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USAJobs Resume Builder Character Limitations

USAJobs Resume Builder Character Limitations On November 8, 2011, a Federal Hiring Reform was implemented. This reform included a directive for HR to “eliminate all requirements of separate narratives from initial applications.” This was a huge relief to every federal job seeker as a separate narrative for […]

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Translate Your Military Skills

Translate Your Military Skills It’s not always easy to translate what you have done in the military for civilian folks to understand. In some cases, it may not be necessary. For example, if you are applying for a position with a government contractor, it’s possible they want […]

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Attention-Grabbing Resumes

Attention-Grabbing Resumes. How can you get an employer to read your resume for longer than three seconds? A good place to start is to avoid overused, common phrases and words when describing your experiences. When an employer reads the same descriptions about every potential employee, it rarely […]

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Write a Winning USAJobs Resume

Write a Winning USAJobs Resume. You probably know, most federal positions require you to use the USAJOBS resume builder or at least follow the exact same requirements found on the builder. Follow these best practices to ensure you will write a winning USAJobs resume: (1) Pick a […]

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2015 Federal Resume Applicants

2015 Federal Resume Applicants Whether you are applying for your first Federal job, have filled out Federal applications in the past, or looking to leave the private sector it is worthwhile becoming familiar with the 2015 Federal resume format prior to filling it out. Patience is key […]

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The Job Market in 2015

The Job Market in 2015 2015, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar, is the year of the sheep, a year believed to embody peace and tranquility. Here’s why we, and the majority of U.S. economists, think 2015 just might be your year to take charge in the […]

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Applicant Tracking Systems, Your Friend or Foe?

Applicant Tracking Systems, Your Friend or Foe? Most of you have probably heard about applicant tracking systems, but some of you may be wondering what I’m talking about. Applicant Tracking Systems or ATS are computer programs used by human resources offices to scan resumes and other documents […]

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USAJobs Resume Builder Details

USAJobs Resume Builder Details When someone contacts me for federal resume information, one of the first questions I ask is whether or not they have used the resume builder. Many people think they can simply submit their commercial resume for a federal vacancy announcement. This is not […]

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Is the Federal Hiring System a Hoax?

Is the Federal Hiring System a Hoax? This is the question raised in this Washington Post article. According to the Merit Systems Protection Board, 79% of federal human resources staff reported that management had a specific candidate in mind “at least some of the time”. This in […]

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2015 Federal Job Applicants

2015 Federal Job Applicants Are you planning to apply for a federal job in 2015? If so, you’re going to love this article from Federal Times. “Hiring Spree: Agencies adding 72,000 employees in 2015” is the title of the article. If that isn’t good news in itself, […]

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