In 2017, UMUC is pleased to once again participate in the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities for summer or permanent jobs. Most of these opportunities are usually paid between GS-5 through GS-11, although the salary depends on the agency. Agencies across the government participate in this program including the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and Department of Treasury. Most of these opportunities are internships located in the greater Washington, D.C. area, but WRP interns have been hired in nearly 40 states and on military bases in Germany.
Federal job searching can be confusing if you are new to the Federal Government. It is important to understand the steps that you will need to take in order to move ahead in the process. The difference between applying for a federal job and a non-federal job is your resume.
A captivating resume tells a story of your achievements rather than simply providing a summary of your responsibilities. Writing a results-driven resume may come easy for career professionals who have jobs where there are clear, quantifiable key performance indicators. However, if you are working in a role where your impact is ambiguous or not regularly tied to performance data, this could be a challenge.
When I wrote my first resume back In the 80s, things were much different. Resumes were written with broad objectives, with content that was comprehensive and generic in focus, and everything was included—just in case. Overall, my resume was all about me and was designed to cover a wide range of employers and potential opportunities.
Regardless of how savvy you are, job searching is not always easy. It is important to understand how positions are filled and to develop a strategy that will help in your career quest.
When reading job postings for your target career, you may often see that industry certifications are required, and this may be in addition to having a certain academic degree or years of experience. This is particularly true for cybersecurity positions with government contractors. There are dozens of certifications within the cybersecurity industry, so to better understand which certifications to pursue based on a target career or position, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) partnered with ICF International, a federal contractor with a large cybersecurity division, to deliver a webinar sharing their expertise on this complex topic.
Congratulations on your well-deserved success! As a recent college graduate, you have good reason to be excited and optimistic about your future, and many of you may be launching your job search and may need advice on landing a job. Consider the following strategies to help you be successful in your job search.