Chapter Six guides you through the federal application process. Unlike the private sector, applicants must submit detailed federal-style résumés and, in some cases, include replies to occupational questionnaires, and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) statements.
Most federal applications are compiled and completed online; in fact, many agencies prefer that applicants use this method. However, some agencies will only accept hard-copy application packages by mail, fax, or in person. Each federal vacancy announcement will specify its submission requirements.
This book not only helps individuals locate and evaluate job announcements and write a targeted federal-style résumé using the guidance and sample résumé formats provided; it also offers a complete picture of the federal employment process. You will find an introduction to federal employment, benefit summaries, pay scales, occupation listings, learn about hiring reform, how to prepare for interviews, a comprehensive Federal resume Guide, with unique chapters for Veterans, overseas employment, employment opportunities for the disabled, and law enforcement jobs. A complete package for the person serious about not only finding a job but knowing all they need to know to close the deal and be selected for a position.
Dennis Damp is an author, retired federal manager, business owner, career counselor and veteran. Damp’s federal resume guide tilted The Book of U.S. Government Jobs was a three-time finalist for “Best Career” title by the Benjamin Franklin Awards Committee and a finalist for “Best Career & Reference” title in 2011 by USA Book News.
Damp is the author of 25 books and a recognized employment expert. He retired in 2005 at age 55 with 35 years of government service. Dennis has been a guest on hundreds of radio talk shows and on CNN Cable TV. He developed and produced Internet Web sites and training videos, and has written numerous articles for national magazines, newspapers and Internet sites. His books have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. The previous edition of this book was in the top 20 most checked out career guides at libraries in 2009 as reported by Library Journal.
Dennis joined the Air Force in 1968 and spent over three years on active duty and an additional seven years with the Air National Guard. He was hired by the Department of Defense (DOD) after leaving active duty and transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1975. He spent the remainder of his career in various positions with the FAA.
While employed with the FAA, Dennis worked as an electronics technician, training instructor, project engineer, computer-based instruction administrator, training program manager, program support manager, and environmental health and safety program manager. Dennis held numerous supervisory and management positions and was responsible for recruiting, rating and interviewing applicants, outreach and hiring. His last government position was technical operations manager at the Pittsburgh International Airport's air traffic control tower.
Damp’s books are based on his many years in management where he was responsible for recruitment, outreach, retention and career development. His books present an insider's view of what it takes to go from job hunter to hired employee, and everything in between, to improve a job hunter’s chances of landing a high-paying government job.
June 24, 2011 "Your book helped lead the way to my new federal position and "Second Career" with the DOD. I was offered MULTIPLE positions (Competitively & Schedule A – Disabled) over the course of a year's worth of applying. No previous fed experience and not a vet BTW. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. — Ken B.
“Using the information presented in this book I was granted 5 interviews, received 3 job offers, and accepted a GS-12 position; then negotiated a significant pay increase.” — Mark S., Ohio
“Damp’s discussions on ways to enhance your resume to get your foot in the door helped. My resume has made it to the hiring official over 90% of the time since I read his hints and I’ve been called for 2 interviews. — JT
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