The federal employment process can be confusing and overwhelming at times. Though it is complex, taking time to understand the federal employment process can increase your effectiveness and likelihood of landing a position.
On October 19th, 2017, University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Career Services team hosted more than 250 students and alumni online and in-person for a Recruiter Session featuring CSRA, Randstad, RTGX, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The event provided attendees information and insights surrounding the various career opportunities and work culture within each organization.
The entertainment industry always speaks to “giving the audience what they want.” Things are not much different in the job search world. If you are applying for a technical job, your resume needs to showcase—what else—your relevant technical skills.
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.