Posts Tagged: resume

Avoid These 10 Common Pitfalls In Your Federal Resume Work Experience Section

By Kathryn Troutman, Author, Federal Resume Guidebook and CD-ROM, 5th Ed. and Federal Career Consultant, Do you want to avoid the most common pitfalls that I have seen in the Work Experience section of the federal resume? Whether you are just sitting down to draft your federal resume, or if you already have whatRead… Read more »

10 Must-Read National Security Blogs

A list of the top-10, must-read national security blogs from contributing writer Mike Jones. Read the full list here, and don’t forget to share your top picks! Blogs are not just for online diarists, they are a medium for professionals to discuss and exchange information about their fields. Nowhere is this truer than inRead… Read more »

Three Important New Year’s Resolutions for Your Federal Job Search!

Do you know the top three New Year’s resolutions for Americans in 2012? #1 Lose Weight #2 Reduce Stress #3 Financial Management The same three resolutions are also critical for success in your federal job search. Let me show you how: #1 Lose Weight Make Your Resume Lean AND Mean! Every day, we see federalRead… Read more »

Things Not to Do at Your Government Office Holiday Party

It’s that magical time of year, when lights are strewn, carols sang and way too many sugary treats are eaten. For most offices, it also means that some kind holiday party will be held. With cash short on hand in most government offices today, that means even more parties will be taking place right thereRead… Read more »

How to Tell It’s Time to Leave Your Current Contract

The world of contracting has its benefits, not the least of which is the option to try new opportunities and experience new challenges. Along with the benefits, however, are a few drawbacks. The most pressing, especially in these economic times, being the potential for contracts to come to an end, and sometimes rather quickly. StabilityRead… Read more »

Getting an Entry-Level Security Clearance Job

A few tips, tricks and sympathy on breaking into the security cleared workforce, from one of our contributors: So, you want to get into the clearance world? As someone who has faced this challenge the past couple of years, I do not claim to have all the answers but I have observed a number ofRead… Read more »

Tips for Skype Interview Success

Today’s job search has gone high-tech. From career networking online to using social media to build your online brand, being web savvy is to every job seeker’s advantage. One phenomenon of the Internet age is the Skype interview. An increasing number of recruiters are using online web interviews to screen candidates and conduct initial interviews.Read… Read more »

5 Old-Fashioned Job Search Techniques

The job search landscape has changed tremendously in recent years. The electronic age has led to information overload for both the job seeker and the employer. Here are five old-fashioned, or just plain wrong, job-search techniques to avoid if you want to improve your chances of getting hired. 1. Mailing your resume to an employer.Read… Read more »

Should government employees “cool-off” before entering the contracting world?

A senate hearing earlier this week focused on Intelligence Community contracting presented several interesting thoughts. Most notably, a bi-partisan panel agreed with a CIA policy which prevents government employees from leaving the agency and immediately accepting contract work. Retirees are exempted. The whole idea is to prevent the “poaching” of the CIA’s top talent, whoRead… Read more »

Use a Word Cloud to See if You Are Emphasizing the Right Keywords in Your Resume

Word Cloud. You’ve probably seen one but may not have realized what it is. A word cloud is a randomly arranged combination of words or phrases meant to visually represent the words or ideas that are most prominent in a document. The more a phrase or word appears in a document, the larger it willRead… Read more »