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10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

10 Tips To Let Federal Employers Know Your Worth

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3. Make your message stand out.

Paragraphs that are easy-to-see are more than nice – they can make or break your message. So remember, keep your paragraphs brief, usually between 5 and 10 lines depending on content. Put important points first – where they’re most visible. Here are some possibilities:

Short paragraph

  • While an associate editor for Agricultural Magazine, I selected each month’s special features on scientific findings and agricultural economics; hired five diverse new writers, all with scientific backgrounds; and reviewed all copy to ensure a style accessible to readers ranging from rural farmers to university researchers.

Subheaders

  • While an associate editor for Agricultural Magazine, I was responsible for:
  • Critical content decisions. I selected each month’s special features on the relationship between scientific findings and agricultural economics, among other articles.
  • Quality of articles. I reviewed all copy to ensure the style was accessible to readers ranging from rural farmers to university researchers

4. Focus on outcome.

What is the most important aspect of your work experience? The answer may be a surprise: the outcome. In fact, you’d be amazed by how many people forget to mention this critical aspect of their experience altogether. When discussing outcome, be sure to discuss the whats, the hows, and the breadth and scope of your experiences:

1. What occurred. Did you improve the workplace? Perhaps you refined technology tools, created programs, or organized procedures. Regardless, let the agency know what occurred. Use brief examples to best illustrate your point whenever possible.

2. How much and how many. Did you start new projects? How many? Did you save your previous office money? Time? How much? Don’t forget percentages, numbers, and degrees that apply.

Notice how this example falls flat because it ignores the outcome:

  • As a supervisor at Early Start, I oversaw the development of grant proposals. While in this position, I put systems in place to ensure that my employees provided the government with the exact information it needed.

While this revision is more revealing…and competitive:

  • As a supervisor at Early Start, I oversaw a team of 10 employees who developed grant proposals. While in this position, I developed a template-based system to help my coworkers anticipate requirements. This helped us meet all deadlines a week in advance and create proposals that won us two grants more than the previous year.

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