If you’ve ever thought about applying for a job in the federal government, you probably noticed right away that it’s not your standard job search. You can’t simply submit your regular resume and expect to get results. In order to pursue a career working for Uncle Sam, you need something special: a federal resume.
Some people always want to be camera-ready, but for career professionals, there’s something even more important: being resume-ready. You never know when a can’t miss-opportunity will come your way. September is International “Update Your Resume” month, which makes it the perfect time to dust of this essential document and refresh it.
A standout resume tells a story of your achievements and does not simply list the duties you are responsible for. Writing a resume highlighting your success may come easy for professionals who have defined, measurable goals. However, if you are working in a role where your impact is ambiguous or not exactly quantifiable, this may be a challenge.
This is the third installation of a three-part series about how to use the 12 weeks of summer to enhance your career experience and boost your chances of success.
Your online profiles – whether it is CareerQuest, LinkedIn, or both – give others clues about your personality and career path. It is often the first impression to hiring managers looking for specific skill sets to fill open positions.
When updating your resume, job seekers seem to default to discussing duties and responsibilities and often neglect highlighting significant accomplishments and relevant skills. One way to combat writer’s block is to start the process by asking yourself self-reflective prompts to help you recall stories that showcase your unique work history. Keep your content focused to ensure you include information that will show the employer how you could potentially help their organization.
So you’re interested in being a public servant. That’s great! The federal government can be a terrific place to grow and flourish professionally. It’s also an important way to contribute to both your community and your country. But what’s the secret? And given the current climate, what are your chances of getting a federal job?
Congratulations! You scored an interview. But the excitement of the opportunity may fade as you realize you need to prepare to make the best impression possible. Here are five steps to help you get ready for a big interview:
Are you an up-and-coming professional looking to jumpstart your career? If so, UMUC has a not-so-secret weapon available to help you succeed: the UMUC Career Mentor Program.
Next Wednesday, March 14, UMUC will host its Spring Virtual Career Fair featuring 62 premier employers. Access a list of these employers and what they are recruiting for here. Recruiters are searching for candidates across a wide variety of career areas and locations, so be sure to study this list carefully so you can best plan your time at the event.