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12 Biggest Mistakes of Federal Job Seekers

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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.

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    Tim123

    over 5 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.

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    dmr741a

    over 5 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! :)

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    sdclarke

    over 5 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

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    fredrickhoyt

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    what about people with criminal convictions?

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    govcentral83

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

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

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    jamesmdalton

    over 5 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.

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    ChecpusWilkins

    over 5 years ago

    242 comments

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

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    stgreg11

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    The government checks your credit reports. If you have overdue bills, that could be a problem. As a suggestion, please check your written comment which is full of errors. You have punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammatical errors in each sentence. Your sentences are difficult to understand. Employers care about writing proficiency.

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    daudin

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Ive completed 21yrs as a federal employee with the dept of the army as a dual status technician. When I reached 20yrs with the Army reserves I Retired so I had to lose my federal employment. I have a career status but when I apply for jobs in my occupation Im not getting any positive feed back. I would greatly appreciate any sound advice

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    amolamiafamiglia_321

    over 5 years ago

    206 comments

    I have a problem , finding a job, maybe is in the wrong places, I'am working on finishing my master but I have several degrees, in criminal justice, i will love to get a job with the government ,How do I get to where I want to go if I don't see result in my problem,I'm bilingual,I do have experience in different field and most of all I do want to work 24/7 if I have to do,I'm tire of having bill collectors on my phone every time it ring.

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