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How much do your services cost? What forms of payments do you accept? Do you offer payment plans?  With the government’s new hiring reform initiative, why can’t I just submit my private sector resume with a cover letter? How long does it take to get a Federal job? What is the process for getting hired? Why is it so hard to get a Federal job? How long should a Federal resume be? I've heard that KSAs are no longer required in the application process. Is this true? What if I had some past negative life experience?  Should I still apply? If I am offered a job, can I negotiate my salary? Should I apply to more than one vacancy announcement at a time? What is the best website to use for my Federal job search? How should I contact Federal Job Results?  How much do your services cost?   We offer full service, individualized consulting packages to take you from the very start of your Federal job search until you get a Federal job offer.  Our pricing varies tremendously depending on circumstances and various issues that may create challenges in writing your Federal resume (applying to multiple job series or occupational series, student status, change in career, periods of unemployment or underemployment, highly technical job field, etc).  Please contact us at Info@FederalJobResults.com or 1-844-4FED-JOB during normal business hours for a price quote.  We understand the state of the economy and that many of you may need to discuss various payment options. Please do not hesitate to call our office to discuss your individual situation. Financing:  An option to finance is available that includes no payment, no interest, if paid within six months. Financing is subject to credit approval, through online PayPal Pay Later option, with a decision provided within seconds. Should you have any questions about financing call us. Back to Top What forms of payments do you accept?  We accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, PayPal, personal checks and money orders.  Once we have discussed the cost for our services, we will make payment arrangements directly with you.  We do not accept payment through our website because each project is individually priced.  We understand the state of the economy and that many of you may need to discuss various payment options. Please do not hesitate to call our office to discuss your individual situation. Back to Top Do you offer payment plans?  Yes we are flexible and we will offer you a payment plan for those paying by credit or debit card.  For a $25 service charge, we will offer you a payment plan.  Please contact us for more information. Back to Top With the government’s new hiring reform initiative, why can’t I just submit my private sector resume with a cover letter?  Although you can apply with a private sector resume, a Federal resume will allow you to score much higher in the rating process. A cover letter can be included but it will probably add little value to your application package, unless it is specifically requested in the vacancy announcement. Back to Top How long does it take to get a Federal job?  It varies tremendously; it could take a few weeks, a few months or longer. Once you receive an offer of employment, it can take anywhere from a month to several months (or longer) to actually start work at your new Federal job.  Often there is a background security check that needs to be completed prior to your actual starting date. Back to Top What is the process for getting hired?  After your Federal application is submitted, the HR Specialist “grades” it.  Those applications with the highest "grades" are forwarded to the hiring official, who may or may not contact you for an interview.   The hiring manager makes a selection for the best candidate, and if you are selected, the HR Specialist will contact you to extend an offer of employment, contingent upon a successful background check. Back to Top Why is it so hard to get a Federal job? There are three main reasons.  First, many people apply to Federal jobs without a tight Federal resume — it is usually not in the proper Federal format and, more importantly, is not written with the HR Specialist’s perspective in mind.  Second, many people apply to jobs for which they may be qualified, but not best qualified.  HR Specialists in the Federal government will not move your resume forward in the hiring process unless they find that you are BEST qualified.  Third, the KSAs are not incorporated into the applicant’s resume.  But don’t fret… we can help you get positive results! Back to Top How long should a Federal Resume be?  Private sector resumes are usually one to two pages long.  However, a Federal resume is usually much longer—between three and five pages.  The HR Specialist “grades” your resume against criteria developed specifically from the vacancy announcement.  It is a test.  You get more credit if you have more details in your resume.  Back to Top I've heard that KSAs are no longer required in the application process.  Is this true? Most agencies are no longer requiring you to submit KSA essay responses when you first apply to a Federal job.  However, if your application appeals to the HR Specialist, you may receive a request to submit KSA essays after you've applied.  Additionally, as an applicant, it is totally your responsibility to demonstrate the KSAs in your resume – and there are various methods you can use to do this.  They may ask you to submit your essays before an interview is offered to you, or you may be asked to bring your KSA essays to an interview.  Alternatively, you may be asked to write your essays in the actual interview!  The bottom line is that the KSA essay has not disappeared and you may be asked to submit some written essays if you are going to move forward in the application process. Back to Top What if I have some past negative life experiences?  Should I still apply? If you have had a legal altercations or financial hardships, you may still be eligible for Federal employment.  Your eligibility for employment will depend on agency policy, how serious the incident was and how long ago it occurred.  Whatever the circumstances are, be honest in your responses to any questions you are asked because an agency can terminate your employment immediately if it learns that you were not completely honest during the investigation process.  Back to Top If I am offered a job, can I negotiate my salary?  Yes. You will most likely be offered the job at the lowest salary for the position, but you can always attempt to negotiate.  The agency will take into account your experience, your ability to do the job and your current and past salaries.  The HR Specialist will consult with the hiring manager to determine if s/he is willing and able to increase the starting salary for the position. Back to Top Should I apply to more than one vacancy announcement at a time? Absolutely!  You never know what will become of a particular vacancy announcement, even if you think it is the perfect job for you.  We recommend that once you have a solid Federal resume, you apply to as many jobs as possible.  That way, you won’t have all your eggs in one basket. Back to Top What is the best website to use for my Federal job search?  Most Federal agencies must use www.USAJobs.com to advertise their vacancies.  However, all vacancies are not listed on that website.  Select the following link to view other Federal websites for your job search. Click here for Federal Job Resources. Back to Top How should I contact Federal Job Results?  The best method for making your first contact with Federal Job Results is through the Contact Us Form. We will be notified immediately that you have a question or would like to request a consultation.  We will respond to your submission within 48 business hours.  If you prefer to make contact by phone, please call 844.433.3562 and leave your name, number, email address and best time for contact.  Your phone call will be returned within 48 business hours.
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