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Find Your Federal Job Fit

Find Your Federal Job Fit by Karol Taylor The road to a federal job is sometimes rocky, never smooth, but navigable if you can follow their instructions. Some folks apply without really knowing what they are doing and give up in a pique of frustration. Below are […]

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Your Federal Career

Your Federal Career Decision Making – Strategies for Success By Karol Taylor Karol Taylor is a retired fed and Career Counselor who helps people get federal jobs.  She is the coauthor of Guide to America’s Federal Jobs: A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities, 4th. Ed. Karol can be reached […]

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Cover Letters for Federal Applications

Cover Letters for Federal Applications Cover letters are typical for the corporate world, but when it comes to federal applications, are they necessary? Most experts will agree that cover letters do not make any difference when you are applying for a federal position. Typically they aren’t even […]

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I Hired a Resume Writer, Now What?

I Hired a Resume Writer, Now What? Having worked with many different clients over the years, one thing I have noticed is that most clients have no idea what to expect when they hire a resume writer. Since it can be rather ambiguous, I thought I would […]

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The Truth About USAJobs Vacancy Announcements

The Truth About USAJobs Vacancy Announcements Has this happened to you?  While scouring the federal employment website USAJobs for an announcement that fits your criteria, you find the PERFECT position? It has the right job title, the right pay scale, the right location, and the right qualifications! […]

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Are Federal Employment Opportunities Declining?

Are Federal Employment Opportunities Declining? According to www.govexec.com, the answer is yes. The website says federal jobs are minus 10,000 positions just in March ’14. This is somewhat contributed to the hiring freeze, as some agencies were not able to replace employees that might have left while […]

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Why Can’t You Land a Federal Interview?

Why Can’t You Land a Federal Interview? Many clients contact me because they have had very little luck in applying for federal jobs. They tell me they have applied to more than 50 jobs and have yet to receive a “best qualified” on their application package. They […]

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Is Your Employer Watching Your LinkedIn Profile?

Is Your Employer Watching Your LinkedIn Profile? So, you understand how important LinkedIn is for professional networking and job search. You have researched enough to know the value offered and now you are ready to optimize your profile. But, as you click on “edit” and begin to […]

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Resume Format: PDF, ASCII, .doc, or .docx?

Formatting Your Resume: PDF, ASCII, .doc, or .docx?  What is the best resume format to use? Imagine you have just finished writing and editing your resume. You hold up that perfectly spaced, tabbed, indented, and designed beauty admiring it and decide you’re going to send it to […]

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Using Positive Thinking to Find Your Next Job, Part II

Using Positive Thinking to Find Your Next Job, Part II For the past seven years, I worked with the Department of Defense. I managed several programs within the Family Support Center for the Navy. The two biggest programs I managed were Family Employment and Life Skills. Not […]

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