Career Services

Career services can be divided between career transition and career development. Career transition consists of helping employees who are affected, or will potentially be affected, by agency re-organizations make a successful transition to a new career, a new agency, or the private sector. Career development is often referred to as human capital development or employee development and is directed towards current employees. Career development benefits the employee by helping them advance in their career, and/or find fulfilling work. It benefits the agency by engaging the employee in the mission and tasks of the agency. Good career development plans are viewed as recruitment and retention tools.

Career Transition Services for Agencies

Federal Career Experts can work with employees who are affected, or potentially affected by re-organizations, downsizings or office/base closings in different ways. We can provide group training sessions and we can provide individual career consulting for employees.

Group career transition seminars are designed with the needs of the agency in mind. There are several components that can be included in a seminar, and FCE will consult with agency decision makers in order to determine what solution will work best. Seminars can contain any (or all) of the following topics:

  • Career exploration (including assessment instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Holland Self-Directed Search or the Strong Interest Inventory® if desired).
  • Discovering and preparing for career opportunities (both federal and non-federal) by means of:
    • The formal job market
    • Networking
    • Other methods
  • The application process (both federal and non-federal), including
    • Automated application systems
    • Résumés
    • Other application methods
  • Interviewing
  • Cover letters and references
  • Salary negotiations

Career Coaches can be provided to work individually with each interested employee on their job search. This can be done in conjunction with seminars, or separate from them. Coaches can help employees decide about their career direction, provide them with tailored job search advice, and work one-on-one with employees on their résumés.

Should the agency want assistance with finding jobs for the affected employees, Job Developers can be provided to aid in placement, to run job-fairs, and engage in other employee marketing activities.

Bulk orders of John Grobe’s 2012 book, Career Transition: A Guide for the Federal Employee can be made available for all employees. (link to publications page)

Career Development Services for Agencies

Federal Career Experts can also provide career development seminars and other activities for existing employees. It is an axiom in human resources that it costs far less to retain a current employee than to recruit a new one. An active career development program can help current employees make the most of their talents while remaining with the agency, rather than seeking promotion and fulfillment elsewhere.

Federal Career Experts can work with agency human resources and training staff to develop a formal career development program that focuses on the growth of both the individual and the organization. A career development program could range from developing and staffing career development centers at large sites to training managers in employee development techniques.

FCE can provide career counselors or consultants on a contract basis, freeing up agency HR and Training staff for other duties. Or, if agency staff is to provide the career consulting, FCE could provide training and assistance to them to develop and improve their career consulting skills.

FCE can also offer employee career development seminars of varying lengths, depending on the material that is to be covered. Seminars can include:

  • Career exploration (including assessment instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Holland Self-Directed Search or the Strong Interest Inventory® if desired).

Discovering and preparing for career opportunities within the agency and (if desired) within the entire federal job market.

  • The application process within the agency and (if desired) within the entire federal job market, including
  • Automated application systems
  • Résumés
  • Other application methods
  • Interviewing

Career Development and Transition Services for Individuals

Are you looking for a new job? Do you have the right résumé? Will you be competitive?

  • Is your résumé up-to-date?
  • Are you confident that you have a résumé that presents your experience appropriately for the job for which you are applying?
  • Does your résumé use agency-specific keywords?
  • Do you clearly show your accomplishments and results?
  • Is your résumé formatted so that it will be effective in an on-line application system?
  • Have you been getting results from your current résumé?

Federal Career Experts refers individual clients to Solutions for the Workplace, LLC (SFTW) for career services, particularly for résumé design and preparation. SFTW has prepared winning résumés for federal employees and for those who want to become federal employees. SFTW also helps with interview preparation and SES ECQs. SFTW’s résumé consultants are experts in all federal résumé softwares.