Author: Dr. Dana

Why interviewers ask: ‘Why do you want to work here?’

We all have different reasons for why we work where we do. Some want job security. Others want to serve the American public. Still others just need a paycheck. There’s also those who want work-life balance. And, admittedly, others work where they do because that was the first agency that gave them an offer. The question becomes: How honest should you be when you’re asked about your motivation to have applied to this particular job.

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Write a Federal resume like a pro: 7 tips to make sure it’s seen

If you read many articles or blogs about people who are trying to get into the Federal government, it seems the biggest hurdle is getting beyond submitting an application. A Federal resume pro is someone who has figured out the algorithm for writing a resume. These pros are the most likely to have their resume reviewed by the hiring manager. As a little background, it might be interesting to describe the basic steps of the Federal hiring process. Basic steps of the Federal hiring process You submit application by 11:59 pm of the job announcement close date. HR reviews applications to determine if you meet basic requirements. Top applications are sent to the hiring manager to review. Hiring manager schedules interviews (phone or face-to-face). Hiring manager conducts interviews and makes selection. Name of person the hiring manager selects goes back to HR. HR calls the lucky candidate with a tentative job offer. If you are someone who can’t get past stage 2 of this hiring process, I’m here to help. There are just a few small adjustments to significantly increase your chances of getting your Federal resume seen by a hiring manager. Here’s 7 pro tips for writing a Federal resume: Print out the job announcement. Highlight the key words or phrases you see repeated. Make sure those key words are in there as many times as possible. Remember, if the key words...

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Federal resumes break all the industry rules

Those new to applying to government positions may make the faulty assumption that a few tweaks to their current resume will get them in the door. Not true. As you will see, there’s some pretty significant differences between the resume you would submit to a company and a Federal resume. In this post, I’ll provide you some important Federal resume pointers. Remember, the first person who reads you resume is typically not an expert in your field. They have been provided a template for words or phrases to look for in your resume.  If you haven’t provided enough detail or...

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A positive first impression before the interview: 3 tips

If you’ve been seriously searching for a Federal position you may have 5-10 applications in the pipeline and it may have been 6 months since you applied for any one of them. And then one day, the phone rings. Your first impressions will start the moment you pick up that call. While you may not be getting any points towards the hire during this call, you can lose them quickly.

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