- April 25, 2015
-- This workbook gives you a step-by-step (Objective-by-
Objective) method in which to write your own federal government / USAJOBS résumé. This workbook will help all transitioning military personnel, federal government employees, defense contractors and other Department of Defense personnel in their search for federal employment. This workbook uses an easily identifiable analogy between military doctrine and federal résumé writing. The scenario used is one that will translate vacancy announcement analysis to that of the military's small unit tactics. This workbook encourages you to use the military doctrine used when deploying to combat zones to transitioning to the civilian workforce. The workbook analogy identifies the Hiring Manager as the Enemy and the vacancy announcement as the battlefield. In order to win the war, you must successfully accomplish each objective on the battlefield (vacancy announcement)
in order to target the Enemy accurately. The idea in preparing the 4-Battlefield Phases to a Targeted Federal Résumé workbook was to design a workbook for those with a military or Defense Department background. Ironically, most manuals are hundreds of pages long but of little use to the novice résumé writer. Such manuals become too lengthy to read and only lead to confusion. In this workbook, 4-Battlefield Phases to a Targeted Federal Résumé, the primary mission was to design a workbook that everyone could read and understand, while training you to enhance your own experiences in federal résumé development. There are no secrets to résumé writing. However, there are specific principles to which you must adhere in order to secure an interview and ultimately a job. This workbook should be read from front to back. This method of reading is encouraged in order to obtain the true context from which the principles of Battlefield Résumé Methodologies are presented. As you progress through the workbook the associations with military terminology, lexicon and methodology is critical and, therefore, require a thorough understanding. The only way to reach this pinnacle of understanding is to read this material sequentially, ensuring you completely understand the principles by which competitive USAJOBS résumés are built. Small unit tactics is what the military uses in battle. The Army explains it in detail within Field Manual 3-21.8 The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad (FM 7-8, Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad, has been updated and renumbered), FM 3-06, Urban Operations, ADRP 3-90, Offense and Defense, FM 3-90.1, Offense and Defense and FM 34-130 Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield. For those readers who are not familiar with military terminology or methodology, please do not worry. Although the military acronyms are used throughout this workbook, great effort and special thought has been taken in describing each as thoroughly as possible. As a matter of fact, after reading this workbook, it is quite possible that you will better understand military methods and terms as it relates to a real battlefield, while associating these activities to a résumé and vacancy announcement. The workbook details the procedures to follow in federal government related positions, using battlefield illustrations and descriptions for various types of vacancy announcements. This workbook is intended to be a working guide so you can apply the fundamentals of the military and battlefield process to any and all federal government and USAJOBS vacancy announcements, résumés and cover letters.