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Fed Fact – 33.2 percent of new federal jobs are filled by veterans.
33.2 percent of total new hires across the federal government in FY 2014 were veterans. This is a 2.2 percentage point increase from FY 2013. Second, of the veterans hired in FY 2014, 42.8 percent were disabled veterans compared to 41.3 percent in FY 2013.
HOW TO GET BEST QUALIFIED! Landing a federal job takes an on-target federal resume. There are three ways to improve your federal resume to land a federal job. The feds are hiring veterans, but the resume still has to get you MINIMALLY QUALIFIED, at the very least (and hopefully Best Qualified!).
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
**Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. This is the best category!
Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
1. Keywords are important to get your federal resume Best Qualified!
You can find keywords for your resume from the USAJOBS Announcement Duties and Specialized Experience sections. Add these words into your resume. Here is an example of a Duties section of a FEMA Logistics Management Specialist position:
2. Be sure to demonstrate that you have "one-year specialized experience" in your resume:
For example, take Announcement Instructions for a Program Analyst, GS-12, FEMA: To qualify at the GS-12, you must have at least one year of specialized experience applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations. This position is ideal for an analytical professional looking for an opportunity designing and implementing logistics plans and exercises.
Federal Resume Solution:
Do you have one-year work specialized experience similar to this announcement? If so, just make sure you prove it on paper. Read the duties carefully and tailor your work experience to match the responsibilities. You want to ensure that the HR specialist can clearly see the one-year specialized work experience that's close to the announcement.
3. Add accomplishments to demonstrate your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Many of the vacancy announcements will include the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position. If you add an accomplishment that proves you meet the requirements for the position, that can help you get Best Qualified with your application.
For example, to illustrate Knowledge of the principles of emergency planning and exercise development, and the ability to conduct cost-benefit or economic evaluations of programs:
Skill in applying fact-finding and analytical techniques and methods used to gather and evaluate information and draw conclusions.
Ability to conduct briefings that communicate facts and ideas for organizational improvement of programs and/or policies.
Note: If you would like to see a sample of a federal resume that includes keywords, accomplishments and One Year Specialized Experience, go to www.vetfedjobs.org. There is a free sample at this website that would demonstrate Best Qualified content for a specific target position.
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Kathryn Troutman is the creator of the popular book and curriculum, Ten Steps to a Federal Job. This is a proven formula for researching, applying for an landing federal jobs. This curriculum is taught in in AF, Navy, Army, USCG and USMC Miltiary Transition Centers around the world. This is a step-by-step system for learning about federal job search through the interview preparation. Consider a free estimate or federal resume review to improve your federal job search results at www.resume-place.com/services/. Kathryn has written a SAMPLE book for military personnel seeking federal jobs, the Military to Federal Career Guide (also on CD-ROM). Kathryn has free samples of veteran federal resumes at www.vetfedjobs.org.