Premium Content for Members Only

Career Guides >> Browse Articles >> Government Application Process

Career Guides >> Browse Articles >> Government Job Search

+10

12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

80 Comments
12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

If you are a first-time federal jobseeker, feeling desperate for a good, stable job, read this list of mistakes and avoid them. You will waste valuable job search time, energy and enthusiasm if you are doing it all wrong. In the current job market, it is better if you slow down, read the announcements for the qualifications, carefully review the questionnaires, and write good answers to questionnaire essays and KSA narratives. Consider the federal job search your “job”.

Your mission: To get a GOOD Job.

This article is a collection of the biggest mistakes that I am seeing when reviewing and critiquing resumes from private sector candidates seeking federal jobs or coaching people in federal job search who are out of work right now and want a federal job.

+10
  • Photo_user_blank_big

    verny27

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I applied for several hundreds federal jobs and I'm not getting nowhere. I have a Master's degree in Security Management and still nowhere. I'm a veterans and still can't get OJT from VA. I am willing to work for free to get more experience to get jobs. When I applied with some of these federal positions sometimes I can't even get them to tell me why and what happen. Last year I applied for a School Monitor job on the bus through the federal agency and still didn't get a callback. I applied for interns, no callback. I guest I was hoping the stimulus package would help out the unemployed, but it seem those jobs are gone to whoever. What do I do try for another degree? I'm still hanging in there.

  • Christmas-around-world1_max50

    minhwanl

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    DHS and FEMA has job announcement mailing list.

    http://www.fema.gov/help/getemail.shtm

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    maryhannon

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I've been using USAjobs, submitting applications, and basically getting no where. Homeland Security just sent me an email letting me know my score was 99. How can I be more proactive, possibly getting asked to come in for an interview?

  • Dgreer2_max50

    dprophet21st

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Can you please explain what they really mean by asking if you have at least one year specialized experience at the next lower grade? Are they assuming that all applicants have prior federal experience, this is kind of tricky? How do they evaluate your other experience to determine whether you meet that criteria or not?

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    r_schultz

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have applied for several jobs at Usajobs.gov. I have been successful at uploading my resume, DD214 and other documents. I am a business professional and I am not familiar with KSA's. If I am missing out on additional opportunities I would appreciate any assistance.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Schultz

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    willisaw

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I thought you'd be able to use this information.

  • Picture_003_max50

    jwcoon50

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Not a good article. Mentions the mistakes but provides NO real clarity for correcting them, especially when it talks about the five sites for job searches but does not name them.
    re-work the article for more in-depth answers and you would have someething there.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    dk550

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    take a look at this

  • Retirement_pics_074_max50

    Tim123

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    There are many agencies out there who can't wait to sell you their resume writer services. This may be a viable option if your currently employed. On the other hand, if you've recently joined the growing number of people who are unemployed, taking on an additional expense may not be the best plan of action.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    dmr741a

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Keep trying-I had wrked for a major airline in NY-but after taking a transfer to Miami, I was laid off after a year, and found it hard to get a decent paying job-I started at the bottom-after using my 20+ years in restaurant/cust.service, I applied for a Toll Collector position-pay stunk, but it got me into State facilities, working with State people, ans soon enough I became a State Toll Supervisor-then got into the office where I am + have been for 10 yrs now! I set up my resume' on the My Florida. com site-and went from there! Don't lose faith! :)

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    sdclarke

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    In reponse to govcentral83's comment: You asked 'which are the five major sites to create a profile and build a resume"? Well here are the sites I know, perhaps someone else might be able to add to this list. Also, I threw in the UN because, although it is not fedeal employment, it could prove to be a stepping stone to a federal job...

    www.avuecentral.com
    www.cia.gov (they have their own application process)
    www.cpol.army.mil
    www.usajobs.gov
    www.navy.mil
    http://www.whs.pentagon.mil/
    www.applicationmanager.gov (profile and account)
    www.un.org

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    fredrickhoyt

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    what about people with criminal convictions?

  • Img_0139_max50

    govcentral83

    almost 6 years ago

    6 comments

    Which sites are the "five major sites" to create a profile and build a resume?

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    jamesmdalton

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Employers want to hire a problem solver that can follow instructions, perform beyond the required duties, and will work their full shift. The difference between an average job applicant and the one who gets hired is presentation and persuasion. Thousands apply for any given position and they usually have the same qualifications, so you must focus on your uniqueness that will solve their problem. Also, you must help them move from a focus on your past to a focus on you working together in the future.

  • Azzizzizina_wedding_009_max50

    ChecpusWilkins

    almost 6 years ago

    242 comments

    I think that this, is good information......

Govcentral School Finder

Save time in your search for a degree program. Use GovCentral's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.