Preparing to Write Your USAJobs Resume

When you apply for federal jobs, the first thing hiring managers will see is your USAJOBS resume. Since this document will make that all-important first impression, you want it to be as strong as possible. In order to prepare, there is some information you should gather, and some basic steps to take. 1. Spend some time browsing the website and identify 5-10 jobs that interest you. 2. Shorten the list to 2-3 similar jobs by looking more closely at the duties and qualifications sections, and matching them to your own knowledge, professional experience, and training. 3. Gather your career documents covering the past 10-15 years, including performance evaluations, position descriptions, and education information.

Are You Ready to Apply for the 2016 SSA ALJ Vacancy?

A new Administrative Law judge vacancy announcement for Social Security Administration (SSA) Administrative Law Judges is rumored to open prior to April 16th, 2016. However, once the vacancy SSA ALJ announcement posts, there is a good chance it will only be open for up to two dayS. Therefore, we recommend you prepare your ALJ Resume for application NOW!

Yes, Even Astronauts Need Career Advice

Yes, Even Astronauts Need Career Advice

People are applying for some fascinating gigs using CareerPro Global to help them land their dream job. And from my perspective, there’s no bigger dream job than that of an astronaut. Every red-blooded American boy (and girl) had thoughts of becoming an astronaut when they grew up.

The fascination with space, the planets (especially Mars), spaceships, walking on the moon; who wouldn’t be excited about doing that? From Star Wars to Star Trek, we’re all fascinated with outer space. And right now NASA is looking for a few individuals who can’t seem to let go of that childhood dream. Do you have the “right stuff” to be a part of the next crop of American astronauts? If so, NASA has quite the list of projects in the works.

The Latest on NASA

According to their summary on USA JOBS, NASA is quietly doing some pretty cool stuff these days. More spacecraft are in development today than at any other time in history. The goal to go further and further into space is becoming very real.… Read more »


To apply for federal job vacancies you will need a USAJOBS account. Create your USAJOBS account and then

complete your profile and build your resume. You may create and store up to five resumes in USAJOBS. If you

already have an account with USAJOBS, sign in to your existing USAJOBS account and review its accuracy before

applying for a specific job vacancy. Most applications will also allow you to upload your application, but you must

read the vacancy announcement instructions to see if this is an option.

The input format is going to be in a plain layout without caps, italics, or any design characteristics like you might see with a regular resume. Pay strict attention to character counts in each section. Microsoft Word may not be completely accurate in the character count. INCLUDE SPACES in the count. Each job history segment allows for 5,000 characters and spaces; this is not a lot of room to work with, and this requires a very tightly written style. Each section on relevant coursework, training, and certifications allows just 2,000 total characters.… Read more »

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 »

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