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O Tannenbaum! 3 Reasons You Need an Evergreen Resume

Yeah, O Tannenbaum is a cornball title for a blog article about resumes, but play along just a little. The Holiday Season is upon us with all of its lights and music and family traditions. O Tannenbaum is a favorite carol, and there is actually a connection between the tree’s “lovely branches” and today’s topic.

Evergreens are a ubiquitous symbol for the holiday season. Childhood memories conjure up the smell of Christmas trees and festive wreaths on the doors of houses. Long a symbol of life in the midst of winter, evergreens branches and trees have been used as seasonal decoration from the Roman times.  Even the word has come to take on a meaning of freshness. To say that a subject or idea is evergreen signifies that it is always current, relevant and worth examining.

But should we apply the word evergreen to resumes? Absolutely. In the current employment season, keeping your private-sector resume evergreen is a smart decision and it may also make good sense for some federal resumes.… Read more »

What Did You Really Accomplish?

There’s no shortage of advice for job seekers who want to create a resume that will assure them the perfect position. In this two part series, CareerProPlus looks at resumes from a different angle. The key question is how your resume will be read. How do today’s HR professionals screen and read resumes? What are the challenges that the process presents for even the best candidates?

Photo Attribution: Guinessworldrecords.com

Human beings have accomplished some truly amazing feats. For example, Ashrita Fruman of Jamaica, LI, NY holds the world record for the greatest distance travelled with a pool cue balanced on a chin. The record currently stands at 1,668 meters, just in case you’re up for a challenge.

Kim Jong-Il, the megalomaniacal “Dear Leader” of North Korea, claimed to have achieved some very significant accomplishments early in life. According to his biography, he found time to write 1,500 books during his time in college and also composed six full operas in a mere two years – “all of which are better than any in the history of music.”

How do your achievements stack up?… Read more »

The DHS CDP Vacancy Announcement has finally opened.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Candidate Development Program (CDP) vacancy
announcement has opened and if you are a status candidate (federal employee) at
the GS-15 level you are eligible to apply if qualified.  This DHS CDP
vacancy announcement requires a 5-page resume only.  ECQs are required to
be answered within the five pages of your resume, as well as the one Technical
Qualification (TQ.)  Make sure you read the vacancy announcement closely
because the ECQs are specifically focused.

Here is the link to the USAJOBS vacancy announcement:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385413300

Office Of The Secretary For
Homeland Security

Job Title: DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program

Department: Department Of Homeland Security

Agency: DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHS-SES-CDP-2015-1250665



to $157,100.00 / Per Year


November 10, 2014 to Monday, December 1, 2014





Full Time
– Multiple Appointment Types


vacancies in the following location:

Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


All groups of qualified individuals within
the Federal service.… Read more »

Robots Are Reading Your Resume

There’s no shortage of advice for job seekers who want to create a resume that will assure them the perfect position. In the next couple of articles, CareerProPlus looks at resumes from a different angle. This is Part One of a two part series about how today’s HR professionals screen and read your resume and about the challenges that the process presents for even the best candidates.

If you’re looking for a career change, chances are good that you’re doing some research to help you update your resume. There’s plenty of information available online. In fact, a Google search on the phrase “how to write a resume” yields exactly 105 million results in less than a second. Assuming that you are able to scan each of these articles in a couple of minutes, it will only take you 399 years to learn everything you need to know. There’s a lot of good advice on the interwebs, but you’ll also have to wade through some that isn’t so profound. Here’s a short example of some of the sage wisdom you’ll encounter:

If your resume doesn’t have legs, it can’t stand.… Read more »

Building Your Resume with USAJobs

by Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, MFRW, MMRW, MFCA/T
USAJOBS 3.1 screens applicants’ responses to questionnaires found in most vacancy announcements in support of the level of experience you claim for specified questions. This step and your responses will determine if you qualify for the specific position. The responses to these questions and your experience, skills, education, training and accomplishments must be specified throughout your USAJobs resume. The USAJOBS online Resume Builder has its own limitations and requirements. That means your information must meet the required format, keyword criteria and characters permitted. USAJOBS hosts many thousands of job applications for a variety of federal job openings in the U.S. and around the world. Online formats tend to be restrictive and each has different format requirements. If not written correctly with the required USAJobs resume format, your application may end up being automatically rejected.

Encoding Specific Keywords for USAJOBS Resume Database Searches

Now that USAJobs is searchable throughout all federal agencies looking for qualified candidates, it is important to build your USAJobs resume in the builder instead of uploading your resume.… Read more »

Federal Jobs Continue to Open and Grow in the Last Quarter of 2014

The federal government netted 3,000 new jobs in August, according to the latest numbersfrom the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking the fifth consecutive month in which the size of its total workforce has slowly ticked upward. 

http://www.govexec.com/management/2014/09/federal-hiring-continues-slow-upward-climb/93308/?oref=govexec_today_nlRead more »

Five Tips to Make an Everlasting First Impression

It is true that most people judge a book by its cover and make snap judgments, but we also make them incredibility quickly, usually in 100 milliseconds or less, and we find these decisions difficult to change.
First impressions are fast, firm, and very important when being judged for a job. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and a lot of advice for those looking to improve their first impressions. Below I have listed the top five to consider:
1. The Basics
Your appearance is the foundation for any first good impression. Whether you like it or not, looks matter, and you should care how you present yourself. If you have special issues such as an abundance of tattoos, cover them up. If you feel uncomfortable about competing with younger candidates and want to look younger yourself, dye your hair. If you can’t afford to buy a new suit or outfit, press your current apparel and ensure you have a crisp shirt or blouse to wear. If you wear facial piercings, remove them.… Read more »

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.

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2014/07/air-force-to-offer-separation-incentives/88669/#.U8U5s4oqQ3Y.emailRead more »

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.

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