Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellow Application Deadline 9/15/14

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We just received the following information from the VA Office of Economic Opportunity for veterans who have or are obtaining their Master’s degree and are considering careers in diplomacy and international development:

From: “VA Office of Economic Opportunity” <>
Date: August 28, 2014 at 2:17:07 PM EDT
Subject: Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP)

Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,

This is a note for Veterans who have or are in a Master’s degree program.  If you are, or know of a Veteran who might qualify please read on.  This is a great opportunity.

In any event, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend with family and friends.

For Veterans who are considering careers in diplomacy and international development, I want to make you aware of a great opportunity for which you may be eligible. The U.S. Department of State has launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s Veterans and separating Servicemembers by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership.

They are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 class of VIP Fellows. The main focus of VIP is to build and deploy strategic partnerships between the U.S. government and the U.S. private sector to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for Veterans.

The VIP fellowship will include the following components:

  • Full-time employment beginning in Fall 2014 and lasting for one year
  • Responsibilities and compensation commensurate with a Master’s degree
  • Mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the year
  • Eligibility Requirements

VIP fellowships are only open to Veterans who:

  • Are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in the preferred fields of International Business, International Relations / Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related fields (this includes MPA, MPH, MPP, MBA, and JD degrees).
  • Completed a Master’s degree in the preferred or related fields listed above less than two years prior to applying for the fellowship (except for Veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, they will have up to six years after degree completion to apply).
  • Are able to obtain a Secret Level security clearance.
  • Provide a resume. Use your resume to highlight your education, expertise, achievements and honors, extracurricular activities / community service, and any leadership experience. The resume should not exceed two pages.
  • Criteria include outstanding leadership and life experience, as well as excellence in academic, cross-cultural and communication skills.
  • To be considered, an applicant’s cumulative GPA for the Master’s degree should be 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to be a VIP Fellow, please submit your resume to Subject to funding and further arrangements, the application deadline is currently September 15, 2014, with participants beginning their fellowship in Fall 2014. Please refer to and @vipfellowship for further information and updates.

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!


The deadlines on vacancy announcements are getting shorter and shorter.

I was quoted in this Baltimore Sun article about the new shorter-than-ever USAJOBS announcement deadlines and low application limits. From the article: “Troutman, whose firm offers federal job coaching and resume-writing services, reviewed the federal government’s online job portal and found applicant limits ranging from 15 to 300. Most fell in the 50-to-100 range.”

The vacancy announcements with low application limits have been known to close within hours!

What Does This Mean for You?

If you are thinking about applying for federal jobs, you MUST get the resume written ahead of time. You will not have enough time to find the perfect announcement and then write your resume.

Instead, we recommend that you first draft your resume towards a particular job series. That way, when your ideal job announcement comes out, the resume can be quickly made read for submission by picking up the specific keywords from the announcement.

Federal Job Search Process, BEFORE:

  • Search USAJOBS for a perfect job announcement that usually closes 2 weeks out.
  • Write your federal resume (a 5 to 7 hour project for our professional resume writers) and submit your application.

Federal Job Search Process, NOW:

  • Write your federal resume towards a job series.
  • Find the perfect USAJOBS job announcement.
  • Include keywords from the resume into your base draft and submit your application (1-2 hours).

How Do You Write a Resume Towards a Job Series?

The OPM Classification Standards provide the basic job description for each federal job series. It is the baseline for USAJOBS announcements, so we first use the OPM Classification Standards as the guide for creating our basic resume draft. We can find the keywords and the basic required knowledge, skills, and abilities from these standards.

The standards are available on the OPM website:


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If you are a Senior Executive Service candidate, please allow four weeks to complete your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and/or executive federal resume.

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Kathryn Troutman is known as the Federal Resume Guru and is the developer of the Ten Steps to a Federal Job®. She teaches hundreds of career counselors each year about her highly acclaimed methods of federal job search and has published dozens of titles, including the recent award-winning Student’s Federal Career Guide 3rd Edition.