For all current and alumni of the PMF program.
Open Thread for PMF Applicants: Ask Your Questions Here!
September 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm #141332
September 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm #141346
I am a new member of govloop.com (great resource!) and am applying for PMF this year. As I decide what resume to submit, does anyone have thoughts about resume styles appropriate for govenment jobs? As a environmental scientist (with a goal of working in applied research and policy) I am more used to a bare-bones CV type of thing. And then I’ve also put together a resume with USAJobs which is MUCH more narrative and primarily describes my research background – but these kind are a lot more work to tailor to a particular job/opportunity.
At this initial stage of PMF, does the depth and breadth of the resume matter that much, or should I go with my well-polished but less narrative scientific CV?
Thanks for any advice!
October 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm #141344
Chelsea L. BoothParticipant
I was in a similar situation (from the social science side) and I included my full CV at the initial stage (which was 10 pages long…busy research and teaching career!).
By the last round (for the in-person interviews at the job fair), I had two versions. The first was a two page short resume with the highlights that was directed to the jobs I was trying to find. This included the typical “Skilled researcher, project manager, bla bla bla, with skills in X, Y, and Z” at the beginning. The second was my full 10-page CV that I’d redesigned to be more readable–I think the USAJobs one is a mess. As I wandered the job fair, most people asked for my full resume and NOT the short version. In fact, I had printed about 50 short versions and only 10 long and I ran out of the long version well before lunch.
So I’d say, have two! It worked for me; I had an offer two weeks after the job fair.
Feel free to message me directly if you’d like to see exactly what I’m talking about…and good luck!
October 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm #141342
October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm #141340
Chelsea L. BoothParticipant
I’m a current (2011) PMF, and I heard about the online assessment results in the 3rd week of November last year.
Good luck with the process!
October 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm #141338
John (and anyone else),
According to the PMF website, they should come out earlier this year, since the in-person assessments are during the third week of November. I copied this directly from the PMF site (http://www.pmf.gov/becomeapmf/index.aspx):
By November 1, 2011
- Applicants notified on eligibility and nomination status
- Semi-finalists selected and notified
- Semi-finalists scheduled and notified for in-person assessments
So, we should know by next Monday on our status of the online assessment/becoming a semi-finalist. I’m in the same boat as you and can’t wait to hear!
Take care everyone,
February 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm #141336
Hi Lauren – I recommend the Rock Your Resume webinar. I think there is an archived version. This will answer a lot of your questions. I wouldn’t get rid of your CV – that might be a good option for some positions/agencies.
February 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm #141334
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