- Find out the qualifications for the job(s) in which you are interested. Then make sure you meet or exceed them. Job descriptions (which you can view on-line or request from HR) list the qualifications in detail; so do job announcements.
- Prepare one or more federal résumés that highlight your qualifications, abilities and results. FEDweek’s book The Complete Guide to Writing a Federal Resume is a good place to get advice that will make your résumé stand out from the crowd. These days, “résumé” may mean “on-line application”. The skills that help you develop a good résumé; help you with your applications as well.
- Get yourself noticed in your current job. Many agencies have internal promotion procedures that place an emphasis on your current performance.
If you’re a manager, executive or human resources specialist who is concerned about finding replacements for those employees in your agency who you expect to retire, you may wish to start a career development program in your agency, office or group.
Managers have an important role and responsibility in the development of new talent. A career development program can help you fulfill that role.
John Grobe’s latest book, The Answer Book on Your Federal Employee Benefits, has just been released by LRP Publications. The book is written in an easy to understand question and answer format and covers all areas of federal benefits from the perspective of an employee at various stages of their career. Order your copy at shoplrp.com.