ERP offers federal résumé class

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jeanne Sablan, who works with ACS's ERP, speaks to students about the ins and outs of applying for a federal job position as part of the two-day course “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar,” held at Fort Shafter, recently. The course is held on a monthly basis at both Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks.

Jeanne Sablan, who works with ACS’s ERP, speaks to students about the ins and outs of applying for a federal job position as part of the two-day course “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar,” held at Fort Shafter, recently. The course is held on a monthly basis at both Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
U.S. Army Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — In today’s ever-changing and competitive workforce, it is important to be prepared when applying for a new job.

A strong résumé is the foundation to that application process, especially when applying for a federal job position.

For the last six years, members of Army Community Service’s Employment Readiness Program (ERP) have helped Soldiers, spouses, retirees and qualified civilians with a monthly two-day block of instruction, called “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar.” The course focuses on what an individual will need to apply successfully for a federal position, which differs from the application process of an average civilian job.

Roshetta Cason (back) talks about her job experiences during a recent seminar, held on Fort Shafter.

Roshetta Cason (back) talks about her job experiences during a recent seminar, held on Fort Shafter.

“Prior to their attendance in our class, they had little to no knowledge on the federal government hiring process,” said Jeanne Sablan, an instructor for the seminar. “The key issue that military spouses and civilians face as they try to enter the federal workforce is the lack of understanding of the federal process. It is the ERP’s hope that through this two-day seminar, we can enhance their knowledge.”

The seminar breaks the application process down into 10 steps, which include networking, identifying core competencies and interviewing practices.

As part of this 10-step process, class members are encouraged to develop confidence and self-awareness.

“You may be shy, but you are going to want to learn to communicate effectively if you want to get ahead of your job competitors,” said Sablan. “You not only must communicate when you network, but you have to communicate to your potential employers why you are the best person for the job.”

Sablan also equipped class participants with federal job-focused websites and search engines to help facilitate their job search.

“After I came to this class, I realized why I wasn’t having any success finding a job,” said Marilyn Rodgers, who recently completed the course. “I didn’t have a federal résumé, and I didn’t know what all was out there. I went on usajobs.org, a search engine for federal jobs, and that helped me to see what I could try to work towards.”

All participants expressed similar sentiments about the relevance of the course material.

Amanda Cramer, an Army Reservist who recently returned from Afghanistan, was especially appreciative of the course.

Sablan divulges information about the federal government hiring process in a recent “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar.”

Sablan divulges information about the federal government hiring process in a recent “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar.”

“I didn’t know how to properly display my spousal and veteran’s preference,” said Cramer. “I may have passed up an opportunity because I just didn’t know.”

According to Sablan, combat veterans and military spouses are given hiring preference for a federal position, but this information must be displayed up front on the résumé in a specific place.

“Retirees are entitled to the Army Career Alumni Program services for a lifetime,” Sablan added. “The Department of Labor is also a great source for Soldiers, families and retirees.”

Sablan and her staff encourage Soldiers, transitioning Soldiers and retirees to take advantage of all services provided.

“Military spouses should use the services of ACS and the ERP as an avenue to stay connected to employers, educators, and gain knowledge on the services and trends available to them,” said Sablan. “I would highly encourage them to utilize our services.”

Résumé writing seminars

The Employment Readiness Program’s “10 Steps to a Federal Résumé Writing Seminar” is held on a monthly basis and rotated between both Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter.

This month’s classes will be held from 9-11 a.m., March 14-15, at the Schofield Army Community Service, Bldg. 2091, Kolekole Avenue.

The course is free-of-charge and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Contact the ACS offices on Schofield (655-4227) or Fort Shafter (438-4227) for more information on these services and more.

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