TIME TO UPDATE YOUR RESUMES NOW!

RESUME PLACE ALERT:
TIME TO UPDATE YOUR RESUMES NOW!
by Kathryn Troutman, March 21, 2017


This much we know: President Trump has ordered a limited federal hiring freeze and a broad review of the federal workforce with an eye toward reducing headcount.

But we don’t know many specifics regarding potential furloughs or layoffs in individual agencies, programs, missions and budgets.

True, given the president’s emphasis on immigration, homeland security and defense, a number of federal agencies are likely to maintain or even expand their workforces. DoD, ICE and other departments and agencies were enumerated in the president’s executive order as exceptions to the hiring freeze. Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency, on the other hand, know that they need to prepare for the possibility that their positions will be eliminated.

DON’T WAIT. Even if you’re in a department that hasn’t been mentioned as a target for workforce reductions, don’t just wait and see if you will be affected. It’s prudent to be prepared to act as soon the pending workforce plan of the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management is announced.

So what’s the immediate upshot for federal workers? The time to update your federal resume and other application materials is right now.

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Kathryn Troutman is leading two 60 minute resume writing webinars. Learn the latest formats for both federal and private sector styles:

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How to update your resumes (2 resume formats) to prepare for changes in the federal workforce:

FIRST – FIND YOUR LATEST RESUME AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS! ADD ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

To be ready to launch a job search at any time, first find your most recent resume and assess what aspects of it need to be updated.

To maximize your chances of having your federal application designated “best qualified” or “referred,” bolster your resume with details of three professional accomplishments from the last five years. In about 75 words per accomplishment, describe how your employer has benefited from your KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities).

SECOND – FIND OTHER DOCUMENTATION, LATEST SF-50 AND TRANSCRIPTS

Then do a review of your supporting documentation. Your checklist should include performance evaluations, a job description for your current position, transcripts for recent education or certification, and so on.

THIRD – UPDATE YOUR USAJOBS ACCOUNT, SET UP SAVED SEARCHES

With your revamped application materials in hand, take a little time to update your account on USAJOBS.

THERE ARE EXEMPT POSITIONS POSTED ON USAJOBS

Yes, with the partial federal hiring freeze, vacancies currently posted on USAJOBS are somewhat limited. But it still makes sense to set up saved searches now and monitor job openings that might be a fit.

OR … Considering a move to the private sector?

If pending changes to the federal government’s workforce strategy have you considering a move to the private sector, now is the time to prepare.

FIRST – TRANSLATE THE RESUME LANGUAGE

You’ll need to translate any agency-specific wording – jargon, that is – into terminology that’s native to the private sector. Resume keywords, especially, must make sense to corporate recruiters, human resources folks and hiring managers.

SECOND – FIND A FEW RECRUITMENT ADS

Consult private-sector postings and job descriptions to double-check your choice of keywords.

THIRD – WRITE A COVER LETTER

Then create a cover letter that communicates how your federal employment experience and skills apply to the private-sector role you seek. Be as specific as you can.

There’s no denying that these are trying times for the federal workforce. But regardless of the swirl of uncertainty, it’s time to get your resume up to date, whether you want to stay in government or consider bringing your skills and experience to the private sector.

TAKE A COUPLE OF WEBINARS TO LEARN THE LATEST FORMATS
UPDATE YOUR RESUMES WITH THE LATEST FORMATS, KEYWORDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENT EMPHASIS !! Kathryn Troutman is leading two 60 minute resume writing webinars. Learn the latest formats for both federal and private sector styles:

  • Federal Resume Writing Webinar with Book! Info here
  • Private Sector Resume Writing Webinar – plus converting your federal resume into a private sector resume. Info here
  • $79.95 for each webinar; or $150 for BOTH!

RESUME RESOURCES: To refresh your knowledge of the federal resume and the application process, consult Federal Resume Guidebook, 6th Edition or Jobseeker Guide, 8th Ed.

REQUEST HELP WITH YOUR FEDERAL RESUME OR PRIVATE SECTOR RESUME DURING AND AFTER THE FREEZE

Federal Resume Guidebook 6th Ed,: Writing the Successful Outline Format Federal Resume


Federal jobs tend to offer high pay, great benefits, a strong employee support system, and they are some of the most coveted opportunities in today’s job market. As a result, competition for these jobs is at a record high. To survive the initial resume screening, let alone achieve one of these in-demand jobs, candidates must understand how federal resumes are different from resumes for other occupations and know how to write them effectively.

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