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Tackling The USAJobs Questionnaire

Tackling The USAJobs Questionnaire Tackling the USAJobs questionnaire can be very intimidating. If you’re like most of my clients, you have heard rumors about these questionnaires. The most common rumor is that you should go ahead and answer all of the questions as if you are an […]

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What Makes an Effective Federal Resume?

What Makes an Effective Federal Resume? If you have ever applied for a federal job, you know that the process is tedious and extremely competitive. A resume is only one small piece of the process, but it is important. The government application process is unique. Nothing about […]

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To Use Resume Builder or To Upload

To Use Resume Builder or To Upload That is the question for any federal job seeker. USAJobs provides the option to upload your Word resume or to create a resume in their resume builder. I always recommend using the builder. Yes, it’s true, your Word version is […]

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5 Common Mistakes Job Hunters Make

5 Common Mistakes Job Hunters Make It’s clear that our job market is improving, but why are so many job seekers still struggling? One recruiting firm said it is  “due to the way candidates present themselves, and how they perform during interviews.” Hundreds of North American headhunters […]

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The Secret to Good KSA’s

The Secret to Good KSA’s KSAs, otherwise known as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, are usually dreaded by every federal applicant. It’s basically a series of qualifying statements that used to require page-long narratives included with a resume for a federal application. While a separate narrative is no […]

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Will Your Federal Resume Land You an Interview?

Will Your Federal Resume Land You an Interview? It is estimated that more than 50,000 federal jobs and 60,000 paid internships will be opening in the next year. If this is true, there will be a lot of opportunity to break into the federal sector. While most […]

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How To Target Your USAJobs Federal Resume

How To Target Your USAJobs Federal Resume The federal government, much like the civilian sector, uses application tracking systems to scan resumes and ease the burden of resume reviews for the human resources department. These ATS require applicants to be more vigilant in selecting the terms and […]

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Managing Your Federal Job Search Campaign

Karol Taylor shares some great insight: Can you think of ways you might conduct a campaign – any kind of campaign? Three styles immediately come to mind: political, advertising, and fundraising. Your federal job search can be understood this way: In a political campaign, someone is selected […]

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The Federal Vacancy Announcement

The Federal Vacancy Announcement The federal vacancy announcement is not a mystery, although it can see rather overwhelming when you first begin your federal job search. Many of my clients feel incapacitated simply by reading an announcement. Yes, they are long and very wordy, and sometimes even […]

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11 Mistakes During Your Federal Job Search

Avoid these 11 mistakes during your federal job search ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal job seekers often are frustrated with, overwhelmed by or puzzled over the complex federal hiring process. In their new book, Find Your Federal Job Fit, authors Janet M. Ruck and Karol Taylor explain […]

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