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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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5. Showcase your role.

Did you work on your own? As part of a team? In a supervisory capacity? As a team leader? Let the agency know your role in the projects. For example, this response:

  • I helped put together conferences. Among my responsibilities were sending invitations, calling potential guests, and preparing the conference materials. would be stronger if worded this way:
  • As part of a team of five employees, I helped put together conferences. My responsibilities included sending invitations, calling potential guests, and preparing the conference materials.

Were you promoted while working on a project? If so, mention that too. Note, for example, this response doesn’t mention a promotion:

  • In my last position, I spent 2 to 3 months at a time in the field collecting samples for the study. The following year, I spent most of time in the lab, only going to the field occasionally.

while this revision does:

  • In my position as Project Manager, I spent 2 to 3 months at a time in the field, overseeing 5 specialists who assisted me in collecting samples for the study. The following year, I was promoted to Senior Project Manager which required that I spent more time in the lab. As a result, I only went to the field occasionally.

6. Remember – timeframes count.

Timeframes count so be sure to address these questions: what were the dates or length of time you worked on a project or job? Did you work full-time or part-time? If part-time, what percentage of your time did you do that work? For example, this candidate could have worked in his position for a few months as a part-time employee:

  • I served as a contractor for the agency. I regularly produced educational videos and IVT training sessions.

This response is stronger worded this way:

  • From 7/1999 -10/2002, I served as a full-time contractor for the agency. I spent at least 30% of my time producing educational videos and IVT training sessions

If you didn’t spend substantial time in a particular position, include the dates anyway. Other information such as the outcome of your experience or the scope and depth of your work will underscore its value.


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