Office of Personnel Management

Free Virtual Training Sessions For Students and Recent Graduates

Have you been thinking about applying for employment with the Federal Government? Would you like guidance from experts on how to get a Federal job? Join the staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), for a series of in-depth briefings designed to assist those seeking jobs with the Federal Government.
To find out more or to register, click on the event:
The sessions are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Federal hiring process; however, registration for each event will be limited to 1500 attendees. There are no costs for these sessions and, because they are virtual (online), you can participate from any location provided you have an Internet connection.

Explanation of the presentations:
• Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government (Navigating USAJOBS) (1.5 hrs): This free online virtual presentation provides an overview of USAJOBS, the official website for Federal Government employment. The briefing provides a step-by-step process that covers; creating your account and profile, managing your account, searching for Federal jobs and maximizing search results, reviewing Job Opportunity Announcements, submitting your applications, and following up on your application status.

• Writing Your Federal Resume (1.5 hrs): This presentation explains each section of the Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) in an effort to better inform applicants and to assist them in selecting the right job. The presentation highlights a three part process to assist applicants in writing their Federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real JOA and walked through reviewing the JOA to determine qualifications and interest, identifying the important requirements and then tailoring their resumes with that JOA. Lastly, it will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on USAJOBS.

• Interviewing (1 hr): This presentation introduces the audience to the interview process within the Federal government. It explains the types of interviews (structured/unstructured), different delivery methods, types of common questions, responding utilizing the S.T.A.R (Situation/Task, Action, Result) method and how to also prepare for an interview.

• Pathways Programs – Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates into Federal Careers (1 hr): A focused presentation that introduces the audience to the Pathways Programs (Internships, Recent Graduates and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)). Information presented covers what each program offers to the job seeker, the basic requirements and employment potential after each program is complete.

To register for a class, click the link below:
Finding and Applying for Jobs in the Federal Government (Navigating USAJOBS)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Writing Your Federal Resume
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EST)
Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Interviewing Techniques
Monday, February 5, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

Pathways Programs – Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates into Federal Careers
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

Our website has many additional tools and resources that you may be interested in such as:
1) Federal Occupations Toolkit – This tool helps the user see all of the various types of jobs in the Federal Government, defines each one of them, and provides a quick search on USAJOBS to see what it currently available.
2) Interns and Recent Graduates – This page gives the user information about the Pathways Programs, for students and recent graduates, and attempts to answer questions concerning the eligibility, program administration, training and development, program completion and additional resources.
3) Applicant Tools and Resources – This section offers short informational videos to answer questions we routinely receive concerning the Federal hiring process, and additional documents to assist the job seeker when applying for a Federal job.

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