The Role of Federal Career Advisors

A Federal Career Advisors is someone that has taken the time to study the entire spectrum of the federal hiring process, and all the nuances involved with navigating

Cybersecurity: A Growing Field with Veteran Opportunities

Veterans have spent the first part of their careers helping keep their country safe, so as they make the transition to the private sector, security jobs are a natural choice. Government cybersecurity jobs, specifically, can be a great option. Between 2009 and 2015, job postings in the cybersecurity market have increased by 74%. Jobs in this field include occupations such as:

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Security Software Developer Information Assurance Analyst Network Security Engineer Disaster Recovery Analyst Forensics Expert Cryptographer

Jobs are available both in the private sector and the public sector. Cybersecurity professionals can work in the Treasury Department, for security companies, for federal authorities, and across many other organizations.

Opportunities with Government Cybersecurity Careers

If you have a college diploma and experience in the security or cybersecurity field, then you have an advantage. About 84% of jobs in this sector require a college degree. Many of the employment opportunities are in the Washington, DC, area, since that’s where many cybersecurity jobs for government organizations are located.

How Much Money Can You Make in Cybersecurity?… Read more »

Private Industry vs. Federal Resumes: What’s the Difference?

If you’re sending out the same resume with federal government job applications and private-sector job applications, you may be missing out on your dream job. If you’ve been applying for government jobs and not getting the results you want, it’s time to determine if your resume is costing you your chances.

Why You Can’t Use the Same Resume for Both

There are several key differences between private-sector and federal resumes:

1. Length Resumes for a job in the private sector are meant to be short. Recruiters may be company owners or someone working at a small Human Resources (HR) department, and they don’t have time for a long resume. With government jobs, the opposite is true. Most good federal government resumes average about four to five pages.

Federal government job resumes should give plenty of detail about your qualifications, skills, and education. Federal government jobs are also extremely competitive—some positions attract 100-500 applicants—which means that the federal government spends the time and effort needed to look for qualified applicants. These resumes are reviewed by HR specialists, so don’t summarize or shorten a trait that deserves an in-depth explanation.… Read more »

Preparing to Apply for a Federal Position

The process of applying for, interviewing for, and then hopefully landing a federal position can be daunting.

Are Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Really Gone?

A few years ago, OPM leadership then decided to “do away” with KSAs as part of hiring reform and streamlining the federal application process. The idea was that some qualified applicants would not even apply because they did not want to bother with writing KSAs.

It’s Lonely at the Top

C-Suite aspirations are not for the faint-hearted. The journey to the top is intensely competitive, the prerequisites for success are difficult to define, and job security can be tenuous. Why would anyone want to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company? The difficulty and precarious nature of the job leads Auren Hoffman, CEO of LiveRamp, to this answer in the Quora forum, “Being a Fortune 500 CEO is, on the whole, not worth doing.”

You’ll take the challenge, though. Perhaps it’s like climbing K2. The air is rarified at 28,000 feet and there’s adventure involved on the way to the summit. Success means real achievement. Tenacity is required, clear thinking, and an innovative spirit. Regardless of the risk, the journey is worth taking for those who are compelled to lead.

What does it really take to become CEO?

Robert McMullen started as a stock boy in a Lexington, KY Kroger to help pay for his college education. He learned finance, and worked in a regional office in Charlotte, NC for a few years before moving to the company’s Cincinnati headquarters as a financial analyst.… Read more »

Pre-employment Testing: What You Need to Know


The “assessments” industry is growing by 10 – 15% per year. The word is a euphemism for testing and increasing numbers of US employers are including pre-employment assessments in their decision-making processes. 30% of US companies now use some form or pre-employment testing, and the number may exceed 70% among Fortune 500 companies. If you’re making a career move, taking a test is likely to be part of your experience. Here’s some information that Careerproplus thinks job seekers should know . . .

The tests typically fall into two categories. The first area is skills assessments. These are tests that measure cognitive capabilities. They determine if candidates possess the basic aptitudes required to accomplish the job – mechanical ability, mathematical skill, or specific operational requirements like typing or the ability to construct a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

The second area of testing is potentially more problematic. Psychometric assessments, commonly called personality tests by nervous applicants, are indicators of behavioral tendencies in an employment context. Many of these tests use a personality model (called the five factor model) that analyzes major personality traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.… Read more »

2015 Jobs: What’s Hot and What’s Not

It was the best of times, It was the worst of times

–Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Or Somewhere In Between

While the Dickens quote is a favorite, reality usually lies somewhere in between “the spring of hope and the winter of despair.” 2015 is halfway done, and the outlook for job seekers is somewhat better than in recent years. It’s certainly not the worst of times to be considering a career move or a military transition, and there are some indicators that the latter half of the year may show continued improvement.  Let’s take a quick look at the year so far and some of the trends that may be developing.

The Big Picture

Employment is up, unemployment is down. It makes sense. Employment has increased steadily since the beginning of 2010 and the US added 2 million jobs in the first four months of 2015, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures.  Unemployment numbers have decreased over the same period, and the unemployment rate at the end of April was 5.1%, a figure that is considered reasonably healthy by economists.… Read more »

How Do You Define Professionalism?

What exactly does the word “professional” mean? Regardless of the career, everyone aspires to be a professional. We are to look professional, act professional, have a professional resume, demonstrate a professional image. If you’ve had a military career, professionalism has been drilled into your psyche. Fans of the Bond series know that it is Sean Connery who portrays the professional image of an international spy. Professionals are polished and smooth, right?

If you’re considering a career transition, it is certainly worthwhile to consider whether your convey a professional image, but somehow that’s a difficult characteristic to define. Has the word been tossed about to such an extent that it has lost it’s meaning? No, because while it may be difficult to nail down what professional is, we all recognize unprofessional behavior.

Looking the Part

Let’s dig into that a bit with a story:

My friend Sharon is a fixer. She is kind of like MacGyver for business. With keen wits and the uncanny ability to craft solutions with duct tape, a Swiss Army knife and coat hangers, Sharon is who businesses call when they have difficulties that they can’t unscramble.… Read more »

Are You Ready to Go Solo?

The Changing Workplace


Let’s face it. Things just ain’t the same at work. This week’s article takes a look at some technological, economic, and social factors that are changing the way we work and opening new possibilities for those who would rather opt out of the conventional workforce.

The traditional world of work is becoming less conventional. Workforce changes started with rapid advances in technology during the 1990s. The internet age and improvements in automation increased efficiency and changed the requirements for human labor. Secretaries, travel agents, even machinists lost jobs to new technology. During the Great Recession, the process accelerated. Economic pressures focused businesses on  the need for cost controls, The result was downsizing on a level not seen since the 1920s and a complete rethink of workforce strategies.

Businesses streamlined and phased out positions, then trimmed more employees to cut costs. At the end of it, they were left with problems that needed solving, but no resources to solve them. With hiring restrictions on and strained budgets, they couldn’t develop the talent they needed for key projects in-house.… Read more »

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