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  • The Star Spangled Banner KSA Accomplishment Revisited

    In keeping with our annual Independence Day tradition, we are celebrating the Fourth of July by bringing back our favorite blog about the Star Spangled Banner. On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was on a ship eight miles down the Patapsco River (near the Key Bridge today). He had been sitting out there watching the bombardment of the British

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  • Inspiration from the Star Spangled Banner

    Reposted from June, 2012 Can your spirits be raised to write a better resume by thinking about the morning that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “Defence of Ft. McHenry” that became the National Anthem? (Mr. Key’s accomplishment would make a great KSA for Ability to Write!) Read his “Star Spangled” KSA » On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key

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  • Inspiration from the Star Spangled Banner

    Can your spirits be raised to write a better resume by thinking about the morning that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “Defence of Ft. McHenry” that became the National Anthem? (Mr. Key’s accomplishment would make a great KSA for Ability to Write!)   Read his “Star Spangled” KSA On September 14, 1814. Francis Scott Key was on a ship eight miles

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  • 10 Big Mistakes Vets Make Applying to Federal Jobs

                Leaving a military career after 5, 10, or 20 years is traumatic. The career transition out of military is difficult no matter what your rank. The good news is that the federal government is basically just “the other side of the desk.” You’re going to take the “hands-on” skills and technical training from your

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  • Jack of All Trades? One Resume or Several?

    Many long-time federal employees struggle with focusing their federal resume when they are seeking new positions or promotions. After 10 or 20 years, a typical federal employee has worn at least 4 to 6 “hats” and can be qualified for several different occupational series. The goal is to be deemed “best qualified” to be referred to a supervisor and invited

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  • Top Five Reasons to Apply for a Government Job Today

    The federal hiring process has changed — for the better! The written Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) narratives are 95 percent gone, so applying consists of posting a USAJOBS resume and completing a multiple-choice questionnaire. The application process is still complicated, but if you can play poker, golf, bridge, monopoly, or another game with complex instructions and a little strategic

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  • Star-Spangled Banner: Classic KSA

    Long KSA narratives may be on the way out, but this KSA written by Kathryn Troutman is a Fourth of July classic! This KSA features the Context, Challenge, Action, Results (CCAR) format preferred by federal human resources specialists. See our free KSA CCAR Builder to create your KSAs in the CCAR format. Read the original blog with the historical background

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  • Marking the One Year Anniversary of Federal Hiring Reform, Kathryn Troutman, "Federal Resume Guru" and President of The Resume Place, Addresses the Great KSA Debate

    REGISTER FOR KATHRYN TROUTMAN’S HIRING REFORM WEBINAR ON JUNE 3, 2011! One year ago, John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and President Obama made bold moves to improve the application process for federal jobseekers by eliminating the dreaded Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) narratives from federal applications. Kathryn Troutman and The Resume Place, the leading experts

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  • 5 Tips for Writing a PPP Federal Resume for BRAC Affected Federal Workers

    For federal workers affected by Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC), the Priority Placement Program (PPP) provides career transition assistance. The PPP is a 45-year old career transition assistance service that retains and reassigns federal workers to relevant positions if a worker is unable to relocate to a new agency location or the position is eliminated. The PPP has proven effective

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