- 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.