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ASTD Federal Job Search


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Provides a short explanation of how-to analyze a federal vacancy announcement.

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ASTD Federal Job Search

  1. 1. Find Your Federal Job Fit
  2. 2. Objectives At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: • Implement a basic model for reading and analyzing a federal job opportunity announcement, • Understand the importance of specialized experience for qualifying for a federal job, and • Leave with a clear idea of how to find their best federal job fit.
  3. 3. Reminder: You don’t need an account on to complete a federal job search 3
  4. 4. USAJOBS: Home Page/ Basic Search 4 Search term: 0343 Location: DC
  5. 5. 5 Refine your search further by using the filters on the left
  6. 6. Using the U.S. Department of State as a filter 6
  7. 7. USAJOBS: Advanced Search 7 Advanced Search Tutorial
  8. 8. 8 Advanced Search Tutorial
  9. 9. Series Search 9
  10. 10. Who May Apply? U.S. Citizens 10
  11. 11. Who May Apply? Federal Employees 11
  12. 12. The Anatomy of a Federal Job Opportunity Announcement 12
  13. 13. Are you eligible to apply? 13
  14. 14. 14 Are you eligible to apply?
  15. 15. Are you qualified to apply? 1. Education requirement? 2. Experience requirement? 3. Combination of the two allowed? 15
  16. 16. 16 Do you meet the conditions of employment? (Add these as appropriate, but your main focus should be on specialized experience)
  17. 17. 17 Your résumé must support the rating you give yourself on the questionnaire – your résumé is a stand-alone document.
  18. 18. 18 These things MUST be documented in your résumé.
  19. 19. 19 Did you follow the application submission instructions explicitly?
  20. 20. 20 REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Listed on the EdHires Site:
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  22. 22. USAJOBS “My Account” 22
  23. 23. My Account Open an account – Create a Profile Build a résumé (up to 5) Upload up to 2 résumés (Word docs) –Create saved searches (up to 10) –Save jobs (up to 25) –Save documents (up to 10) –Track application status 23
  24. 24. Using the Federal Résumé Builder 24
  25. 25. Some Screen-out factors 25 • Received by closing date – and time? • Outside the Area of Consideration • Incomplete/missing documentation, ie. Transcripts • Not enough time in grade • Lack required education, licenses, or certificates • Failure to follow How to Apply instructions
  26. 26. Standard Rating/ Ranking Points 90 - 100 points = Exceptional experience for the position for which the applicant is being considered. Typically assigned to applicants at the "A" quality level 80 - 89 points = Good experience for the position for which the applicant is being considered. Assigned to applicants at the "C" quality level 70 - 79 points = Minimally qualifying experience for the position for which the applicant is being considered. Typically equated with minimum qualification, "E" quality level 26
  27. 27. 27 Classification Standards qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/#url=Standards
  28. 28. Functional Guides 28 general-schedule-positions/#url=Functional-Guides
  29. 29. Ranking Factors 29
  30. 30. oversight/classification- qualifications/classifying-general-schedule- positions/functional-guides/gsadmn.pdf 30
  31. 31. Using the Résumé Builder to Highlight Your Skills 31
  32. 32. Sample Federal Résumé 32
  33. 33. Tips for Addressing Your Skills and Accomplishments • Use the specialized experience information reflected in the Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement • Describe your experience with concrete words rather than vague descriptions. For example, say "managed a team of software engineers" not "responsible for managing, training....” • Use words and phrases that define the level and complexity of your experience and skills: • write up to 10 complex technical documents per year; • prepare 1-2 complex policy statements annually; • prepare 2-3 routine correspondence documents per week; • speak before groups of 100 or more on an annual basis; • manage and provide oversight for multifaceted $?M dollar projects; • work with groups or 6-12 members to build consensus; etc. • Use modifiers to define the frequency at which you perform tasks, i.e., occasionally; regularly; once or twice a year; monthly; weekly; daily, etc. 33
  34. 34. Tips for Addressing Your Skills and Accomplishments, continued • Carefully review the Evaluations section. Determine if it reflects any competencies that will be reviewed. • My suggestion is to copy and paste each competency to a Word document. Write a 5-7 sentence paragraph addressing each competency. You can use first person for these. • Follow the CCAR method; Context, Challenge, Action, Results: 1. Identify the Skill (Challenge); 2. Describe the Circumstances(Context); 3. Cite an Example (Action); 4. Reinforce with Measurable data (Results); 5. State the Results (Results). 34
  35. 35. Tips for Addressing Your Skills and Accomplishments, continued • Review the duties section to determine if you already have some of the skills/ competencies included there. • The skills listed in the duties section are categorized as general experience. If you have the specialized experience required for the position, you have already demonstrated the ability to acquire the knowledge and skills listed in the duties section. • Addressing duties is much less important than addressing specialized experience, but can be included in your federal resume as appropriate. 35
  36. 36. TP3 Method (from Derrick Dortch) • T – Target the right federal position for your skills. • P – Prepare the right package that sells your skills. • P – Persistence. Keep trying. • P – Patience. 36
  37. 37. Fun Stuff: Social Networking for Federal Jobs 37
  38. 38. There really IS an app for that! 38
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  41. 41. 41 RSS Feeds/Email saved searches from your job search
  42. 42. You Tube 42
  43. 43. Feedback Counts! Your feedback helps ASTD continue to provide top-notch educational programs that help you stay on top of a changing profession. Evaluation forms for this session are available via the mobile app and at the following link:
  44. 44. Contact information: • • • • • • @Federal_Job_Fit • @KarolTaylor