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So you want to be a fed!   Get Noticed & Get Hired Michele Masias Law Librarian U.S. Department of Justice
Discussion Points <ul><ul><li>Employment Outlook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of Federal Libraries and Jobs </li></ul>...
Employment Outlook Federal Civilian Workforce Statistics: The Fact Book, 2005 ed.:  http://www.opm.gov/feddata/factbook/20...
Federal Libraries <ul><li>Agency Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Libraries </li><...
What is a Job Series? <ul><li>1410 – Librarian Series </li></ul><ul><li>1411 – Library Technician Series </li></ul><ul><li...
How Can I Find Government Job? <ul><li>USA Jobs  –  http://www.usajobs.opm.gov </li></ul>
The Mother Ship! <ul><li>OPM.gov –  http://www.opm.gov </li></ul>
The Devil is in the Details!
FEDERAL RESUME <ul><li>May be on paper or electronic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the announcement carefully </li></ul></u...
There’s More! <ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job title with series and grade if government, duties and acco...
The Dreaded KSAs <ul><li>Knowledge : An organized body of information, usually of a factual or procedural nature, which, i...
Writing Tips <ul><li>Write in the first person (“I”) </li></ul><ul><li>Plain English – down to earth – interesting, though...
Interviewing Tips <ul><li>Research the agency & be prepared to ask questions about what you want to know about the organiz...
Contact Information <ul><li>Questions??? </li></ul><ul><li>Michele Masias </li></ul><ul><li>Law Librarian </li></ul><ul><l...
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  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>

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