Federal Resume Tips

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The Federal Resume can be a daunting task, but don’t be intimidated! The resume itself has all the basic elements of a Functional and Chronological, but it has more detail because you are applying for positions within the federal government. Before you begin, consider making an account on USAJOBS.com. Most government positions are housed on this website. As well, USAJOBS.com has a federal resume builder. This means no painful formatting on word! Rather, you can use this resume builder to walk you step-by-step through each part of the federal resume. Once you make it to this step, follow the tips below to create the best federal resume:

  • Detail, detail, detail! The federal resume is where you deviate from the bullet point format of the Function and Chronological resume. This is where you DO use paragraphs to describe your positions. You still want to use professional language and be concise, but also remember that the government loves detail.
  • Section Headers. Your paragraph descriptions should not just be one long paragraph. Instead, break up your position descriptions with headers, much like the skills and abilities sections in our Career Development Guide. These headers will depend on the type of positions you have held. Examples include Communication, Marketing, and Student Support.
  • Beef up your accomplishments. The government loves to hear about your achievements within each of your positions. Consider making a section called Additional Duties/Recognition (something along those lines) where you can talk about some of the “extras” of your position and your accomplishments.

Most importantly, don’t sell yourself short! Government positions are extremely competitive. The more time you spend perfecting your resume, the better it will be!

Happy resume building!

Until next time,

Keriann

 

Positive Workplace Relationships

Hey there Argos!

The workplace is where you will develop relationships with your boss, colleagues, clients, and business partners. Your personality and actions will be measured by others and will define what kinds of relationships you form. You are going to want to be polite, friendly, and professional. Most of the time, personal affiliations are purely platonic, but sometimes emotions can feel more intimate with co-workers.

Tips to develop a positive, professional relationship:

Do Not Gossip – Do not be that co-worker who enjoys hearing the workplace rumors or partakes in spreading rumors. No one appreciates their personal business being talked about behind closed doors. It makes work feel uncomfortable and is very unprofessional. Be wary of stories you tell about yourself as well, as they can lead to wrong impressions or a negative reputation.

Be Approachable – Talk to others, and be friendly. You want to be approachable so that others can seek your assistance if they need help. Having an intimidating persona can lead to awkward relationships and miscommunication. Keep in mind to stay professional. Maintaining an approachable yet professional persona is a plus for team collaborative efforts.

Be A Leader – Take on extra responsibilities where you can. Show initiative and leadership. If you would like to spearhead an operation, take that chance to do so. Being a leader is also knowing when to sit down, let someone else lead, and listen to others ideas. Know when to let others be a leader, and know when it is your turn to lead others.

Communicate – Let others know who you are. Open up to them, while still maintaining privacy. Many co-workers can become good friends. Be positive, and encourage others at work. Act supportive and be a team player. Communication is key to building positive workplace relationships. Good open channels of communication strengthens team work ethic, business partnerships, and staff relationships.

What About A Romantic Relationship? – Romantic relationships happen. Make sure you want a relationship with a co-worker before you decide to be in one. Emotions can run high in a stressful environment, and break ups could happen and create workplace awkwardness. Be certain that you can handle the consequences of a failed workplace relationship before deciding to involve yourself with a co-worker. While at work, you should keep things strictly professional.

Have a great week!

Meagan Adams

Oracle Resource Coach

The Importance of Informational Interviewing

Hey Argos!

What is informational interviewing?

Informational interviewing is a term created by Richard Nelson Bolles, published in his book, “What Color is Your Parachute?” According to Bolles, “The clearer your vision of what you seek, the closer you are to finding it. For what you are seeking is also seeking you.” Finding a starting point for job searching after graduation can be very difficult, many majors are so broad that they are filled with dozens of specializations creating the potential to work in numerous directions. For example, if you are a Public Relations major, you have the potential to work in Sports Public Relations, Non-profit Public Relations or even Military Public Relations. Informational interviewing is the process of meeting with an employer to learn more about their career field and job description, as well as duties, for different occupations.

Why is informational interviewing important?

Not only is informational interviewing a great way to narrow down the paths you are interested in professionally pursuing, but it is also an excellent way to network. Efficient networking is a key factor in successfully going from job seeker to a happily employed member of society. By taking the initiative to arrange an informational interview, you are displaying your sincere interest in the career field as well as creating an opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities. Informational interviewing also broadens the employer’s future employee search to include you, or possibly recommend you to a peer who may be hiring.

How can one go about obtaining an informational interview?

The first step to landing an informational interview is finding someone in the profession, or company you are interested in pursuing, and getting in touch with them. A great way to do this is by utilizing the Experiential Learning services at UWF’s Career Services office. One of the many resources available at Career Services is job shadowing, putting you in touch with a Pensacola professional in your area of interest, and allowing you to observe what they do. There are also informal ways of obtaining an informational interview, by attending networking events, like the Hospitality Internship & Job Fair on Feb 19th, or the upcoming Spring Career Showcase on March 3rd. Learn more about these events as well as other great opportunities on the UWF Career Services Website.

Once you have landed the informational interview, here are some great examples of questions to ask:

  1. Could you describe one of your typical workdays for me?
  2. What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
  3. What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
  4. What do find most enjoyable?
  5. Are there any negatives to your job?
  6. How many hours do you work in a typical week?
  7. Which seasons of the year are toughest in your job?
  8. How would you describe the corporate culture?

Have a great week!

Grace Tennyson

Ethics in the Workplace

Hey Argos!

What is the need for ethics in the workplace?

If your workplace lacks ethical standards, your employer risks losing valuable employees and customers and possibly more. One of the first steps when looking into ethics of your workplace is to know some generic misconduct rules that should be followed. It’s also important to know what constitutes misconduct, some of the primary forms of employee misconduct or unethical behavior include the following:

◆ Misrepresenting time or hours worked;

◆ Lying to supervisors

◆ Lying to co-workers, customers, vendors, or the public

◆ Misuse of your employer’s assets

◆ Lying on reports or falsifying records

One of the most important ethical considerations is possible harassment. Harassment of any sort is a violation of your employer’s ethics policy and may also violate federal law. Illegal harassment can be based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or age. The biggest issue with harassment is due to generational difference. With different generations of people working in the same place, there is a melting pot of morals and backgrounds that may clash. What may seem okay to someone in their 20s may be extremely offensive to someone in their 50s.  It’s important to remember to always consider the thoughts and feelings of other members of the workplace before doing something that may seem questionable.

Have a great week!

Joe Mays

New Year, New You: Professionalism in the Workplace

Professionalism in the workplace

Hey Argos!

As we get into the new year, some of you may be starting new jobs and internships. Whether you find yourself in a new position, or the same one, it’s wise to update yourself on professionalism in the workplace so that you start off on the right foot, and, give yourself an advantage in your current job. Here are ten tips to help you navigate the workplace professionally:

1. Be on time

It sounds simple, but it matters. Show up a few minutes early, and don’t skip out just because no one is watching.

2. Become a resource

Stay on top of news within your company/office. Memos, upcoming events, new initiatives etc. This will set you apart from other employees.

3. Avoid office gossip

It’s easy to chat about your coworker’s drama with your office friends, but try and avoid this. Though it may not be your intention, this can backfire and damage your reputation.

4. Dress professionally

Again, self-explanatory. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

5. Show respect

This is all about common courtesy. If you say you’ll cover their shift or send that memo, do it.

6. Always follow policies

Following policy simplifies things for you and for your coworkers. It makes it easy to back up what you have said or done, and it helps you do your task right the first time.

7. Get your job done

This is along the same lines as respect. If you are assigned a task, do it efficiently and correctly. People notice.

8. Carry a notepad

If your boss asks you to do something, it’s always good to take notes so that you don’t forget about it. This can also be helpful for meetings, so that you don’t have to ask twice about something that was already covered in detail.

9. Ask questions.

Asking questions helps you not only do things right the first time, but also shows that you care about your position.

10. Look forward to each day

Having a good attitude is key. You could do tips 1-9 and still be passed over for that promotion if you don’t show passion and enthusiasm, no matter what position you are in.

 

Until next time,

Keriann

 

Internships & CoOps!

Internships

Hello fellow Argonauts!

This week, fellow UWF student, Ms. Rucker, shares her internship experiences and provides some tips to help you prepare for your Internship/Co-Op.

Ms. Rucker is a senior pursuing a Social Work degree with a minor in Child Welfare. She has always known that she wanted to go into a profession where she could help people in a variety of ways. Social work allows her to have the ability to work with all of her passions, ranging from children in foster care to individuals struggling with mental illness. She said, “I love working with people and whenever I’m not, you can find me in the gym or online looking at quotes (I’m addicted to quotes).” Rucker hopes to get her Master degree in Social Work and become a clinical social worker. Later, Rucker hopes to attain her Ed.D and teach at a college. She goes on to say that “as long as I’m helping people, I would be fine with any career path.”

Rucker is currently serving as an intern at the Santa Rosa Kid’s House in Milton, Florida, where she assists with advocating for victims and spreading awareness about child abuse. Rucker was familiar with the local children’s advocacy center, the Gulf Coast Kid’s House, through her sorority, Kappa Delta, as it is one of the local philanthropies. She goes on to say, “I told my BSW instructor about my passion for the GCKH and that’s how I ended up at Santa Rosa Kid’s House.

To prepare for her internship, she met with Katie Hudon in the Career Services department and got her resume reviewed. She then restructured her schedule to be able to commit time to her internship. Rucker says, “I would encourage everyone to do an internship in one or many areas that they may be interested in learning more about. Internships give you experiences and life lessons that you are able to apply not only in your professional life, but also in your personal life. I know I will grow not only as a professional but as a person by the time I finish my internship.”

If you are interested in doing an Internship for Co-Op, come schedule an appointment with Career Services! We would love to help you succeed in landing your dream internship. We are located in Building 19, next to the Commons.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Allee Millsap

Congratulations, Graduates!

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Congratulations, soon to be grads!

You’ve finally made it. All of those late nights, fueled by endless cups of coffee, have paid off! Soon you will be in the real world and may be asking yourself…now what? Many of you will start, or may have already started, the infamous post-grad job search. What you may not know is that networking can be your most powerful job search strategy. In fact, statistics show that people find their careers through networking approximately 70% of the time! How can networking work for you? Below are some tips:

  • Know what you want: Be specific! You will find better connections, and make a more lasting impression, if you have clear goals.
  • Be assertive: Confidence is key. The job market is a competitive place, so don’t be afraid to promote your skills that set you a part from the competition.
  • Don’t ask for jobs: If you are interested in a company, don’t ask if there are jobs available; this makes it easy for the employer to say no. Instead, ask for advice. You can send the employer an email stating your interest in their field, and request a phone call or an in person meeting to discuss your interest and how to break into that field.
  • Pack your marketing materials: Make sure you have your professional networking materials with you! Have an up-to-date resume and business card, and don’t forget to follow-up with a thank you card.
  • Don’t forget your current network: Keep in touch with former professors, bosses, or even family members. There may come a time when you will need a recommendation letter, or someone from your past may be able to connect you with an employer.
  • Use social media as a networking tool: You have heard this before but I’ll say it again…social media is a great tool for networking! LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, the list goes on. Maintaining a professional presence that clearly states your career intentions will pay off in the end.

There you have it! Thanks for reading, and best of luck to you in your future career!

Until next time,

Keriann

Professional Dress

MEN

General Tips

  • Well-groomed hair and facial hair
  • Well brushed teeth and clean, fresh breathe, BUT
  • NO gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth during the interview
  • No visible body piercings
  • Minimal cologne
  • No body odor

Business Casual

  • Nice slacks or khakis
  • Nice, clean, ironed button up or polo
  • Blazer optional

Business Professional

  • Clean, well-fit 2 piece suit in navy, black, or charcoal
  • Pressed, white dress shirt
  • Tie with a simple pattern or solid color that matches the suit
  • Dress shoes, high dark socks, and a leather belt.

WOMEN

General Tips

  • Well-groomed hair style
  • Well brushed teeth and clean, fresh breathe, BUT
  • NO gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth during the interview
  • Cleaned and trimmed fingernails
  • Conservative ear piercings
  • Minimal jewelry
  • No high heels (above 6 in.)
  • Skirts worn should fall at or below the knee
  • Minimal perfume
  • No body odor

Business Casual

  • Nice slacks, black pants or khakis
  • Skirts and dresses may be appropriate
  • Make sure clothes are not too tight or revealing

Business Professional

  • Clean, well-fit 2 piece suit in navy, black, or charcoal
  • White or light-colored long sleeve blouse (all buttons buttoned)
  • Dark shoes with a low heal
  • Wear appropriate undergarments

And don’t forget Career Services is here to help! Review the Career Development Guide online at www.uwf.edu/career.

Go Argos!

Anthony Provost

When Shadows Become Real

Benefits to job-shadowing

  • Let’s you test out a career without a lasting commitment
    • You want a job in which you enjoy the “typical day” and shadowing is a great way to test that.
  • Directly helps you build new skills in the field of work
    • While shadowing, you will be helping with the “typical day” work and possible unique projects as well. These will develop skills that directly apply to the field and make you more qualified and prepared for a job.
  • Helps you have a better interview
    • You are more educated on the ins and outs of the job, allowing you to have a more in depth and intelligent interview.
  • Builds a strong network in that field
    • While shadowing, you will undoubtedly be meeting influential people.
  • Vastly improves your resume
    • Shadowing helps you tailor your resume to that job on a different level. You will know keywords and skills the employers are searching for.

Joseph Mays

Oracle Resource Coach

Are you having trouble deciding on a major or career path? Look no further, Career Services is here to help!

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Hello, Argos!

Many students, including myself, are trying to be all that we can be in life; and to do that we try to find our meaning and our purpose. I would argue that this is the most important aspect in one’s life. Deciding on a career path can be a daunting task. That is why Career Services offers a vast amount of tools and resources to help you plan and choose your major and career path. Below are a few of the many resources we offer to you:

Career Services offers:

  1. Career & Major Coaching – help students explore majors and career options available to them. Career coaching is designed to help students who would like to explore careers within their field of study, while major coaching assists student in researching fields of study they may be interested in pursuing.
  2. My Plan – online resource for students to find out what major may be right for them. The website offers students an online personality test to see what they enjoy and will showcase jobs related to their scores. Also, My Plan shows students what they can do with their majors as a career. You can access my plan by logging into “My UWF,” and in the search bar type “JasonQuest.” Once directed to JasonQuest on the left side bar click “Resources” and you will see My Plan offered. Or, CLICK HERE!
  3. VIPS – the first question that should come to mind is “What are VIPS, and why they are important to career planning?” VIPS stands for: Values, Interest, Personality, and Skills. VIPS is important because when your work aligns with your VIPS, you are more likely to find satisfaction in your work. Approximately 1/3 of your life will be spent working so job satisfaction is crucial.

Values – your values define who you are, what is important to you, and what aspects of work you value. For example, Ciara is a GA here at UWF and works with Career services. She has shared that VIPS has helped her in her own career path here at the University. Ciara shared that working with others and having her own consolidated time is something she values.

Interests- think about what you like to do. If you had no obligations or financial restrictions, how would you spend a week? What are your hobbies? If you enjoy learning history, you may consider a career where this topic would be incorporated, such as a museum curator.

Personality – ideally you would like to identify careers that suit you personality. When thinking about your personality you are not looking for works such as “bubbly,” or “outgoing.” Think about questions like, do you enjoy being alone or with others? Do you rely on your five senses to make decisions, or do you trust information that is more abstract or theoretical? Do you make decisions using you head or you heart? Do you like schedules, or going with the flow? If you prefer to make decisions using your head instead of your heart, you may be interested in decision-making. Such careers can include a lawyer or a judge.

Skills – are your key abilities, talents, and strengths. Take for example Lindsey, who works here at Career Services as a professional staff member. She shared that her skill in grammar and working with students are some of her skills that have enabled her to succeed here at the University.

Reflecting on your VIPS will allow you to gain insight into your preferences which can assist you in choosing an ideal career path and/or work environment. Feel free to come in the office today for further questions or to schedule an appointment.

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Major Exploration & Career Choice 3 Credit Class- If you are interested in digging deeper into a perfect career path after your appointment, Career Services is also offering a spring class to help you search a career path! Enroll in SLS 2990 and earn 3 semester hours while exploring careers. This class is perfect for anyone who is undeclared, still considering what major to choose or questions their choice of major. Call: (850) 474- 2254 or email: career@uwf.edu for more information. Attached here (My (Virtual) Shoebox Autobiography Presentation) is a fun, interactive, and reflective activity that students are able to participate in during the course.

Until next time!

Allee Millsap