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Candidate Development Program Success

CareerPro Global has received several testimonials regarding acceptance into the Candidate Development Program.  This particular client is one step closer to preparing for a Senior Executive Service position within the federal government.

“Lee, I thought I would share with you that I did make the Candidate Development Program. The resume was a key ingredient in my selection.” Thank you. –A.A.

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How to Stand Out in an Interview

By Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, MFRW, MFCA, MFCA/T

www.careerproplus.com and www.militaryresumewriters.com

Employers are looking for standout candidates in the interview process–candidates who bring new ideas to the table and address problems with both creativity and confidence. Candidates who answer interview questions with clichés essentially fail for originality, and are classified as “status quo,” lowering their chance of landing that sought-after job. If an interviewer asks you about your biggest weakness, don’t cop out and say that you don’t have any weaknesses, or that you always turn any perceived weaknesses into strengths. Avoid the “status quo” by preparing carefully thought-out answers to common interview questions so you can become a standout job candidate!

Below are two examples of interview questions and what you can do to offer a better-than-status-quo, standout response.

1. Why do you think you fit within our company culture?

This question is asked to see how well job interviewees have researched the interworking of a company. A good company culture is the second-highest priority for most job seekers—second only to salary.… Read more »

Best Practices for Writing a Strong USAJobs Resume

As you may well know, many federal positions out there (if not most) require you to use the USAJOBS resume builder. Keep the following best practices in mind to help ensure a targeted and effective resume.

Find a job, and read the entire vacancy announcement from top to bottom.
Pay close attention to the duties, qualifications, specialized experience, KSAs, time-in-grade, and/or education requirements. Ask yourself, “Will I be able to demonstrate that I have what they are looking for in my resume?”
Think of the duties and qualifications as “questions” and consider whether you have done them in a previous or current position. If so, use some of the terminology/keywords and mix them in with your own duties and accomplishments.
If there is an assessment questionnaire, click the link to preview the questions. Keep these in mind when creating your resume.
For each position going back approximately 10 years, include your key duties/scope of responsibility. Next, include your top 5-10 specific achievements for each position. Try to use bullets that are relevant to the position you are applying for, and use the Challenge-Context-Action-Result format whenever possible.… Read more »

50 New-Millennium Job Search Questions Answered

The amazing Liz Ryan posts some wonderful articles in the “Your Career” section of LinkedIn articles. She published a great one today called “50 New-Millennium Job Search  Questions Answered” that I wanted to share. Hope you find some of these helpful.

Ask Liz Ryan: 50 New-Millennium Job Search Questions Answered

Liz Ryan on Job Search: 50 Questions & Answers

Thanks to the world’s most amazing fans and readers, Human Workplace has 200,000 members! You send us a lot of questions. We are awash in job-search questions!

Here are fifty job-search questions with Human Workplace answers. If you aren’t already Following my stories on LinkedIn, please click on the Follow icon at the top of the page!

Short-Term Jobs on Resume?

What do I do about two short-term (under one year duration) jobs on my resume? Those two jobs make me look irresponsible to employers, I fear.

Leave out the months and include just the years on your resume, like this: Front End Supervisor, Acme Explosives, 2008.

Which One is MY Hiring Manager?… Read more »

2014 Department-wide Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

DHS announced that DHS is soliciting participants for the 2014 Department-wide Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP).

The announcement is only open for a short window — from February 7-24, 2014. Let CareerPro Global help you create the resume you need to qualify!


Check here for details: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/360312800


Job Title:DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHS-SES-CDP-2014-1038090… Read more »


$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 07, 2014 to Monday, February 24, 2014




Full Time – Multiple Appointment Types


Many vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


This announcement is open to all groups of qualified individuals within the Federal civil service.





Successful participants in SES CDPs typically tend to be those who entered their SES CDP with experiences normally obtained at the GS-15 level.  The salary range identified above may apply to non-status Schedule B appointments.  Status candidates will continue serving in their position of record at their home agency.

Veteran-Friendly Openings Available at FAA 2/10

Colleagues and Veterans,

I hope you are all off to a good start in the New Year.

The Federal Aviation Administration senior leadership – they plan to hire over 600 new Air Traffic Control Specialists … and want as many of them as possible to be Veterans. Given the pre-qualification requirements many of our recently transitioning Veterans will likely qualify.

To be considered for a position as an air traffic controller, you must:

· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Start the FAA Academy no later than your 31st birthday.
· Be willing to relocate to an air traffic facility based on the FAA’s highest needs at the time.
· Have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor’s degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years.

Certainly sounds this opportunity is a perfect fit for most Veterans. The FAA plans on posting this opportunity on or around February 10th – so this is our ‘heads up’. There will also be a virtual career fair on the FAA website on February 12th.… Read more »

Leaving the Military: Your New Career Checklist

by Barbara A. Adams, MFCA-T, MMRW, MFRW, CPRW, CEIP

www.militaryresumewriters.com and www.careerproplus.com


It’s a new year and you’re scheduled to retire or separate from the military.  Congratulations–and thank you for serving our country in these uncertain times as part of the military. Civilians probably don’t say it often enough, but I’m sure it’s factual to say that we’re all grateful for everything you do to defend our nation’s freedom.

As you prepare to transition from your military career to life as a civilian, it can be a scary time. Questions abound about where you will live, what your life will be like, and most importantly, what career path you will need to take.

We at militaryresumewriters.com suggest it’s never too early to start preparing for your post-military life. You will find that by taking a few proactive steps now, your transition will be virtually flawless as the day comes when your DD-214 is finalized. (We generally suggest you begin planning for your post military life no later than 180 days or even one year prior to your separation, but you can of course begin the process earlier if you wish.)

Below are some suggestions to help you begin for your life after the military:

Gather your paperwork into a personal portfolio.Read more »

Happy New Year from CareerPro Global

Federal Career Corner, Veterans Transition HQ, From the SES Desk.

Happy New Year from CareerPro Global!

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year filled with good health, prosperity and happiness.

We are so excited to jump into 2014 and say good-by to 2013. The federal hiring landscape looks to be much more prosperous than in 2013. Budgets will be passed soon and we are already seeing new jobs pop up from several federal agencies that were not hiring in 2013.

Many SES professionals are projected to retire this year and next, leaving many opportunities for SES candidates to jump in and place their imprint on how government is run.

Corporate America is hiring and folks transitioning from the military will have many more opportunities to land jobs in 2014. We are beginning to work with numerous clients returning from Afghanistan seeking to transition from the military.

Our career advisors are finding both federal and government contractor opportunities that are a good fit for transitioning military clients. Call one of our Career Advisors at 800-471-9200 and they will match you with specific federal jobs that fit your background and experience.… Read more »

Happy New Year!

Warm New Years wishes for a glorious coming year that will reward all your future aspirations with overwhelming success.

~The Staff of CareerPro Global, Inc.

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CareerPro Global in Military Times Magazine

A Resume Writer Could Complete the Puzzle Marine Corps Times, November 25, 2013, By Adam Stone

When John Russo went looking for a job in 2011, he had stellar experience—almost too much of it. He had joined the Maryland Army National Guard in 1982 and served simultaneously while working as a police officer in Baltimore. He retired from the police department in 2011, then served as an active-duty Guard member until retiring as a colonel in 2009. He also had some experience working for a government contractor. What he didn’t have was a resume that could make sense of all of that. “How do you massage all that stuff into a logical sequence for a [human resources] person to understand? It is very difficult to package all that into a homogenous resume that wouldn’t confuse an average hiring person,”


Digging Deep

If the service is cheap, ask why. So says Troutman, author of “Military to Federal Career Guide.” She gets $550 to $950 for assembling a resume. “If someone is doing this for $199, how can they possibly be running a business? The cost often represents the service involved.… Read more »

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