Only 16% in the Washington, D.C. metro region<br />Plus 50,000 jobs overseas!<br />Location of Government Jobs<br />
  11. 11. 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 />Benefits of Government Jobs<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>Excepted Service
  13. 13. Competitive Service
  14. 14. Noncompetitive Service
  15. 15. Job/Occupational Series
  16. 16. Veterans Preference
  17. 17. GS/Pay Bands
  18. 18. Student Employment
  19. 19. KSA – Knowledge, Skills & Abilities</li></ul>Government Lingo<br />
  20. 20. GS-5 and GS-7 are considered “entry level”<br />Source:<br />GS/Pay Band<br />
  21. 21. Source:<br />Possible career progression over a 2-3year period<br />Salaries<br />
  22. 22. CURRENT PROGRAMS<br />ANNOUNCED PROGRAMS<br />ENDED MARCH 1st<br />Student Programs…<br />
  23. 23. 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 />…in Transition<br />
  24. 24. 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 />Steps to Apply<br />
  25. 25. Where to Find Federal Jobs<br />
  26. 26. CLOSED<br />October 7 – 12, 2011<br /><br />
  27. 27. <ul><li>Create a profile and resume before you begin to apply for jobs
  28. 28. Don’t hesitate to contact the agency – use the contact information listed on the announcement
  29. 29. Print the job announcement, once the deadline passes, it won’t be accessible
  30. 30. Save your favorite searches and set it to email you </li></ul> Hints<br />
  31. 31. Hints<br />
  32. 32. <ul><li>Federal resumes require more detail than standard resumes
  33. 33. Hrs worked/week, supervisor’s name & phone number, salary
  34. 34. 1-5 pages in length
  35. 35. Carefully review the job vacancy announcement or position description
  36. 36. Focus on the “duties” or “responsibilities” section, and customize your resume accordingly by identifying and including key words and phrases</li></ul>Federal Resumes<br />
  37. 37. Target your resume for every job you apply for! <br />Duty 1: Research design: developing an evaluation's scope, research questions, and data collection methods <br /><ul><li>Contributed to a collaborative article evaluating communication journals’ external validity
  38. 38. Developed the methodology, research questions, and research design for the research article and coded journal articles
  39. 39. Wrote methodology section of paper outlining data collection methods
  40. 40. Followed rigorous fact-checking and information citing procedures
  41. 41. Received an A on the assignment. </li></ul>Federal Resume Tips<br />
  42. 42. 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 />Participates in basic health care teaching to patients and their families. <br />A.I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task. <br />B.I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job. <br />C.I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures. <br />D.I have performed this task as a regular part of my job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee. <br />E.I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in this task because of my expertise. <br />Assessments<br />
  43. 43. 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 />Security Clearances<br />
  44. 44. <ul><li>Changes implemented by November 1, 2010:
  45. 45. Eliminate KSAs from the initial application process
  46. 46. Allow individuals to apply with a résumé and cover letter
  47. 47. Improve the quality and speed of hiring
  48. 48. Notify applicants about their status during the process
  49. 49. Visit for additional information</li></ul>Hiring Reform<br />
  50. 50. <ul><li>18 interest-specific career guides
  51. 51. Agency profiles
  52. 52. Application and federal resume tips
  53. 53. Security clearances information
  54. 54. Student loan repayment information
  55. 55. Profiles of young feds</li></ul>Additional Resources<br />
  56. 56. Additional Resources<br />
  57. 57. Additional Resources<br />
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  59. 59. Barbara Richardson, Career Center Liaison<br />Warner College of Natural Resources<br />107 C Natural Resources<br /><br />(970) 491-2668<br />