2020 In-Person Program Curriculum and Agenda

Curriculum based on the
Jobseeker's Guide 8th Edition

Pre-Course Activities

  • Find your own resume and update the resume with your last position
  • YOUR resume will be updated / analyzed during this training
  • Get ready to BRING a print copy of YOUR resume to the class for all days
  • Set up and become familiar with a USAJOBS account
  • Add your resume or a virtual client's resume into the USAJOBS builder
  • Get ready to bring your own laptop if the training is not in a computer room

Day 1 – Ten Steps to a Federal Job®
Overview and Activities

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Based on the PowerPoint Presentation for the Jobseeker's Guide 5th Ed.

Opening Questions

  • What is the biggest challenge that you face when teaching or coaching federal job search?
  • What is your greatest fear of teaching or coaching federal job search?

Introduction / Warm-Up Activities

  • How many “hats” that you wear at work?
  • Write an important accomplishment and share with your classmates

Ten Steps to a Federal Job® - 8th Edition, updated Feb, 2017

  • STEP 1: Review the Federal Job Search
    Activity: Search the Occupational Standards for a popular series from your classes or clients
  • STEP 2: Network – Who Do You Know?
    Activity: Practice the Job Fair Script
    New: Non-competitive hiring program networking techniques!
  • STEP 3: Research Vacancy Announcements on USAJOBS
    New: Search for competitive and con-competitive jobs; new search techniques
    New: Understand how Veteran's Preference is applied to USAJOBS announcements
  • STEP 4: Analyze Vacancy Announcements for Keywords
    Activity: Find keywords for the Outline Format federal resume
  • STEP 5: Analyze Your Core Competencies
    New: Understand core competencies - more important than ever!
  • STEP 6: Write Your Outline Format and Paper Federal Resume
    Activity: Look at your own USAJOBS resume builder and consider what needs to be done to improve the resume with the Outline Format.
  • STEP 7: KSAs, Accomplishments, and Questionnaires
    Activity: Look for an announcement with KSAS and compare with the Questionnaire
  • STEP 8: Apply for Jobs with USAJOBS
    Activity: Start to apply for a federal job
  • STEP 9: Track and Follow Up on Your Applications
    Activity: Follow up on Notice of Results for a virtual client
  • STEP 10: Interview for a Federal Job
    Activity: Practice one accomplishment for the Behavior-Based Interview
    New: Negotiation techniques for federal jobs

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Day 2 - Federal Hiring ... Veteran and Other Hiring Programs ... Who May Apply ... How to Get Best Qualified

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Charles Clark, Human Resources and Veterans Program Presenter

Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW)
Veterans' Preference and Category Rating

  • Qualifications/Specialized Experience
  • 5 point/10 point/30% vet--Which am I?

Veterans Equal Opportunity Act (VEOA)
Intern Programs for Veterans

  • Pathways
  • Recent Graduates

Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities for Veterans

  • Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
  • 30% Disabled Veterans Authority
  • Schedule A – Disabled Individuals Authority
  • Veterans Program Managers/Selective Placement Coordinators

Coaching Strategies for Jobseekers: Practical Application -
Announcement and Resume Analysis - Who May Apply Activities

  • Veterans’ Preference, Schedule A, Pathways
  • Case studies of resumes, special hiring program applicants and announcements
  • Who May Apply?
  • If you are qualified, how to get best qualified with the resume? What's missing?
  • One Year Specialized Lessons

The Stars Are Lined Up for Military Spouses™ - All New

  • Priority Placement Program - Spouses is OVER (as of July 1, 2018)
    Read more about the end of PPP-S »
  • This new STARS edition will teach spouses how to apply for
    "Federal employee / Competitive" positionswith Executive Order 13473.
  • Program S for Military Spouses – How to register
  • Introduction to Option Codes for the Priority Placement Program Registry
  • Narrative resume writing for successful scoring of resumes for Program S

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Day 3 – Federal Resume Coaching and Reviews and Practicing the Ten Steps to a Federal Job®

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Federal Resume Writing Case Studies
Role-Playing - Resume Coaching, Homework Assignments for the Client

  • Class activity: Review and discuss before-and- after case studies with target announcement research and analysis, keyword development, and "homework" assigned for the client's development of their federal resume. The objective is to coach the client to write their own resume and teach them how to match the resume to a specific USAJOBS announcement.

Practice Teaching: Ten Steps to a Federal Job® (Class Activity)

  • Participants will teach one step in the class in a 90 minute version of the Ten Steps curriculum.
    This is invaluable practice session for future Ten Steps instructors!

Wrap Up & Certification

  • Examination & Evaluation
  • Certification & Logo Agreements
  • Presentation of Certificates
  • Summary & Closing Notes

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Ten Steps Federal Job

Trainer / Coach Certification