Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What is the Federal Government looking for in their New Hires?

What occupations are in demand? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the Federal Government likes to hire, well, rocket scientists. By far, the top fields of hire in the US Government are those occupations falling under the categories of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). 39.1 percent of all new employees hired in fiscal year 2013 were hired in the STEMM fields. This number has steadily increased by 10 percentage points since 2009. 

Do not stress if you are not a mathematician, or an astrophysicist. There are plenty of admin and support rolls available to help you showcase your writing, communications, accounting or even culinary talents. However - whatever your field is -  you will want to focus your resume around the technology that you used and the problems that you solved

If you served as an administrative assistant, you may have worked with a customer database, and input schedules into Microsoft Outlook. If you were a financial analyst, you may have worked with Excel, Quicken, or SAP.  If you were the “go to” person in the office every time the printer acted up - find a way to incorporate your troubleshooting skills into your Federal resume. And if you were a chef, waiter or restaurant manager, be sure to list the systems you used (Open Table, Point of Sale, Microsoft Suite). Information technology comes in all shapes and sizes (and our Federal Hiring Managers appreciate that!). 

The above graph and statistics are adopted from the Partnership for Public Service’s (PPS) “FED FIGURES 2014,” an annual report put together from the amazing team at PPS. This data includes recent hiring information for full-time, non-seasonal, permanent civilian Federal employees hired in fiscal year 2013 in executive branch agencies - excluding the U.S. Postal Service. You may also note that enlisted military personnel (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, US Marines and National Guard) are also excluded from these statistics. You can check out more helpful labor statistics at ourpublicservice.org or www.bls.gov (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Patriots vs. Presidents - Who Would Win?

U.S. Presidents Who Were Also College Football Stars

It's a great day for football fans everywhere, but especially for those of say, a Patriotic nature. Here is a candid compilation of football milestones achieved by U.S. Presidents, to include play-by-plays at Harvard and West Point - and which President called in a play to an NFL team from the Oval Office.

John F. Kennedy  - This iconic president played college football for none other than Harvard University. John may hold the political bragging rights, but his brothers - Robert and Edward - always took the prize on the field. While JFK did not progress past the Junior Varsity team due to illness and injury, his brothers were Harvard football lettermen. Despite his lackluster pigskin performance, John participated in intramural sports and touch football games whenever he could and later dedicated himself to physical fitness programs such as the Presidential Fitness award and inspiring Special Olympics.

"We do not want our children to become a generation of spectators. Rather we want each of them to be a participant in the vigorous life."
- President John F. Kennedy

Richard M. Nixon -  Richard Nixon used to wake up at 4am to stock his parent's produce stand before going to morning football practice at Whittier College in Whittier, California. Nixon was an excellent reserve tackle in college, but he is even more infamous for a little football faux pas called "The Nixon Play."  In 1971, Redskins coach - George Allen - received a phone call from then President Nixon on the eve of their playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Legend attests that Coach Allen gave his blessing to the president's proposition- a play that lost the Washington team greatly needed yardage and ultimately led to their demise in this pivotal playoff game.

Gerald Ford - First off - how good looking was young Gerald Ford?  The only thing better than Ford's former hair performance was his pigskin prowess.  As an all-state champion at South High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, young Gerald grew up to be an MVP for the University of Michigan.  His crowning moment included playing against the Chicago Bears on the 1935 collegiate all-star team. Ford turned down multiple pro football offers, to include a juicy offer from the Green Bay Packers. Ford made a very wise decision to take on a coaching position at Yale - to include an admission package to Yale Law School.

Ronald Reagan - This actor, activist, politician and president began his career in the spotlight as a lineman at Eureka College in Illinois.  Although his football career didn't go much further, he is most famous for portraying the football legend, George Gipp in the 1940 sporting drama "Knute Rockne." And yes - this starring role is the origin of Reagan's most famous nickname - "The Gipper." Reagan gained a lot of yardage from his football ties, to include coining a football friendly campaign slogan - "Just win one for the Gipper."

Dwight Eisenhower - Before tackling the Axis of Evil, Eisenhower's claim to fame was tackling the famous Jim Thorpe of the (then) Carlisle Indians. Our leader of the Allied Forces once said that "not making the baseball team at West Point was one of the greatest disappointments of my life, maybe my greatest."  Luckily for Dwight, this U.S. President ended up being a much better football player than baseball player (Sorry, Baseball!). Not only did the former General make the West Point football team, but he was a varsity starter as both a running back and linebacker.