Robin Schlinger will be presenting on Federal Resumes – “Helping Clients Secure a Federal Job” on CEU One Stop – August 18, 2017 and August 25, 2017. If you want a Federal Resume – contact Robin Schlinger at Robin’s Resumes® today to learn from an industry-leading expert.
Now that the election is over and the American people have chosen President Elect Donald Trump, the transition is on. In the next 72 days, President Elect Trump’s team will choose their political employees. This article outlines some information on how to apply and how to get help in developing your application. Note, you do not apply for a job via this website. FederalResumes.net is NOT associated with the Federal government.
Per the transition websites, www.greatagain.com (President Elect Donald Trump’s website), its Help Wanted: 4,000 Political Employee release (https://www.greatagain.gov/news/help-wanted-4000-presidential-appointees.html), and www.presidentialtransition.org (a website set up by the Partnership for Public Service), they are looking for qualified applicants for four basic types of appointments:
- Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation (PAS): There are 1,212 senior leaders, including the Cabinet secretaries and their deputies, the heads of most independent agencies and ambassadors, who must be confirmed by the Senate. These positions first require a Senate hearing in addition to background checks and other vetting.
- Presidential Appointments without Senate Confirmation (PA): There are 353 PA positions which make up much of the White House staff, although they are also scattered throughout many of the smaller federal agencies.
- Non-career Senior Executive Service (NA): Members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) work in key positions just below the top presidential appointees, bridging the gap between the political leaders and the civil service throughout the federal government. Most SES members are career officials, but up to 10 percent of the SES can be political appointees. (For more information see the Office of Personnel Management’s website, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/.) There are 680 non-career members of the SES.
- Schedule C Appointments (SC): There are 1,403 Schedule C appointees who serve in a confidential or policy role. They range from schedulers and confidential assistants to policy experts.
In 2012, prior to the last transition, the government issued the Plum Book (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012/pdf/GPO-PLUMBOOK-2012.pdf) which lists these positions (there may be a new one soon). Note, for the top Senate-confirmed appointments, position descriptions have been published (http://presidentialtransition.org/publications/viewcontentdetails.php?id=1352).
There is a recently published official guide for employees applying for positions and rights on the Office of Personnel Management website (https://www.opm.gov/about-us/our-people-organization/support-functions/executive-secretariat/presidential-transition-guide-2016.pdf).
Applications for these positions is now open (https://www.greatagain.gov/serve-america.html). You will need to fill out an application online (https://apply.ptt.gov/) which requires an essay on why you hope to be part of the President-elect’s administration, a Cover Letter, an essay on any additional qualifications, a text resume (not a fancy resume) no longer than 131,072 characters (which, at an average of 4,000 characters per page, is more than 30 pages).
Based on my experience helping folks transition to President George W. Bush and President Obama’s administrations, a Federal-type resume works best for folks applying for these types of jobs.
Note the following will be required for these types of positions, including extensive background checks. Per the greatagain.gov website:
- The time commitment is significant and the pace is fast
- Appointments and jobs of the Trump-Pence Administration are demanding, and the application process is rigorous
For most applicants under serious consideration:
- A full FBI background check in which an applicant’s history of employment, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and education background will likely take.
- Consideration is taken for possible conflicts of interest. Financial holdings and sources of income must be disclosed. Any conflicts must be remedied by divestiture, the creation of special trusts, and other actions.
- Many appointees’ dealings with the Federal government both during and for a period after their service will be significantly restricted to prevent possible conflicts of interest.
All those wishing to apply for positions in the Trump-Pence Transition, Executive Office of the President, or a Federal Department, Agency or Commission should follow the instructions below:
- Complete the online application and submit it electronically. You will be notified electronically once your information has been received. A record of your application will be maintained while the President is in office, and you will be considered for the position(s) or subject area(s) which you have expressed interest in whenever openings occur.
- You will be asked fill out a Personal Data Statement if you are considered for a specific position. You will be asked about possible conflicts of interest deriving from your sources of income; all aspects of your personal and professional life, including organization which you belong or once belonged; speeches you may have given and books, articles and editorials you may have written; legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings to which you may have been a party; in short, anything that might embarrass the President or you if he should choose you for a position in his administration.
- If you are considered for a nomination by the President Elect, you will be asked to complete FBI and financial disclosure forms for review and consideration. The types of forms you may be required to fill out are as follows: for National Security Positions (SF86) and for higher-level positions, the financial disclosure form, (SF278). Most appointees are required to file financial disclosure statements annually during their term of service.
- If Senate confirmation is required for the position you are nominated for, the Senate committee that reviews those nominations may ask you to provide additional information.
One should assume that all the information provided during this process is ultimately subject to public disclosure, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
I have helped numerous folks apply for political jobs during the last 3 elections, and would be pleased to see if I can help you with this transition. Please contact me at www.robinresumes.com today – time is short to apply.
The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) define the competencies to build a Federal corporate culture to drive for results, serve customers and build successful teams and coalitions with and outside the organization.
Typically, candidates applying for Senior Executive Service (SES) jobs must address these core competencies in their resumes and in addition through 5 separate ECQ statements (essays). These essays are 1-2 pages each – but they also may be included just in a resume.
Note, they must be written powerfully and show how you applied leadership to achieve something important to address each competency. You cannot reuse examples in your ECQs.
There are 5 ECQ essays to be written:
ECQ 1 – Leading Change
ECQ 2 – Leading People
ECQ 3 – Results Driven
ECQ 4 – Business Acumen
ECQ 5 – Building coalitions
Each ECQ must address the subject of the ECQ and the competencies under each ECQ. In addition, SES candidates must show the following Fundamental Competencies:
Competencies are the personal and professional attributes that are critical to successful performance in the SES. The fundamental competencies are the attributes that serve as the foundation for each of the Executive Core Qualifications. Experience and training that strengthen and demonstrate the competencies will enhance a candidate’s overall qualifications for the SES.
Definition: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.
Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience.
Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
Public Service Motivation: Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
More information on each ECQ is below. The competencies under each ECQ need to be addressed in the ECQ essays:
ECQ 1: Leading Change
Definition: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.
External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.
Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
Strategic Thinking : Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.
ECQ 2: Leading People
Definition: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
Leveraging Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
Developing Others: Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
ECQ 3: Results Driven
Definition: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
Entrepreneurship: Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization by developing or improving products or services. Takes calculated risks to accomplish organizational objectives.
Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations and policies related to specialized expertise.
ECQ 4: Business Acumen
Definition: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
Financial Management: Understands the organization’s financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
Human Capital Management: Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.
Technology Management: Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions
Definition: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Partnering: Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
Political Savvy: Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.
Influencing/Negotiating: Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
Robin’s Resumes® writes ECQ statements using examples to show how you uniquely add value.
Applying for a job with a federal government agency or office is quite different from applying for a job with a private company.
The federal resume, in most cases, will be considerably longer than the resume you would send to a private company, in part because of the added information the federal government wants, including detailed contact information for each company you worked for and your supervisors, hours worked each week, and salary. There may also be considerable duplication because of the need to meet every application requirement. You must address every single question you are asked in the Online Questionnaire in your resume, or your score will most likely be lowered.
Furthermore, you cannot omit any of the information requested in the application requirements; if you do, your application will be rejected.
In addition to a resume, a federal job posting may require KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities statements), ESQ (executive core qualifications) essays and other highly structured materials.
For more information and examples, please visit the Robin’s Resumes® website. With decades of experience preparing resumes for federal job applicants, I will be happy to help you in your quest for a government job.
As a professional resume writer, I am often asked the following questions:
Q. Everyone these days knows Microsoft Office. Should I mention Microsoft Office on my resume?
A. While Microsoft Office skills are common, some job postings and advertisements specify that the candidate must know Microsoft Office. You should definitely list Microsoft Office when the skill is required and should consider keeping it on your resume just in case. In addition, skill in some Microsoft products (such as Visio, Access, Publisher, and Project) is considered a bonus by many employers.
Q. If I’ve taken course work but not completed a degree, should I list the courses on my resume?
A. If your course work is related to or required by the job you are applying for, you should definitely list it. You may list the course work under Education or Professional Development, and/or as part of your Summary. Please contact me if you need help deciding how to handle course work on your resume.
Q. I can’t find job postings in my field at my level. What can I do?
A. It is time to network in person and to make sure your LinkedIn profile and other online information is properly supporting your job search. As a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) as well as a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I can help you with both your LinkedIn profile and with job search strategies.
Q. Can I use the same resume to apply for both civilian and government jobs?
A. Resume requirements for government jobs are very different from those for civilian jobs. For example, you must supply your social security number on federal resumes—but never on civilian resumes. Federal resumes follow a format that is much more complex than the format for civilian resumes. You may need a Certified Federal Resume Writer like me to guide you in applying for a government position.
Are you still concerned about your resume? Contact me today.