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What Happens After the Interview?

What Happens After the Interview? If you have ever interviewed for a job, you know that you often don’t hear the results right away. Even if you follow up, you still may not hear back from them. Of course, it is recommended that you DO follow up, […]

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A General Purpose Federal Resume?

A General Purpose Federal Resume? One of the most common requests from clients is for me to compose a one-size-fits-all federal resume for them. While this may seem like a great option, in the end it will ruin your job search. Here are some thoughts to ponder […]

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The 2016 Resume

The 2016 Resume: How to Set Yourself Apart We have always been told that our resume needs to stand out, but these days attention spans are increasingly shorter. Studies by TheLadders found that hiring managers spend only six second looking at each resume, and that is only […]

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Federal Jobs Application Process Updates

Federal Jobs Application Process Updates USAJobs.gov has updated its site recently. As new features roll out, the site will be experiencing a comprehensive redesign that OPM is hoping, will transform USAJobs into a more user-friendly website. OPM has surveyed job seekers from all over the U.S., governmental […]

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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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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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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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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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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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