The Senior Executive Service (SES) Selection Process

Preparing for Interviews: Get Your Stories Straight

My young friend Kelly has an accounting degree. She’s a recent graduate and she just received a job offer to become the bookkeeper for a local construction company. She’s considering the position, but she doesn’t know if she will accept it. She’s just not sure that the company or the job is a good fit. 

“The interview and the offer weren’t what I expected. I was naturally happy to receive a call after they received my resume. The company has a good reputation, but the interview was really kind of unprofessional. They asked a few questions and they seemed to like me, but then they did all of the talking. I obviously made a good first impression, but they didn’t really dig into my qualifications. They made the offer at the end of the first interview and I’m afraid that it was for the wrong reasons.” 

Kelly’s concerns are reasonable, but it’s the managers at the construction firm who should be worried. The old-fashioned “get to know you” interview, followed by quick decisions, can result in expensive hiring mistakes.… Read more »

Why Millennials Should Consider Federal Jobs

Let’s paint with a very broad brush. As the story goes, the millennial generation just doesn’t fit the federal workforce. Federal jobs are perceived as old-fashioned, stodgy, bureaucratic, restrictive, and a dozen more pejorative adjectives that make them undesirable for millennials. It’s conventional wisdom, and like many of the assertions about the 20 – 35 year old age group, it’s just not true.

The much-maligned generation, born between 1980 and 1985, has gotten a very bad rap from employers. Characterizations of this large segment of the US population go something like this:

Millennials are entrepreneurial – more inclined to start businesses of their own than to enter a conventional career.

They’re wired in – the first generation of digital natives to enter the workforce, millennials are early adopters of technology and more likely to consult the internet and contribute their thoughts online than within an organization.

Ideas are valued more than experience – the millennial generation likes collaborative work and dislikes hierarchy and structured career paths. They thrive in open, casual environments where the quality of output is valued more than the time put in.… Read more »

Our American Heroes

Profile of an American Patriot: Lt. Col. Leslie Bryant

Every challenge has a solution. My military background always leads me to think out of the box and to get things done. Typically, I’ve had a limited amount of time to make things happen. I don’t wait to start. I deeply care about what I’m doing and about making a difference through my actions.

– Leslie Bryant, Lt. Colonel, USAF (retired)

There is no doubt that Lt. Colonel Bryant has made a difference throughout her colorful and adventurous career, and probably even before. Part of the fascination of the work we do at CareerPro Global is hearing the stories of our clients as we prepare their resumes, USAJobs and SES applications. Leslie Bryant’s career is so amazing that we asked if we could share just a few of her stories. (Note: hearing the stories is even better than reading them. If you have a few minutes you should definitely take a look at the video below).

The adventures began at an early age.… Read more »

Presidential Politics and the Federal Workforce: What Happens If?

With less than 100 days between now and the November elections, CareerPro Global thought that it might be worthwhile to take a look at some possible outcomes, without inserting any political bias. There are no clear answers, and it’s impossible to avoid some conjecture, but here’s a compilation of the semi-substantive information we uncovered from the candidates’ platforms, their history, their statements and the “experts’” speculation on the impact of the upcoming election on federal government employment. We’ve also included our own “speculative conclusions” for your entertainment.

The “Martial Art” of Resume Writing

It’s called positioning— And it’s as critical in a resume as it is in martial arts! Here’s what I mean . . . A friend of mine is training in the ancient fighting art of Wing Chun kung fu. Following a recent lesson, he shared what he had learned about positioning—he could actually be slower than his opponent and still beat that opponent. The key is to position yourself properly. As he gained knowledge of the Wing Chun methods and the use of peripheral vision, awareness, and interpretation of his opponents’ movements, he discovered that he can actually know what his opponent is going to do before he does it. And the crazy part is, it actually looks as though he’s moving faster than he really is.

The USAJOBS Overhaul You May Not Have Heard About

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been hard at work in the background making changes and tweaks to the USAJOBS website since February of this year. Their hope is that you haven’t noticed anything, other than the fact that things are getting better. The changes are based on feedback from the hundreds of millions of users just like you that have provided much needed information on what they see as limiting to the site’s effectiveness. Their goal is to make the site—you guessed it—user friendly.

3,500 Cyber Security Jobs in the U.S. Government by January 2017

Cybersecurity is one of the hottest buzzwords on the planet right now. It’s everywhere: TV, military, and, yes, even in government. It’s pervasive in today’s culture. The point is this; as technology continues to advance, so will the need for professionals who can keep our cyber systems secure. That’s why it’s one of the largest federal job categories in the government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hiring! Cyber crime is already huge and it will likely continue to grow. Even the Air Force has a designated mission that includes the protection and security of cyberspace. That’s how critical cybersecurity is in today’s world.

Federal Jobs vs. Private Sector Jobs: 5 things to consider BEFORE you make your decision

The question, I think, is a familiar one—and worth discussing. Advice is offered from members of the group, many of whom have been in the very same battle between the federal and civilian worlds. It’s a tough decision, as there are benefits to both. And that brings us to the premise of this article. We'll look at 5 things that stood out to me as items you may want to consider as you make the decision to go with a federal position or opt for the civilian sector. But first, some context to get us started: the original question from LinkedIn that got the ball rolling.

Why Are Keywords so important in My Resume?

Next to accomplishments, keywords may be one of the most effective ways to optimize your resume. Why? Because the strategic use of keywords in your resume shows that you care about the results. You’ve actually read the job announcement and have comprehended the requirements of the position. The job announcement is the first place you should look when assembling your list of keywords and beginning to write. The duties list is there for a reason—it tells you what you’ll be doing in the position. After all, you’ll want to know what the job requires and match your skills and experience with those duties.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) Selection Process

According to statute (5 U.S.C. 3133), there is no limitation on the total number of SES positions. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required to allocate spaces on a biennial cycle and each agency is allowed to establish positions according to their needs. This can be done without approval from OPM. The agencies are expected to manage their resource needs within the allocation process, as much as possible. This includes reprogramming of allocated spaces, along with flexibility to meet unanticipated needs. The biennial process is also used for Senior Level and Scientific Professional spaces. This is considered part of the strategic management of the total executive resource pool.
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