There are several things you can do to make yourself more marketable to the federal government. Here are some steps that will help you.
- Build a federal resume: USAJobs has a tool to help you build the type of federal resume that government employers are looking for.
- Think like a hiring manager: Your resume is going to be viewed very quickly so you want to make sure that all the important points are easily visible and at the top. In other words, craft your resume for quick and easy review.
- Expand your horizons: Even though you may have a goal of a specific job in a specific department, donít be afraid to explore other opportunities. The US government is notorious for allowing its employees easy access to move from one department to another as their career develops. Also, after 3 years of federal government service you will become a non-competitive employee which could make getting that dream job a little bit easier.
- Consider mission critical jobs. Check the Office of Personnel Management's list of Jobs in Demand that need to be filled fast or need a large number of candidates frequently.
- Read all questions carefully and answer all questions completely: one of the main complaints from the government in regards to applications is that they are not completed properly. You will want to ensure that the entire application is filled out correctly, on time, and is sent to the proper agency via usajobs.gov or other way specified in the application process.
- Understand the process: You will want to take some time to review KSA and how they are suppose to be answered. Things like a proper federal resume, answering KSAs correctly, and following up with an agency can make all the difference.
- Be patient: The federal application process can be long and tedious because the US government is looking for the best and the brightest. Make sure to plan ahead when looking for a job, student program, or internship.