CAREER DESIGN CENTER

USU Blanding

Contact

Cindy Higgins

Cindy Higgins

Career Coach

Career Services

Phone: (435) 678-8512
Office Location: Blanding, BAEC 120
Schedule an Appointment

Career Fairs

Career Fairs

These large events are a great opportunity for organizations and students to come together and discuss employment opportunities. At the fairs, employers talk to Aggies about internships, jobs and seasonal employment.

Career Course

Career Courses

You can enroll in a 7 week, 1 credit, online courses and move through an open Canvas Course at your own pace. Learn more about what course(s) are right for you.

Career Modules for Faculty

Faculty Career Modules

These large events are a great opportunity for organizations and students to come together and discuss employment opportunities. At the fairs, employers talk to Aggies about internships, jobs and seasonal employment.

Resources

Preview Available Jobs

Find jobs in Aggie Handshake both on- and off-campus.

Blanding Area Jobs


Cover Letters

Your cover letter should be tailored to a job description. A general cover letter will not be as effective. Use the job description and company website to guide how you tailor your cover letter.

Format

  • Use consistent format
  • Clear, concise writing
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Omit address if sending as an email

1st Paragraph – Why Them (mission, values, culture)

  • Identify the position you are applying for
  • If possible, name any referral or contact
  • Link your education and work experience to the job
  • State why you are interested and a good fit for this organization

2nd Paragraph – Why You (success examples, numbers, connect)

  • Identify your 2 – 3 strongest qualifications as they relate to the job
  • Build on applicable work, education, or service accomplishments
  • Include results-oriented success statements – using specific examples

3rd Paragraph – Thank You

  • Thank the employer
  • Request an interview
  • Discuss how and when you will follow up

Sample Cover Letters


Resumes

USA Jobs and Intro to Federal Resumes

“When applying for a federal job, forget what you learned about resume writing. For private sector jobs, you typically summarize your work history in a one-page document, A federal resume, even for an entry-level job needs to be more detailed and may run anywhere from two to five pages or more since you need to go into greater depth about your skills and your previous responsibilities and accomplishments.” See more tips about writing your federal resume

Steps to Finding a Federal Opportunity 
  1. Open “my account” at www.usajobs.gov
  2. Create a search agent to begin receiving job openings and to become familiar with key terminology and skills requested in your field
  3. Create your profile
  4. Apply for specific openings by creating your resume (access the Resume Builder in USAJobs.gov for a Master Resume and then create up to 5 Uploaded Resumes tailored for individual job announcements) using the terminology from the job announcement; match your experience to the qualifications listed—use keywords
  5. Pay special attention to:
    • Keywords and qualifications
    • Citizenship and the vacancy announcement number
    • Closing dates and instructions
    • Other required application materials

KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

Knowledge, skills, and Abilities (KSAs) are the requirements needed to perform a job and are demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or training. Read through each section of the Federal job announcement carefully to discover all the KSAs.

  • Each vacancy announcement will list the KSAs required in terms of "specialized experience" or "selective factor" requirements. In determining if you qualify for a position, your education and experience will be evaluated against the KSAs for each position. Because each position is different, the requirements will also be different.
  • When you apply for Federal positions, it is important for you to show that you meet the "specialized experience" and "selective factor" requirements for the position in your application package. You can do this by including the information in your resume by addressing these requirements in your education, work experience, volunteer experience, skills, and certification sections. 

Success Statements

Your success statements should be more than just a list of duties and tasks. They should be focused on your responsibilities and quantifiable accomplishments.

Action Verb + Skill/Responsibility + Action/Tools + Benefit/Result = Success Statement

Examples:

  • Performed an EPA study using over 30,000 cells of carbon emission data from fleets, electricity consumption and other sources from seven Logan City departments
  • Create a database for rivers in the Intermountain West using R statistical software, QGIS and ArcMap, and interviewing key stakeholders in rivers and watersheds
  • Communicated information to the public about points of interest, available services, rules and guidelines, visitor safety, maps and directions within Timpanogos Cave National Monument and American Fork Canyon
  • Oversaw True Blue Reuse thrift program, motivated by textile waste diversion and local humanitarian profits, collecting and reselling over 5000 pounds of gently used clothing

Sample Federal Resumes

Writing an Effective Federal Resume

Writing an effective Federal resume handout

Traditional Resumes

Use a traditional one-page resume for jobs and internships in the private sector. Your resume is a compilation of your education, work experience, skills, and accomplishments, and should be tailored to a job description. (See Career Design Center Resume Handout.)

Success Statements

Your success statements should be more than just a list of duties and tasks. They should be focused on your responsibilities and quantifiable accomplishments.

Action Verb + Skill/Responsibility + Action/Tools + Benefit/Result = Success Statement

Examples:

  • Performed an EPA study using over 30,000 cells of carbon emission data from fleets, electricity consumption and other sources from seven Logan City departments
  • Create a database for rivers in the Intermountain West using R statistical software, QGIS and ArcMap, and interviewing key stakeholders in rivers and watersheds
  • Communicated information to the public about points of interest, available services, rules and guidelines, visitor safety, maps and directions within Timpanogos Cave National Monument and American Fork Canyon
  • Oversaw True Blue Reuse thrift program, motivated by textile waste diversion and local humanitarian profits, collecting and reselling over 5000 pounds of gently used clothing

Sample Traditional Resumes


Interview Help

To succeed in interviews, you must sell a very important product – yourself – to an organization. Expect the interviewer to discuss your specific qualifications as they relate to the job opening. Be ready with examples of your skills/successes as they match the job. See Career Design Center Interview Handout to help you prepare.

Nervous About Your Interview?