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10 Tip for Letting Federal Employers Know Your Worth

10 tips for letting Federal employers know Your worth %24 So, you found the job you want. And it's with the Federal Government. Congratulations! You're embarking on an exciting journey with dynamic opportunities that Federal jobs provide. You're also competing with some of the best candidates around. How do you know you've shown future employers' your worth? First, read the job announcement carefully and acquaint yourself with what the Federal agency is looking for. Then, check your resume to ensure it's complete and includes all the required information for the job you want. Next, capture how your experience matches the competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for that job. Remember: Federal agencies base their decisions on merit. Follow these 10 tips carefully when describing your experience and skills: 1 Use Words Wisely Today, the key to a good application is getting the right information to the agency representative in a fast, readable style. Example: In this position, it was my responsibility to assist the program director on evaluating health care programs. Due to the fact that most of these centers were in rural areas, it was important that I traveled at least 3 days a week. It's full of useless words and phrases such as due to the fact, it is important, and it was my responsibility that block your point. Cut them out for a stronger, easy-to-access message. Look at this line: Better: I worked with new law enforcement officers who were just entering the force and needed to learn techniques for identifying and interrogating suspects who they suspected of illegal activity. In my capacity, I trained them on these techniques. In this position, I assisted the program director on evaluating health care programs. Because most of these centers were in rural areas, I traveled at least 3 days a week. Better: I trained new law enforcement officers on techniques for Identifying and interrogating suspects. Repeats can slow your message, too. 2 Keep Sentences Short and Clear Short, direct sentences help the agency get your point. But remember, don't duplicate your resume. Rather, you're elaborating on significant points in full sentences. Short, direct sentences help the agency get your point. Remember: don't duplicate your resume. Elaborate on significant points in full sentences. Break up sentences to make your point more flowing. Short Paragraphs: Make Your While an associate editor for Remember: Agricultural Magazine, I selected each Message Stand Out month's special features on scientific findings and agricultural economics; hired five diverse new writers, all with scientific back grounds; and reviewed all copy to ensure a style accessible to readers ranging from rural farmers to university researchers. Put important points first - where they're most visible. Кeер your paragraphs brief, usually between 5-10 lines depending on Paragraphs that are easy-to-see are more than nice - they can make or break your message. content. - or 4 Subheaders: While an associate editor for Agricultural Magazine, I was responsible for: Critical content decisions. I selected each month's special features on the relationship between scientific findings and agricultural economics, among What is the most important aspect of your other articles. Focus on Outcome When discussing outcome, be sure to work experience? The answer may be a surprise: the outcome. In fact, you'd be amazed by how many people forget to mention this critical aspect of their experience altogether. discuss the whats, the hows, and the breadth and scope of your experiences. Quality of articles.Ireviewed all copy to ensure the style was accessible to readers ranging from rural farmers to university researchers a. What occurred. Did you improve the workplace? Perhaps you refined technology tools, created programs, or organized procedures. Regardless, let the agency know what occurred. Use brief examples to best illustrate your point whenever possible. Showcase Your Role Did you work on your own? As part of a team? In a supervisory capacity? As a team leader? Let the agency know your role in the projects. b. How much and how many. Did you start new projects? How many? Did you save your previous office money? Time? How much? Don't forget percentages, numbers, and degrees that apply. Were you promoted while working on a project? If so, mention that too. 6. Timeframes Count 23 Other information such as the outcome of your experience or the scope and depth of your work will underscore its value. If you didn't spend Timeframes count so be sure to address these questions: what were the dates or length of time you worked on a project or job? Did you work full-time or part-time? If part-time, what percentage of your time did you do that work? substantial time in a particular position, include the dates anyway. Experience 8 Value Your Experience You may have gained valuable experience through leadership positions, extracumricular activities or intermships. Many experiences illuminate your significance as a candidate. Remember: Show and TellI Be specific in your exxamples! Indude numbers, dates, etc. Mention them! Telling about your experience is great but be sure to use examples, too. 10 Illuminate Your Resume Resist Additions Don't Repeat It You may be tempted, but please resist sending an additional package with copies of awards, publications, training certificates, letters of recommendation, lengthy job descriptions, writing samples, or a photo unless the agency specifically requests it When writing about your experience to describe how it matches the competencies required by a job, don't simply repeat your resume but illuminate important facts or give examples to shed new light on the breadth and scope of your experience. Source: USAJOBS © 2011 GovLoop - Social Network for Government govloop GIGS Created by: Jameel Moses ROCK YOUR RESUME [email protected]

10 Tip for Letting Federal Employers Know Your Worth

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Follow these 10 helpful tips to better demonstrate your competencies, skills and abilities to your future employer.




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