Sandra Yeaman replied to the topic Federal Manager Asks: How Do I Trust My Teleworking Employees? in the forum Human Resources 6 years, 4 months ago
I am a full-time teleworker, so perhaps my situation is enough different to explain my different feeling on the subject. I use a diary which I complete every day to identify what I have accomplished or in some cases what my activities were even if they didn’t lead to something I would call an accomplishment. My boss has an alert set for this diary…[Read more]
At one of my overseas posts, I gave pencils to my staff that had the phrase “One of the B&F Favorites” on them (B&F stood for Budget and Fiscal Office back in those days) with the instructions that they were to give out one pencil each week to someone who had done something that made their work easier. My time and attendance clerk gave out the…[Read more]
I stumbled on a great tutorial site for Section 508 compliance, but didn’t save the link. In looking for it, I found several others that look promising:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/training – W3C Web Accessibility initiative
http://www.jimthatcher.com/webcourse1.htm – Jim Thatcher.com
http://www.web-accessibility-tutorial.com -…[Read more]
I just posted a blog entry describing the first State Department SharePoint Conference – https://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/share-the-power. If you are interested in our lessons learned, let me know.
I just posted a blog entry describing the first ever State Department SharePoint Conference – https://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/share-the-power. If other agencies are interested in our lessons learned, let me know.
I reviewed your revised resume and think it looks terrific! I turned on track changes and added a few comments to highlight the accomplishments/achievements statements that really helped me visualize you on the job. There is only one suggestion among the comments — my recommendation to spell out MPD as Metropolitan Police Department…[Read more]
One significant value of SharePoint is that it allows business owners to create the solutions they need for themselves instead of having to rely on IT staff. That may not be what you need for an Internet or intranet site, but SharePoint is a platform for much more than just publishing content. If SharePoint is used for collaboration to create the…[Read more]
Thank you for the opportunity to review your revised resume. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find your original resume so I was asked to comment on how closely your revised version fits the advice from the Federalizing Your Resume webinar.
The format of your revised resume is very familiar as it includes the information required from the…[Read more]
I am pleased to have the opportunity to compare your first and then revised resumes, evaluating the revised resume in light of the information provided in the Federalizing Your Resume webinar. You have clearly incorporated many of the most important points.
Your revised resume includes the information needed to indicate your interest…[Read more]
State Department was one of the first agencies to offer a Student Loan Repayment Program. The amount has always been below the maximum the law allows, but it has spread the money out to benefit the largest possible number of employees as a result.
It’s not an easy process to qualify for since the implementing regulations put some gates in the…[Read more]
I turned track changes on and added several comments throughout your resume. In general I believe it is a strong resume with each block of experience adding to the picture you created of yourself at the top. I recommend some minor formatting changes to make it easier to read.
Since you are interested in moving into federal employment,…[Read more]
I reviewed your resume without referring to your posting, and that may offer some clues as to your lack of success thus far. I would not have viewed your resume as advancing your interest in a job with the Forest Service. But I also have to state that I was curious from it just what type of job you were hoping to line up. Your recent…[Read more]
Below are my initial impressions, for your consideration. You have highlighted your achievements rather than just listing your responsibilities which is the major area for improvement in most of the resumes I have reviewed. But I think you have a number of format challenges.
The mix of fonts, sizes, colors, and styles (italics and…[Read more]
Attached is a sample of a cover letter I prepared which lists the major requirements listed in the announcement in the left column, under the heading “Your Needs,” with selected elements from my resume in the right column for each of those, under the heading “My Qualifications.” I will admit that the ending of this cover letter isn’t as…[Read more]
I have uploaded annotated versions of both of your resumes, and I applaud your desire to combine them into one. I found the producer version to be the stronger of the two and recommend you begin with that one. I prefer the order of the presentation of the elements in that one since it begins with your work experience — which is strong.…[Read more]
First I have to admit to being a bit intimidated in reviewing your resume, precisely because you have the experience of a rocket scientist. So my comments on your resume are more stylistic than substance.
If you continue to apply for federal jobs, you will get lots of experience in responding to requirements for certain knowledge,…[Read more]
I did find a reference on the readability of centered text: http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/typelayout/a/centeredtext.htm
And here’s one about justified text: http://www.adamsdrafting.com/2007/05/03/justified-text-versus-ragged-right-text/
Your resumes illustrates many of the important components of a federal resume. It’s clear you have done your homework.
Before I began reviewing your resume, I reformatted it to use Word features set to do what you want instead of just accepting the defaults. My primary reason for doing this is to make the electronic version of your…[Read more]
I took the text of your message and pasted it into a Word document and then added headings and formatting to conform to a standard resume style. It reads easily, although you may wish to edit the paragraphs into bullets rather than just put the bullets in front of each paragraph.
You have included some excellent examples of your…[Read more]
Your resume is pretty solid. I’ll admit that I ran it through RezScore before I began reviewing it and that algorithm gave it an A-.
I especially like your use of “Highlights” to indicate specific examples of your achievements. I encourage you to add one or two for the employment periods you haven’t already done so as well. The…[Read more]
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