How to focus at work during the holidays

Shopping and parties and presents, oh my!

Job References 101

Like it or not, obtaining excellent references are an essential part of your job search.

"In addition to your own ability to sell your skills and qualifications you also need qualified people who are willing to support your candidacy," said Marcia Robinson, a senior professional in human resources.

Job Searching and Facing the Financial Reality

By Holly Bates

Tick-tock …

Tick-tock …

That’s the sound of the clock in my dining room each day I spend online looking for a federal job and waiting for CPAC to contact me about my dream job, which, at this point, has become any job.

Federal Job Hunt: I Applied for the Job, Still Not Sure I Want It

Holly Bates

Remember the GS-7 job I decided I wasn’t sure I wanted anymore? Well, according to my USAJOBS notification, I didn’t pass the online questionnaire. Huh?

Here’s what the email said:

“To be considered for this position, an applicant must attain a passing score on our online assessment tool. Unfortunately, you did not receive a passing score on the assessment.”

Military Spouse Job Fairs in November

Christmas is coming, which means some employers will be hiring extra staff to manage larger crowds and demand during the holiday season. Even if seasonal employment is not your ultimate goal, those part-time jobs can be turned into a permanent gig by employees with great attitude and work ethics.

To kick off your holiday-time job search, check out these upcoming, spouse and military-focused hiring fairs. Remember to register as soon as you decide to attend. Some fairs limit the amount of attendees and do not allow walk-ins.

Nov. 1

What’s in a Name?

Maiden name? Married name? Some combination thereof? Which one should you use professionally, especially if you marry after you’ve established your career ... and your name isn't Beyoncé.

When you hear 'Beyoncé', you know exactly who she is, no last name needed. Her husband, Jay-Z, is also known by only one name, and that name isn't even his birth name or a ‘real’ name. But when the two tied the knot, they both legally changed their last names to Knowles-Carter, paying homage to both sides of the family.

Applying for a Job I’m Not Sure I Want Now

By Holly Bates

So, here’s the good news:  It took less than two weeks for me to get a referral under the Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse). The not-so-good news:  It’s for the lowest position I said I would consider and I’m not sure I want the position now. 

But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Wanted: A Federal Job The Importance of Excellent Customer Service Skills

By Holly Bates

WARNING! The following is a vent concerning a particular incident that occurred this week at the civilian personnel office at my current duty station. It is one I’m sure others can relate to. 

What Story Does a Messy Desk Tell About You?

There are a lot of jokes about how a messy desk equals a creative mind. But does it equal a boss who is happy with your work?

More specifically, what story does your desk tell about you and what could it mean for your next evaluation? Most of us believe that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. The reality is, most of us do just that.

Hiring Trends for 2014 and 2015 Graduates

Good news abounds for the job market. In a recent weekly address, President Obama announced, “Our businesses have now added nearly ten million jobs over the past 52 months. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008 – the fastest one-year drop in nearly 30 years.”


For Military Spouses
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