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Posted December 28, 2011 by

The World is Not Flat – Modern Job Search

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight David Eisenhower

My current job is in a small company (several thousand people) and many of the people I work with have been at this company for 15 to 20 years and have never seen modern technology. Now I don’t mean PCs, but I do mean they have no idea how mid to large companies operate. When I try to explain some of what we could be doing, it’s like I’m saying the world is round and they still think the world is flat and are afraid they will fall off. So I imagine that if any of them had to look for a job they would probably buy the Sunday newspaper and start looking in the classified ads (I’m sure some of you have no idea what I’m talking about). They would probably go to an employment agency and register (taking a few hard copy resumes with them). And after that, they would probably go to a few company HR departments and fill out applications (leaving a hard copy of their resume). For research, they would go to their local library and look up some companies they might want to work with. Now I know most of us are more up to speed than that, but the job search world of sitting by your computer at home and browsing job search sites is gone. The new world is all about being mobile, using the best technology to “get there first”  and land the best job the fastest. (more…)

Posted August 07, 2008 by

Writing Resumes for Federal Jobs

So you’re looking to land your first Federal job and are just about to start working on your resume. Stop right there. Before you put pen to paper (or fingers to keys), you should know that applying for Federal employment is different than the private sector.
Federal guidelines require that you provide very specific and detailed information to apply for a job by way of the OF-612 form or Federal resume (along with a KSA). Since the Federal resume carries the greatest influence of the two, let’s take a look at ways to create one that will help you get the job you want.
What You Need to Know
When applying for a Federal job, there are certain details that you must provide in order to be considered by a recruiter. They include job information (announcement number, title and grade), personal information (full name, address, phone, social security number, and country of citizenship), veteran’s preference or reinstatement eligibility (if applicable), education (chronological listing of high school and colleges with degree types, dates of acquisitions, major subjects, GPAs and total credits earned), and extensive work experience (with previous salaries included).
When detailing your work experience, you should keep the specific position you’re applying for in mind. The Federal government is strict about ensuring that applicants’ skills match the listed qualifications. So go into as much detail as possible regarding how you are qualified. This process will get you that much closer to getting hired.
Don’t Forget Your KSA
The KSA is also known as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and is a series of statements written in a narrative format that you must include with your Federal resume. It is written in first person and is meant to showcase in greater detail how you are qualified for the job you’re applying for.
Jobs that require a KSA will usually list between three and five statements in the posting that you need to provide answers for. You want your answers to be as thorough as possible by disclosing your knowledge, skills or abilities that relate to each statement, as well as when, how and why you acquired them giving concrete examples. In other words, use up to a page to sell yourself for this position with each answer. Don’t make your KSA a carbon copy of your resume – make it original. And don’t forget to type your full name and sign it before sending it off.
Adding the Extras
As mentioned previously, acquiring a Federal job requires putting in some extra effort, which includes disclosing any information that will help showcase your ability to perform. If you have additional work experience that relates to the position, provide plenty of details (including salary info and who to contact to learn more about your work experience). Also, remember to list any software, training courses, certificates, professional memberships, or awards that might help tip the scale in your favor.
Knowing the rules of writing a Federal resume can get your foot in the door. But taking extra steps to focus specifically on the job position, and include a thorough KSA will get you one step closer to securing a great Federal job.
Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and owner of who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that promote job search success from beginning to end.