It’s called positioning— And it’s as critical in a resume as it is in martial arts! Here’s what I mean . . . A friend of mine is training in the ancient fighting art of Wing Chun kung fu. Following a recent lesson, he shared what he had learned about positioning—he could actually be slower than his opponent and still beat that opponent. The key is to position yourself properly. As he gained knowledge of the Wing Chun methods and the use of peripheral vision, awareness, and interpretation of his opponents’ movements, he discovered that he can actually know what his opponent is going to do before he does it. And the crazy part is, it actually looks as though he’s moving faster than he really is.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been hard at work in the background making changes and tweaks to the USAJOBS website since February of this year. Their hope is that you haven’t noticed anything, other than the fact that things are getting better. The changes are based on feedback from the hundreds of millions of users just like you that have provided much needed information on what they see as limiting to the site’s effectiveness. Their goal is to make the site—you guessed it—user friendly.
Cybersecurity is one of the hottest buzzwords on the planet right now. It’s everywhere: TV, military, and, yes, even in government. It’s pervasive in today’s culture. The point is this; as technology continues to advance, so will the need for professionals who can keep our cyber systems secure. That’s why it’s one of the largest federal job categories in the government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hiring! Cyber crime is already huge and it will likely continue to grow. Even the Air Force has a designated mission that includes the protection and security of cyberspace. That’s how critical cybersecurity is in today’s world.
The question, I think, is a familiar one—and worth discussing. Advice is offered from members of the group, many of whom have been in the very same battle between the federal and civilian worlds. It’s a tough decision, as there are benefits to both. And that brings us to the premise of this article. We'll look at 5 things that stood out to me as items you may want to consider as you make the decision to go with a federal position or opt for the civilian sector. But first, some context to get us started: the original question from LinkedIn that got the ball rolling.
Next to accomplishments, keywords may be one of the most effective ways to optimize your resume. Why? Because the strategic use of keywords in your resume shows that you care about the results. You’ve actually read the job announcement and have comprehended the requirements of the position. The job announcement is the first place you should look when assembling your list of keywords and beginning to write. The duties list is there for a reason—it tells you what you’ll be doing in the position. After all, you’ll want to know what the job requires and match your skills and experience with those duties.
According to statute (5 U.S.C. 3133), there is no limitation on the total number of SES positions. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required to allocate spaces on a biennial cycle and each agency is allowed to establish positions according to their needs. This can be done without approval from OPM. The agencies are expected to manage their resource needs within the allocation process, as much as possible. This includes reprogramming of allocated spaces, along with flexibility to meet unanticipated needs. The biennial process is also used for Senior Level and Scientific Professional spaces. This is considered part of the strategic management of the total executive resource pool.
Do you walk into an interview ready to answer the tough questions...but are you also ready to ASK the tough questions? Most of us prepare long and hard in order to do well enough to answer interview questions, impress the hiring manager, and get the job offer. But have you considered what to ask when you’re given that opportunity to ask questions?
I remember thinking it would take forever to get through school. Now that I’ve been out for a few decades, I realize how quickly it flew by. The same can be said about life...and career. It goes by shockingly fast. Some people don’t have a clue what they want to do for a career. But others know exactly what they want; they just need a little guidance. If you’re convinced that a federal career is right for you, then you may want to expedite your job search with a Master Federal Career Advisor.
The Competitive Service consists of Civil Service positions in the executive branch of the federal government with a few exceptions, as defined in Section 2102 of Title 5, United States Code (5 U.S.C. 2102). In the Competitive Service, applicants must compete (as the term implies) for their positions through a competitive hiring process. This process is open to all applicants eligible to apply.
“So what do I need with an interview coach? Are they really worth the money?” you ask yourself. It’s an important question that only you can answer and an important decision to make for your career.