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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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7. Value your experience.

Many experiences illuminate your significance as a candidate. For example, you may have published relevant articles in your college newspaper or a local publication. Or you may have gained valuable experience through:

  • Leadership positions. Were you president of your sorority or fraternity? Did you lead a team either as part of your classroom experience or a volunteer group? Mention these positions and the outcome of your efforts.
  • Extracurricular activities. Perhaps you volunteered or belonged to a club that gave you valuable experience. Let the agency know specifics including projects, dates, and how your experience applies to the field.
  • Internships. Never underestimate the importance of hands-on education, especially internships, whether during the summer or over an entire semester.

Regardless, mention them!

8. Show and tell.

Telling about your experience is great but be sure to use examples, too. See how this candidate’s job sounds pretty blasé:

  • As a maintenance mechanic, I often worked in settings that required I maintain control of every move in the operation.

Look at the difference a few specifics can make:

  • As a maintenance mechanic, I often worked in settings that required I maintain control of every move in the operation. For example, for 16 months I worked on renovation projects in the Smithsonian Institutions where I had to move priceless museum exhibits using forklifts, cranes, skids, and rollers.

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