How to Create a Compelling Federal Resume

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.Continue Reading

Careers with the Central Intelligence Agency: Get the Inside Scoop

If you’re looking to make a difference in your career, you might want to consider the global career opportunities at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA is actively recruiting for the important job of keeping America safe. The mission of the CIA is to preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe. The agency hires individuals from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds to serve in roles both in the U.S. and overseas.Continue Reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Security Clearances

Many jobs with federal agencies or government contractors require having a security clearance.  A security clearance is a designation by the federal government that provides you access to classified information. Unfortunately, you cannot get a security clearance on your own — an organization needs to sponsor you to even be considered for a clearance. Additionally, obtaining a security clearance can be a lengthy and complicated process.Continue Reading

Proactive Job Search Strategies

A traditional job search is reactive – responding to posted or available positions. While you always want to continue to search for opportunities through traditional sources like online job boards (,,, etc.), and newspaper and trade publications, you must also work to tap into the unadvertised job market and enlist others to share information and keep you apprised of potential openings in their organizations.Continue Reading

Selling Your Military Experience to a Civilian Workforce

If you are a veteran transitioning into the civilian job market, hiring managers will inevitably ask you about your military experience. Considering less than 10 percent of the U.S. adult population has ever served in the military, the chances are high that you will be connecting with plenty who do not know much about the military, and this can make it difficult to “sell” your previous military experience.  Continue Reading

Strategies for Leveraging Your Degree

So you received your diploma—congratulations! Now, you are ready to embark on a new journey. The benefits of earning a college education include better-paying, higher-skilled jobs, and opportunities for career advancement. Below are a few strategies to help you leverage your degree and advance in your career.Continue Reading

Strategies for Job Seekers Over 40

Many older professionals are fearful about job searching. Some are concerned their age may prevent them from finding a job, while others are concerned they may have to compromise in order to get the position that they want. These concerns are real and legitimate. While it is true that the workforce has changed and competition for jobs has increased, it does not mean you should give up your search. The right attitude and perspective can get you closer to your goal. Below are a few strategies to help you stay focused and yield positive results in your job search.   Continue Reading

5 Tips to Negotiating Salary

Once you make it through several rounds of interviews, the most challenging part of the process is over. However, there is one more thing to consider before you accept any job offer: salary negotiation. For many people, negotiating salary is uncomfortable and scary. To help you confidently ask for what you want, here are five tips to help you negotiate a great salary.   Continue Reading