Managing Your Federal Job Search Campaign — my guest blog on Careers In Government

26 08 2014

Did you know that the federal job search campaign is different from any other?  Many people do not understand the importance of having a strategic plan for their job search, and a federal job search requires even more specificity.  Please take a look at my guest blog to find out how! Feel free to share further insights and comments:;


Can You Follow the “How to Apply” Instructions?

4 08 2014

In previous posts I addressed two key issues in analyzing a federal vacancy announcement: 1) Are You ELIGIBLE to apply and 2) Are You QUALIFIED to apply.  The third key element in applying for a federal job is being able to follow directions,  In other words, can you adhere to the HOW TO apply instructions located at the end of the vacancy announcement?

Contrary to popular belief, federal employees are hard workers who are generally very good at following instructions. They are lots more productive than the media would have us to believe.

First the Content, then the Learning

4 08 2014

The content for my Federal Job Fit course is up; posting it in a way that made the information compelling was a bit of a challenge, but do-able.  Now the deep analysis begins: What do I want participants to learn and how do I want them to learn it?  What is enough and what is too much?  I love facts, but many people don’t.  How do I balance facts and abstractions?

I am using HaikuLMS as my platform.  Learning it was time consuming, but not as difficult as I feared.  I still have a way to go until I thoroughly understand the system, but I am making progress.

Now I must create reasonable assignments and discussions that enhance learning, and take about two hours per week to complete.  I am told that’s what a working professional can handle.  It’s a reasonable expectation, but harder than I imagined.

Taking on a new challenge typically includes a learning curve.  Learning theory indicates that adults aren’t comfortable with the ambiguity it takes to master a new skill, and in my case, they are right.  Even so the challenge feels somewhat delicious, and for each small success I get a warm, fuzzy feeling.

From content to assignments to learning.  I imagine my students will feel the same about learning the content as I do about learning the system.  I intend to remember this feeling.  I am looking forward to assisting others through their learning curve and to remembering how it feels to take on a new, yet compelling challenge!