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Old 12-29-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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Hi! Just wondering, did you use a professional federal resume writing service to help you write your resume? I am curious as to whether this is worth the money or not. Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Hi! Just wondering, did you use a professional federal resume writing service to help you write your resume? I am curious as to whether this is worth the money or not. Thanks!
Hell, no. Save your money! The OPM fill-in resume builder is tedious, but once you get it done, it's easy to update.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:16 PM
 
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Nope.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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I sure did
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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No, I didn't, but if you aren't confident in writing your resume I would do it. My husband had a wonderful resume written by a resume company for him.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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http://www.amazon.com/Federal-Resume-Guidebook-Strategies-Writing/dp/1593578504/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325306879&sr=8-1

I used the author's company a few years ago and wasn't overly impressed. The book is pretty good though.

Check out career columns on sites like Federal Times, Federal News Radio etc.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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i never did.
please be advised that those jobs can be very picky and there is alota preselection. many OPM positions are just going thru the motions for job promotion from within. they need 3 applicants not real job seekers. also recent mandated laws require the hiring of returning vets 1st or their spouses--- not just points added for veterans back in clinton's time they gave 1st shot at fed jobs to veterans coming from closed bases. leap frog laws having terrible effect on civil service system. lots of OPM hanky panky.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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http://www.amazon.com/Federal-Resume-Guidebook-Strategies-Writing/dp/1593578504/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325306879&sr=8-1

I used the author's company a few years ago and wasn't overly impressed. The book is pretty good though.

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That book gets many middling and poor Amazon reviews due to it trying to sell the author's services and not covering as much as it should. What gets better reviews is "How To Land a Top Paying Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Résumés and Cover Letters, Application Essays (KSAs), Interview, Salaries, Promotions, and More!" by Lily Whiteman.

ISBN-13: 978-0-8144-0172-9 ISBN-10: 0-8144-0172-4

I based my lengthy government CV on the stuff in the Federal Resume Guidebook and achieved 98s to 100s, but since I'm not a veteran, I'm pretty much screwed via the application process since I miss out on those 10 points, so I don't bother applying anymore. I'm likely more qualified than many vets who apply, but they get preferential treatment.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:05 PM
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I sure did
I would love to know who you used if you are happy with their work. Thanks!

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No, I didn't, but if you aren't confident in writing your resume I would do it. My husband had a wonderful resume written by a resume company for him.
I would love to know who you used to write your resume. My husband is a soon-to-be MBA grad at NC State and needs a professional resume writing service. Thanks! (Also, we lived in Alpharetta and then Cumming for 3 years and we're also "missing Atlanta." Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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No.

usajobs.gov resume builder.

The reason I recommend this is because you're competing with internal posters on a scale of 10 to 1 or more. The resume format offered is what they're used to seeing, so your odds of being mistaken as an internal increase. The secret to Federal employment is no secret. It's a two part game.

1. Applying.

You apply for every single job that you may or may not quality for. It's a quantity and time race. You apply like a crazy SOB and then wait and wait and wait.

2. Choose lower grades. The reason we choose to work for the government is simple. We choose less stress and job security over higher income. I know you have a PhD or an MA or an MS or JD. As do we all. But to get in where you want to be, you start at the bottom like any other career path. You apply for the GS5-9.


Getting referred into a job is only 5% of the waiting process. 85% is clearance for your first job. And 10% is Vermont just not doing the paperwork timely.

Good luck!

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