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By Kathryn Troutman

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Human resources specialist responds to last week's blog

My blog from last week, "Are you reading the USAJOBS announcements carefully enough?", received a wonderful response from Department of the Navy Human Resources Specialist Sally Klein. She agrees with that jobseekers need to Read Their Instructions! Read her response here:


As a DON HR Specialist, who works exclusively with staffing/recruiting, I totally appreciate your attempt to clarify the importance of actually READING the entire announcement and following it’s directions. I put a lot of effort towards creating that announcement and assessment questionnaire to capture the essential aspects of the vacancy. My goal is to give the applicant as much information as I can about how to qualify and how to apply to that vacancy.

When you stated that “ignoring the instructions and notices on a federal job announcement is the most sure-fire way to guarantee that your application will not be considered” you were SPOT ON!!!! If you can’t even follow written instructions, do you really think you are the best qualified candidate for that vacancy? Good Grief!

Now, if you could address (or re-address as the case might be) the fact that in order for me (the HR Specialist) to determine if you are qualified for the vacancy, you ACTUALLY have to TELL me in your resume why and where you have the experience to qualify you for the vacancy, because, really…. I don’t know you and I don’t know what your current or past job experience is….. the burden is on you to convince me (via your resume) that you are the best qualified candidate for that vacancy….

Thanks, Kathryn, for your articles… I’ve enjoyed and appreciated them for many years!

– Sally A. Klein, HR Specialist, DON OCHR Silverdale Operations

Find the Pot of Gold in the Vacancy Announcement

To reiterate what Ms. Klein emphasized, you must TELL the human resources specialist in your resume why and where you have the experience to qualify for the job.

How, exactly, do you do this?

I teach my clients to find the pot of gold in the vacancy announcement. The Specialized Experience section is where the jackpot of information and keywords is hidden. You can analyze the Specialized Experience section of the vacancy announcement for the relevant skills that must be (legitimately) included in your resume in order to qualify for the job. Make sure the knowledge, skills, and abilities from this section of the announcement are clearly identifiable in your resume.

As always, good luck with your federal job search.

Posted by Kathryn Troutman on May 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

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