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Air Force to Down Size by 3,500 Military and Civilian Employees

The Air Force will soon begin offering incentives to reduce its workforce by nearly 3,500 employees; the service announced Monday. The Air Force has 689,000 personnel, about 500,000 of which are military. Employees in the Washington, D.C., area would be the first to receive layoffs, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. A buy-out of $25,000 will be offered to select individuals.

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Five Tips for Navigating an SES Vacancy

Let’s face it—pulling up a Senior Executive Service vacancy on your monitor can be a bit overwhelming. A resume, five Executive Core Qualifications, and how many Technical Qualifications? Gulp.

One of the best things you can do to reduce this overwhelming feeling is to break the application materials down into bite-sized chunks, and then reverse-engineer your time so that you have a plan for getting it all done well before the job closes.
These five tips will also help: … Read more »

Read the entire vacancy from top to bottom. It’s important to take a few minutes and do this, with a keen attention to detail. Write down any questions you might have.
Take a close look at the duties and qualifications section. Think of the information in these areas as questions, and ask yourself, “Will I be able to show in my resume that I possess some, most, or even all of these skills, experiences, and education?” If the answer to all those “questions” is no, that could be a red flag.
Take a look at any Technical Qualifications.

Get Started on LinkedIn with 5 Easy Steps

One of the biggest setbacks for people who are interested in using LinkedIn is that they often have a hard time learning LinkedIn’s “ins and outs.” Then, it seems that as soon as you learn the basics and get accustomed to its usage, LinkedIn rolls out more updates and changes. However, you don’t have to learn everything at once to be able to use LinkedIn.

Below are a few quick tips on how to organize your LinkedIn usage so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

1. Start with the Basics

Sign in and start using the basics for up to 30 minutes per day. At first, things may seem overwhelming, but if you start slowly in simply setting up your profile, the process will be much more manageable. LinkedIn has a user guide to assist you in getting your basic profile up and running. Upload a professional picture of yourself to help your profile elicit more interest. A few “connections” of people whom you already know may pop up; if you wish for them to be part of your professional network, ask them to connect.… Read more »

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:

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