The Senior Executive Service (SES) Selection Process

Budget Woes – Why the Trump Administration’s first budget could have you sharpening your federal resume

The video went instantly viral. Published by What’s Trending on March 17, the short sketch entitled “Elmo Gets Fired,” was viewed 13.5 million times on Facebook within a week of the first posting. If you weren’t one of the first viewers, take a look. The video will make you laugh . . . and it might make you cry.

The tragic story of the famous Muppet’s discharge is both a political protest and a rally to support PBS and the Corporation for Public broadcasting, the latter group designated for elimination by the new administration’s first proposed budget.  

In reality, Sesame Street isn’t funded by PBS any more. Sesame Workshop, the producers of the show, made a deal with HBO in 2015. PBS isn’t likely to vanish either. Federal funds, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting money, make up only 10% of PBS revenues and less than 1% of National Public Radio funding.1 

Nonetheless, the conversation between Elmo and the PBS manager who is trying to gently push him out the door is certainly relevant.… Read more »

It’s Time for a LinkedIn Profile Tune Up!

Whoa! What Happened to my LinkedIn Profile?

If you’ve logged into LinkedIn in the past few weeks, you may have received a bit of a shock. If you haven’t checked in lately, you probably should. Since December, the social network has been slowly rolling out a new look. Some of the changes will affect the way that you’re found and how you’re seen on the network.

In balance, the redesign is good. The platform needed some dressing up and the appearance is definitely better. The remodeled site if familiar, but looks more current, incorporating the latest flat design trends and an icon-based navigation bar that is attractive, if not completely intuitive.

Of more importance, there have also been some functional changes, a couple of which may somewhat diminish the value of the social media network for power users. For most job seekers, the changes afford a few more options that can help you to be more easily discovered by the recruiters and decision makers who used LinkedIn to find qualified candidates.… Read more »

Four Key Ingredients for Resume Success (and how to screw up the recipe)

Grandmom always brought the apple pie to family events. She “taught” all of the grandkids to make it and even gave us the recipe, but none of us have ever been able to duplicate the taste the texture of the flaky crust. It’s not that the recipe is that difficult to follow, but Gran had a sixth sense about baking and she perfected her signature dessert over many years.

No, resumes aren’t really like apple pie, but there is a similarity to the process that Gran used when she baked. Creating a winning resume (or a great apple pie) requires a combination of art and science. For resumes, there is a formula that’s determined largely by employers and the methods they use to select qualified candidates. There’s also an art to combining the ingredients in a way that clearly and quickly conveys the candidate’s capabilities and why he or she should be at the top of the stack for interview selection.

At Careerpro Global, we’ve helped a few people with their resumes over the years.… Read more »

5,000 Job Openings for Customs and Boarder Protection

President Trump signed an Executive Order on Jan 25, 2017 to begin building The Wall and hire 5,000 (up to 15,000) Customs and Border Protection Officer positions. These positions will be exempt from the Federal Job Hiring Freeze that Pres Trump signed yesterday.

TWO POSITIONS POSTED NOW:

GS-9 position – Closes Tuesday 2/7/2017

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460911100/

GS-5/7 position –  Closes Tuesday 2/7/2017

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/460629500/

Who May Apply:  United States Citizens

Travel may be required based on operational needs

 

The Executive Order language:

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America’s Borders

” Sec. 8. Additional Border Patrol Agents. Subject to available appropriations, the Secretary, through the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shall take all appropriate action to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, and all appropriate action to ensure that such agents enter on duty and are assigned to duty stations as soon as is practicable.

What are the duties?

Being a Customs and Border Protection Officer makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

-Enforcing customs, immigration, and agriculture law and regulations;

-Facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel;

-Conducting inspections of individuals and conveyances;

-Determining the admissibility of individuals for entry into the United States; and

-Preventing the illegal entry of individuals and prohibited goods and the smuggling of illegal drugs and other contraband.… Read more »

The 2016 Plum Book is Out

What’s A Plum Book?

The 2016 Plum Book comes off the bindery line at the Government Publications Office

The official title is “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,” but the 236 page directory is essentially the biggest help wanted advertisement of 2016. Called the Plum Book because of the distinctive color of the printed document, the publication is issued after each Presidential election. It’s a compendium of all of the executive and legislative branch positions across the U.S. that may be subject to non-competitive appointment.

The 2016 edition lists over 9,000 civil service and appointed positions, including ambassadors, department heads, and literally thousands of federal government jobs that could come open as a result of the administrative transition in 2017. “Could” is the operative word, because over half of these slots are currently occupied by career government employees. The new administration may change the status of these civil service and Senior Executive Service (SES) positions, but it’s not mandatory that they do so.

The good news for job seekers who would like to work in the Trump administration is that lots of jobs will come open.… Read more »

What Is a USAJOBS Resume?

A USAJOBS resume is created specifically for submission to the USAJOBS application website, where federal government positions are available and open to the public to apply. Examples of thousands of high-demand jobs found at USAJOBS include finance, cyber-security, health care, budget analyst, aircraft mechanic, quality control inspector, computer scientist, mathematic statistician, mechanical or civil engineering, contracting and information technology management.

However, a USAJOBS resume is not like a standard resume. In fact, this type of resume is perhaps the most complicated and detailed type of resume to build. One small formatting error or content mistake can automatically disqualify a resume even before it is seen by a hiring manager. The response to a single question can sometimes be grounds for immediate disqualification of your resume.

The federal government must ensure each applicant they accept is the best of the best. In addition, competition for jobs posted at USAJOBS is incredibly steep, since the pay rate, benefits package and long-term stability of federal jobs is high. Unless you’re USAJOBS resume is comprehensive, detailed and formatted properly, and highly competitive it will likely get set aside as not qualified in favor of professionally developed resumes that clearly communicate experience and match the series and grate expertise in the job vacancy announcement.… Read more »

Surprise! These USAJOBS Openings Aren’t Boring

The outsider’s perception of government work is drab. Those of us who don’t work in government have a stereotypical view of “civil service jobs” – the very phrase is boring. We picture large rooms full of cubicles, dim and noisy fluorescent lighting, and bureaucrats dressed in white shirts or conservative business attire. Computer screens glow dimly in each workspace. Numbers are crunched. Everyone wears glasses. An exciting week involves checking out an aging Ford Taurus from the motor pool and going TDY. 

If you like that sort of thing, it’s possible that you can find a federal job and a work environment that matches the image. Stereotypes are made to be broken, though, and actual federal job opportunities provide a broad selection of locations, work environments, and experiences that are far from boring. Some of them are fascinating and even exciting!

Federal Job Postings that seem very cool 

This week, we’re going for a ramble through the USAJOBS website to seek out government career opportunities that defy the drab and boring preconception.… Read more »

Staying On Recruiter Radar with LinkedIn

Even if you live in the wilds of Wyoming and connect to the internet with a radar dish, you’re certainly familiar with LinkedIn. The website is the 14th most popular internet destination, with 143 billion page views each year. LinkedIn is the social network for professionals. It has been in existence since 2003 and now boasts 433 million accounts in over 200 countries.  

If you’re a job seeker, you’ve heard repeatedly that a well-constructed LinkedIn profile is a necessity if you intend to stay on the radar of recruiters and companies with positions to fill. There’s plenty of advice available for setting up your professional LinkedIn page – a quick Google search only produces 4,880,000 results (in .88 seconds). We’ll include a few tips at the end of this post, but skip on the opportunity to write another LinkedIn “how-to.” 

What’s more interesting and potentially more useful to job seekers is a look at how recruiters are using LinkedIn. LinkedIn provides recruiters with an array of resources for hiring and your LinkedIn profile puts you in their radar range.… Read more »

Our “Secret” Approach to Your Resume

It’s really no secret that CareerPro Global (CPG) has been in the resume business for nearly three decades and is a leader in the career services industry. Our tagline is this: “Your career is our business”—and we live it every day. We specialize in federal, military-transition, and Senior Executive Service (SES) applications.

In fact, we’re #1 in the SES business. We do more SES packages than anyone else and the results are impressive (and that’s not just me talking) – check this out!

Having said that, I’d like to focus on the federal resume—the USAJOBS resume. We’ve perfected this format with a “secret weapon.” The resume structure follows the process you will use with the resume builder on the USAJOBS website.

Section by section – word by word – character by character…

The fact that we’ve just built you a resume doesn’t mean that it can simply be uploaded and you’re done. That’s right—some of our clients are surprised to hear that they will need to go in and use the resume builder rather than upload the completed document.… Read more »

Cyber Wars, Cyber Jobs

The spying profession was less technical and more romantic in the 1960s. At least that’s the image we get from the novels and movies of the Cold War. Sean Connery was James Bond, and even if the enemies belonged to nefarious organizations with capitalized acronyms, we all knew that they were Soviet spies. The danger was tangible and immediate – think about SPECTRE agent Rosa Klebb’s spike-toed shoes in From Russia With Love. The Cold War was at it’s height and the threats to the world were nuclear. Despite the sophisticated weaponry in his  Aston Martin, Bond really never went techno.

That was 20th century fiction. The high tech reality of espionage in the 21st century is much less glamorous. Candidate Trump’s debate description of a 400 pound, bedroom-based hacker certainly doesn’t evoke Bond images and the nature of the security threat has (mostly) changed from atomic to cyber. There’s another difficulty with the comparison of Cold War And Cyber War espionage. Cyberthreats certainly exist, but the villains and their motivations can be difficult to identify.… Read more »

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