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Career Development Advice and Helpful Tips

Establish Partnerships

  • Local/State Employment Services, Military Transition Centers, Military Installations
  • Local/State Veteran Service Organizations, Rehabilitation Centers, One-Stop Centers
  • Local Servicing Federal Agency (Human Resources)
  • Federal Agency Contacts
    • Student Programs, Vet Coordinators, Selective Placement Coordinators, Diversity Advocates

Purchase Membership with Professional Training Organizations

  • Purchase memberships, Attend “free” seminars/webinars
  • Purchase memberships with Employee Associations/Community Organizations

Do Your Homework

  • Refer to OPM Qualification & Classification Standards – as a cross reference
  • Research “specific” federal agency of interest
  • Consult with Human Resource Professionals - establish a “buddy”
  • Weigh Pros/Cons for position of interest - Can you pay your own moving expenses?

Prepare Your Resume

  • Highlight “key” qualifications ; speak plain language; avoid use of abbreviations
  • Provide information on whether part-time/full-time work experience
  • Provide references upfront; not at a later date
  • Provide only pertinent information for specific job of interest
  • Seek professional assistance
  • Consult with job coach/mentor
  • Highlight “Key” Qualifications
  • Possess excellent project management skills
  • Manage major projects, programs, and agency initiatives
  • Problem-solving advocate when dealing with diverse audiences
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal/external customers
  • Manage complex, controversial, and highly-sensitive issues

Preparing for the Interview

  • Ask friends/relatives to participate in a “Mock” interview
  • Sign-up for “free” Interview Techniques workshops/”Mock” Interview Workshops
  • Identify “specific” characteristics to share with hiring manager
    • Twenty years of knowledge/expertise
    • Work well in teams with diverse audiences
    • Active participant with public service activities and community events
    • Champion/Team Player/Problem-Solving Advocate
    • Attend high-level meetings with CEOs and Executives, prepare briefings