ALJ Webinar


Congratulations to those invited to take the
2017 ALJ Examination!

Many candidates are now seeking support as they prepare for the ALJ exam or need to improve their resumes for eventual submission to SSA and other agencies. Others need help with their applications to become federal Immigration Judges.


ALJ Writing Guide, plus 90-min Video Webinar, "Preparing for the 2017 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Exam and Immigration Judge (IJ) Announcement", and additional templates and supporting materials: $259.00
90 minutes with Nicole Schultheis reviewing the ALJ application process and ensuing exam, the 13 ALJ Competencies plus definitions; the Immigration Judge application process; how to write accomplishment narratives for one or both positions; and tips for writing your ALJ or IJ Federal Resume. © 2017, Resume Place, Inc.

Order Webinar Package Now:

  • ALJ Writing Guide Book + Recorded Webinar Package
    Price: $259.00 

The 2017 ALJ / IJ Webinar provides:

  • Potential ALJ and IJ candidates with the know-how to write a solid 3 to 5 page Federal Attorney resume
  • How to prepare a written record of qualifying litigation and administrative law experience.
  • The basics of writing accomplishment narratives for the competencies
  • Lessons on accomplishment writing that can solidify your chances of competing effectively throughout
  • Most importantly: prepare effectively for the ALJ exam—all the way through to the structured interview.

Webinar Agenda

  • Preparing for the 2017 ALJ Exam and/or IJ Application
  • About Federal ALJs & IJs and What they do
  • ALJ Numbers, Hiring Agencies & SSA Hiring Needs
  • IJ Hiring Process, IJ hiring Needs and Goals
  • Federal ALJ & IJ Hiring Practices & Hiring Preferences
  • Minimum Qualifications to become a federal ALJ – compare to IJ
  • ALJ Application Components: Outline Format Resume & Qualifications Narratives
  • Optional Listing of Significant Cases
  • IJ Application Components & Substantive Narratives
  • Veterans’ Preferences Documentation & Schedule A
  • Online Testing Components & Narrative Writing
  • Proctored & In-Person Components
  • ALJ Competencies, Accomplishment Writing and its Role in hiring ALJs and IJs
  • Pre-Application Tips & Your USAJOBS Account
  • How to Use the ALJ Writing Guide, 2nd Edition

SUPPORTING MATERIALS (20+ additional documents and curated resources):

Resume Place Materials:

  • Our Webinar Slides
  • The ALJ Competencies Worksheet – a template with definitions of the 13 ALJ competencies and prompts to create your own CCAR Accomplishment stories.
  • Sample CCARs from other ALJ candidates (anonymized)
  • Sample formatted, editable resume, adapted from a successful ALJ candidate
  • A Sample Optional Case Listing using the format OPM prescribes.

Also includes curated Public Domain Materials from OPM and Other Archived Sources:

  • A copy of the 2017 ALJ announcement from
  • A full description of all parts of the ALJ Exam
  • A replica of the ALJ application questionnaire
  • The ALJ Position Description from the Social Security Administration
  • A Collection of Sample Situational Judgment Test Questions and Answers, including The FAMS Prep Guide (A Preparation Manual from the Federal Air Marshals which contains a sample Situational Judgment Test and Logic-Based Reasoning Test)
  • A Special Agent Test Battery from ICE with sample Logical Reasoning Test
  • MSPB Structured Interview – A Report to the President and Congress describing the elements of a Structured Interview, the interview process, sample questions and answers, and other structured interview resources – insightful for ALJ candidates
  • 2015 SSA Office of the Inspector General Audit Report, "The Social Security Administration’s Efforts to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog"
  • Becoming a U.S. Administrative Law Judge, by Hon. John C. Holmes (former chief administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of the Interior)
  • Administrative Law Judges: An Overview – A 14-page report prepared by the Congressional Research Service
  • Return to Rule of Law in Trump Administration Marked by Increase in Key Immigration Statistics Department of Justice August 17, 2017 statement addressing the pace of Immigration Judge hiring
  • Several more resources on judicial temperament, decision making, and other subjects

Who Should Purchase:

  • Private legal practitioners with litigation experience
  • Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Attorney-Advisors
  • County and State Magistrates
  • Immigration Attorneys
  • Corporate Attorneys
  • Government Agency Attorney-Advisors

Instructor: Nicole Schultheis

Nicole Schultheis has helped hundreds of attorneys and other senior candidates compete successfully for federal positions. In addition to Administrative Law Judge candidates, she has helped aspiring Administrative Judges, Hearing Officers, Immigration Judges and Administrative Patent Judges. She has supported legal and law enforcement candidates at the Department of Justice, FBI, ICE, CBP, DHS, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Defense, as well as applicants to numerous agency Offices of General Counsel, Inspectors General, and Legislative Counsel offices.