‘Tis the season for Secret Santas, white elephant gifts, and good will toward men and women. But if you’re a federal employee, there’s a strict list of who it would be naughty to get a present from or give a present to.Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 7, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
"Keep the Change." This was the tag line of Bank of America's 2005 initiative to get their clients to save more. Here's the story behind the phrase:
Bank of America approached IDEO, a global design consultancy firm, with the problem of how to entice more people to open accounts. IDEO conducted observations across the country with the bank's innovation team to identify the target demographic: baby-boomer women with children. Then they came up with an idea: "the service rounds up…
This blog post was originally posted on GovSupervisor.com.
Author: Mark Leheney
The supervisor was in disbelief, then shock, then rage, and finally full-out sobbing as she heard the staff talk openly for the first time about what it was like to work for her. For many years, she had run the place, doing whatever she thought was right, getting work done, thinking things must be OK.
But the results…Continue
Added by Greg Carter on December 6, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments
The buck stops here-the value of taking responsibility
Every manager at some point in their career will be faced with the repercussions of the failure of someone who works for them. Whether it is an oversight that made your team miss a reporting…Continue
GSA’s SPF program is a professional development program that provides federal employees in-depth training on sustainability. The fellowship covers regulatory requirements, industry trends, systems thinking concepts, and provides hands on sustainability project experience. As part of the fellowship, each employee will receive training in relevant sustainability in procurement…Continue
Added by LaVaughn Seepersad-Fayson on December 5, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
After using all three in a professional setting for a few years, I think these are some general notes that can help new government contract specialists.
First, I prefer phone negotiations. They’re usually faster than the alternative and don’t give either side much time to delay, meaning neither side overanalyzes its interests to death. But you must do your homework. Otherwise, you may say something you will regret. If a break is…Continue
Added by Sterling Whitehead on December 4, 2012 at 7:33pm — No Comments
"It's no secret that careers in health care are booming. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor expects the health care and social assistance industry to add 5.6 million jobs from 2010 to 2020 - more than any other field."
The U.S. Department of Labor projects 68,000 new medical and health services manager jobs to be added from 2010 to 2020 - that's a 22 percent rise in employment! As the baby boomer population gets older, we should see an increase in the number of facilities…Continue
Added by Camille Roberts on December 4, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Added by Craig Thomler on December 4, 2012 at 2:32am — No Comments
I drive a 2002 Kia Rio and over the last few years I have noticed countless others driving the same vehicle. Each time I see a Kia Rio, I cannot refrain from comparing our cars. Is my car in better shape? Does their car come with power windows with extra leg room? Although I continue to pose these questions upon myself, I am always quick to find reasons as to why my car is better than theirs. I have said things such as, “Their car may be cleaner than mine, but I just drove across three…Continue
Right now 1/3 of the federal acquisition workforce has under 5 years of experience on the job. But the University of Maryland is trying to ease the knowledge gap by launching a new program to train acquisition experts.
Jacques Gansler is a professor at the University of Maryland. He also served as Under…Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on December 3, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Most fantasize about retirement while working. I recall telling my wife when I was in my mid 20s that I wanted to stay with federal service because I could retire at age 55, which I did by the way. However, we live in the real world and retirement is a HUGE decision that changes your routine and life forever and hopefully you will move on to bigger and better things.
There are many issues to consider when you retire and…Continue
Added by Dennis V. Damp on December 3, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
At a high school debate competition, kids barely old enough to drive, drink or vote argue in teams about the finer points of morality and public policy. One of them is my daughter.
It's interesting to see the different ways people justify an argument and how well those are received. It's noteworthy that each type of argument will likely appeal to a different personal mindset or culture.
Hopefully these can help those learning and getting into the profession.
Added by Sterling Whitehead on December 2, 2012 at 7:55pm — No Comments
Last week the U.S. Census Bureau released the long-awaited data rich Census 2010 EEO Tabulation. This is the closest thing to…Continue
This article is published at by Military.com. The emphasis of this article is that veterans can use career counseling and resume writing help with their next career.
Career Coaching and Writing Help
When John Russo, Ret. COL., Maryland National Guard, began his search for a federal job, he expected good results in short order. After all, Russo already had two very successful careers under his belt, with the Baltimore City Police Department and…Continue
Added by Kathryn Troutman on December 2, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
I'm not sure who got more out of our time together, Miguelito, my employees, or me. He was nine when I met him. Both of his parents were serious alcoholics. I was stationed overseas and living by myself in a modest two bedroom concrete house in the mountains.
Miguelito (Spanish for "Little Michael"), like the…Continue
Added by David Dejewski on November 30, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments
Let’s say you have the training certificates and education as well as the experience just to get in the door.
It’s frustrating seeing others without your work experience, walk in and take the same job you may have the experience and extra specific training for. So, why didn’t you get the job?
Added by Jack Shaw on November 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
"If you look up the word Army in the dictionary is a group of people. You don't have to carry weapons to be an army. So a group of 13,000 people in the US Foreign Service in 275 embassies and consulates around the world is an army," said Nicholas Kralev.Continue
Added by Emily Jarvis on November 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments