Changes to the Federal Hiring Process Update – May 2010

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The changes to the federal hiring process and the overhaul of the federal hiring process will be significant. This reform effort started approximately a year ago and it will culminate in critical changes for anyone who is a federal employee now, a person who is looking at federal employment and those people who want to look at federal employment and are transitioning from military service. The good news and the big deal is that the federal hiring process will look a lot more like the private sector hiring process. There will still core cover letters, resumes and questions to answer but it will not require the kinds of cumbersome essays and complications across the federal system.

Veteran’s Edge Conference – Photo Gallery from Early in the Day

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Thanks to all my fellow panel members and clients who gave up their time to participate in this discussion. It was really nice to listen, participate and meet everyone. Our Networking for Success panel included Jay Drake, Art Burke, Alicia Keisler and a lot of others who asked great questions.  All the military folks who were there benefitted. It was …

Employee Referrals – Approach This Networking Tactic with Care

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One of the most overlooked aspects of networking are employee referrals. Sadly, many eager networkers who are in career transition don’t take time to build the relationships needed to secure a positive referral from a friend, a former colleague or even a new relationship. Handle this networking approach with care.

Copy of the Presidential Memorandum – Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process

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Copy of the Presidential Memorandum – Improving the Federal Recruitment and Hiring Process
Folks, this is printed from the’s website. For over 18 years Career Pro Inc. has worked on the highly difficult development of federal applications, resumes and the painful KSAs. We remain committed to the belief that authentic, accurate and excellent information, professionally presented will sell our clients benefits to any employer. We are poised for these rather significant changes. We are very happy that the White House and President Obama recognize this need for change and we welcome it.

Resume Distribution Services and Career Search Strategies

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It seems like every client or potential client is being sold to buy some secret ingredient to short cut their difficult search. It does bother me that these services claim a short cut to success in finding meaningful employment. As an 18+ career services veteran I have viewed and overviewed hundreds of these services it seems, their claims and their methodologies. We have never promised someone a job or x amount of income. These services should not either. The good ones offer one piece of a what should be a multi-pronged approach when it comes to career search.
We promise to do what we say we will do in our contract and agreed upon terms. We often and always strive to do more than people expect. That’s our goal. We have never made wild claims but remain hopeful and positive about the good things that come from foundational elements to a strong, multi-faceted and often multi-month search strategy.
One strategy that has been utilized by savvy, career services veterans focuses on targeted distribution of resumes. But no career services professional or career coach would ever suggest that you blindly and only send any old resume out to recruiters. Search is a planned event. One method among probably hundreds that we use remains selected, targeted or hand picked resume distribution. These distribution services can offer one aspect of this strategy. Furthermore, don’t think that your labor is not required in a high level job search. It is. No one can do it for you if you are not involved and following up with recruiters and others.