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Rock My Resume: Jaime Allentuck
August 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm #136871
Thank you in advance for offering your resume review services. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback.
Why do I want your resume reviewed? I’ve been working in the same agency for five years, and I want to be sure my resume is marketable for other federal agencies and/or the private sector. Also, I am trying to move into a job that allows me to focus on international work. I do have experience with this work, but it is not what I’ve been doing over the past 3 years.
- What is my current situation (employed, seeking, etc.)? Employed and seeking other opportunities that will allow me to work on international issues, preferably for the Federal government, but I would also be willing to move to the private sector for equivalent pay.
- Where am I in the process? I have been networking with individuals at various organizations and have submitted my application for a few jobs through USAJobs.
- What’s the main issue you’re encountering? I have not getting past the original screening to get called in for an interview, and aside from sprinkling in the key words agencies use in their vacancy announcements, I’m unsure how to show that my skills are transferrable for jobs at GS-13 or GS-14 level if I don’t have the exact experience they are looking for. I’m especially concerned about the questionnaire of skills and abilities which are often so specific that agencies appear to be looking for people who have done these same jobs at a lower level. This brings me to the third issue, which is that I often wonder if agencies are really open to hiring folks externally or if these jobs are truly earmarked for certain individuals that are currently in that workplace.
- Can you share 1 link to a job you’re interested in applying for? These are two jobs that I applied for already: http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=100419603&TabNum=6 or http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=88340566&TabNum=6. I am waiting to hear back from the first agency to see if I am among the best qualified, and I did not get an interview for the second.
September 16, 2011 at 3:52 am #136876
Thank you for participating in the Rock Your Résumé program! I’m honored to review your résumé and hope my suggestions will help educate you and improve your résumé so you can land your dream job!
You have exceptional experience, education, knowledge, and skills. Your résumé is very good! It is hard for me to delete anything to make it a bit shorter because it is all relevant to what you are applying for with these announcements. I think just a few additions and some modernization is in order. I wrote you quite a bit of information in the file itself. I know it is a bit difficult to decipher track changes so I created a version and accepted track changes so it is a bit more readable. I also included my “quick” philosophy on the first couple of pages.
I believe you will increase your interview rate if you incorporate two critical selling sections that contain qualifications and core competencies (keywords). This will help your résumé get past the initial screening and capture and keep the attention of the reader. I wrote an example of some of these based on one of the federal job announcements you submitted.
I did not make all the changes to each section, but I think you will get the idea after you review the first few pages of the résumé. For the federal résumé, all jobs need to have the supervisor’s name, may/may not contact, phone number, salary, and number of hours worked per week, and month and year. The education section needs to have the number of semester hours, GPA, and 3-4 relevant courses. Don’t forget to include your high school information. All of this detail is what makes a federal résumé different from a private sector résumé. Everything that is asked for in the USAJobs.gov builder must be on the résumé.
Also, I noticed the following paragraph in the announcement. I noticed the items listed in bold are not on your current resume.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and in order to fully evaluate your application it must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf. To receive full consideration, your resume must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Failure to identify the required experience in your resume will result in loss of consideration. You may receive credit for unpaid or volunteer experience on the same basis as paid experience, provided it is directly related to this job. To receive proper credit, you resume must include: (1) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to the position; (2) examples of the specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work for each job listed; (3) actual time spent in such activities (percentage of time worked in each position); (4) beginning and ending dates of employment (dates must be listed with both month and year for qualifying purposes); (5) frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.); (6) number of hours worked; and (7) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). This information must be clearly identified in your resume.
It is critical to take advantage of the Additional Information section on the USAJobs builder. You can learn more on how to do that in my free eBook: http://www.job-hunt.org/federal-government-job-search/federal-job-s….
You mentioned that you wondered if agencies are really open to hiring folks externally—I believe they are…I have many external clients getting jobs in Federal government. I realize that some might be, but don’t let that discourage you. Keep trying! Be persistent…and it will pay off!
If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to seeing your resume after you incorporate the changes as you see fit. Be sure to post it back to the group as soon as you can.
Best of luck to you!
September 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm #136874
Thank you so very much for looking over my resume and providing some great feedback! I really appreciate the time and effort you devoted to this, and my resume will be better for it! Many thanks!
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