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The March 5, 2013 ALJ Announcement required applicants to submit a federal resume (which is typically 4-6 pages long), and answer multiple choice and qualifying questions, including TWO qualifications narratives. Upon filing, the application staus convverts “Complete” as soon as your resume has scanned and your qusitonnaire is submitted. The application will then be reported as “Pending HR Review.” Only after your qualifications pass HR review will you be invited to proceed with the Online part of the process.
The online component has THREE parts: a Situational Judgment Text, A Writing Sample, and an Experience Assessment. The first two parts are timed. The third part, which is not timed, includes both multiple-choice questions and opportunities to submit narratives addressing some or all of the 13 Competencies. These include: Decision Making, Interpersonal Skills, Judicial Analysis, Judicial Decisiveness, Judicial Management, Judicial Temperament, Litigation and Courtroom Competence, Oral Communication, Problem Solving, Professionalism, Reasoning, Self-Management, and Writing. The narrative part of the questionnaire will invite you to provide summaries and/or examples from your experience to demonstrate your competence in these 13 areas. Contrary to what you might expect, not all of your examples need to be from your legal experience. Other parts of your community and life experience can be used effectively. Have you served on a board or commission? Made critical decisions as part of a review panel? Published a written work that was persuasive and well received? It’s all relevant and potentially persuasive.
Learn how to write your Accomplishment Record in the format deemed essential by OPM: Context-Challenge-Action-Results (CCAR).
The typical Federal resume is more detailed than a private practice resume or the one you used to apply for a state or local government job. Most private practice resumes are two-to-three pages long and do not provide much detail beyond identifying the type of work and the names of the firms or other employers. The federal resume is very different, and contains substantially more information. Among other things, your current position, and the past two positions should be described in much greater detail, by job function, highlighting those that speak to the competencies addressed in the ALJ announcement.
Key words and phrases are taken from the announcement itself – they highlight your skills and qualifications essential for the job. They can be found right in the announcement and assessment questions. Because the applications are rated by Human Resources professionals and not fellow attorneys (nor ALJs), your use of these key words is critical. It is your job to show reviewers how your work experience addressed ALL the critical criteria.
The Resume Place, Inc. provides expert writing, editing and consulting services to support both SES and ALJ candidates. Our services fall within required ethical bounds for completing these applications. We work with clients to draft and edit a comprehensive federal resume, and to both think and write about their professional accomplishments with confidence and candor. Your responses to the competency questions will be based on your own work product, improved by our coaching and the insights you’ll gain through the support we provide. Our work is acceptable to OPM and federal human resources, based on our many years’ experience providing services to individuals hired into SES and ALJ positions. As a proven trainer, The Resume Place has been hired repeatedly by government agencies to train federal job seekers, provide application coaching, and polish executive writing so that it complies fully with the requirements of federal job applications.
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