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When you first graduated from school, your stellar GPA was a great selling point; “However, now that you’ve been in the ‘real world’ for a number of years, employers couldn’t care less about your college grades,” Augustine says. “They’re much more interested in your performance on the job.”

Being studious, intelligent, and scholastically competent have value, too.


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There are plenty of opportunities within the federal government, but job applicants need to know the method for landing a position within the federal government is completely different than what they are used to in the private sector. Here are some tips job seekers will need to utilize when applying for a federal position.


First time Federal job applicants receive disappointing ratings on their application, despite being highly qualified for the position. The low rating is usually not a result of their qualifications, but of a poor application package.

Many job seekers descend into the same trap that countless first time Federal job applicant’s encounter. The applicants resume package must showcase details of their applicable experience and relate it to the position they are seeking. Once they perform this, a high rating will result.

Your strategy should be to make qualified list most of the time! When the Federal examiners review your resume application, they see your resume and a copy of the Vacancy Announcement for the position you are seeking. It’s the examiners job to check off each item listed under the Basic Qualification and Ranking Factors listed on each job announcement. They will begin by taking a glance at your resume to see if your have placed those qualifications on your career documents. So it’s imperative for you to list these Knowledge, Skills and Abilities on your resume.

So even though your resume may sound great, it won’t do the job until it clearly states that you have the qualifications sought for the position. For example, let’s say the job announcement states a candidate needs to have excellent writing and editing skills. Your resume needs to reflect that you have an expert knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Another example may be the announcement states you need to have experience in scheduling. However your resume doesn’t state you have made travel arrangements. It’s important to list each qualification and KSA sought so as you will receive the highest rating possible.

To ensure fairness across the board, the federal government’s hiring process is highly regulated. When applying for a position you will encounter questions in your federal application. Your replies to the questions have a major impact on your candidacy.

The Federal job announcements comprise of screening questions and affect how you will be evaluated. Always ensure your responses are supportive and tailored to each announcement. The reason being is that the agencies will evaluate a job seekers relevant experience based on the keywords in the job announcement to the keywords in the candidate’s application.

So to sum it up, ensure you obtain a copy of the Vacancy Announcement for each position you seek. Ensure you meet the qualifications to the full extent and that you are able to perform the position. In addition, identify each and every KSA and qualification being sought. Then revise your resume and apply with confidence. Instead of being aggravated you’ll have excellent ratings, be landing on the referred list and quite possibly an excellent government job offer.

Dannielle Ramos Rash is an Army Veteran and Founder of First Class Resumes & Career Services. She is a Certified Federal Career Coach (CFCC), Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST), and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Dannielle provides dynamic resumes & career documents for job seekers around the globe.


Here is some simple advice:

1. Include job- and company-specific content that shows you did your research.

Think of writing your cover letter as a sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Therefore, hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit.

You don’t have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

2. Share actions and results from your work experience that relate to that position, not your personal life.

Hiring managers truly want to know the details of your past work experience that pertain to the job at hand. This means you don’t need to highlight all of your great skills and experiences. Again, this is where your strategic thinking should come into play.

If you’re not sure where to begin, consider examples of times when your top skills came in handy and consider how that sets you apart for this particular job. Don’t forget: Hiring managers don’t want to hear about your personal life, goals, or needs—only about how you can contribute to the company.

3. Write short paragraphs with succinct details.

While all the details above are great for a cover letter, hiring managers want to receive this information in short and succinct paragraphs. You should focus on making it easy for them to read your cover letter. Don’t get bogged down in the nitty-gritty details of a past project—simply share the most important details that get your point across. Situation, action, results.

4. Ensure it’s professional-quality and error-free content.

This last detail is so simple, yet you’d be surprised how often it’s ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you’re customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional and politically correct.

Never forget your cover letter is about what you can do for the company and why you make a good fit for both the position and the organization—and nothing else. Hiring managers are reading your cover letter quickly, so make it short, professional, and give them the details they want to see.

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What value do you bring to the new job/career?

What value do you bring the organization? What unique knowledge base do you have that makes you valuable to them?
•What tools, equipment, or software do you use and HOW do you use it?
•What have you succeeded at that makes you different?
•Did you learn new procedures that allowed the organization to attract different clients through offering a new service?
•Did you lower costs? Create a new policy or procedure?
•Reorganize the filing system or a whole department?
•Did you cut labor costs? Did you improve labor retention?
•Create a time-saving process that increased production?
•Did you:
break sales records?
intervene and save a customer from leaving the organization?
create a new design that opened a whole new line of business for the company
build relationships with vendors; are you the first one called when they find a product to add to your line?


Use a Top Resume Writer from Appelbaum’s Resume Professionals to Speed Your Job Search

The economy is improving and with that improvement, more jobs are becoming available. That being said, however, there is still a lot of competition for those jobs as folks who have been stagnant in their careers try to move up, unemployed continue to find new roles, and those who gave up looking for work come back into the workforce. With more and more people applying for each open position (often in the hundreds), you need to make your resume stand out and get noticed. This does not mean to print it on bright pink paper or to use designer graphics, those get attention for the wrong reasons and are quickly discarded.

A first scan of resumes usually lasts only seconds. That’s right, I said seconds. Is your resume structured so both a human and computer can quickly identify key words and experience directly relevant to the position for which you are applying? If not, you may be out of luck and not advance to the next round of consideration. The best professional resume writers will help you establish your expertise and qualifications quickly on your resume so you pass the quick scan test.