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Federal Resume Guidebook by Kathryn Troutman

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CHAPTER 8

Researching the Agency’sCore Competencies

Many federal agencies have developed a list of the top core competencies desired in employees. The agencies might integrate the competencies into their applications. The core competencies are used for recruiting the best candidates, for promoting employees to the next level, and as behavior-based interview questions (read more in Chapter 27). This chapter shows you how important core competencies are to your application for a federal job, in terms of your resume and the essays or examples that you will be asked to write to demonstrate your performance.

If you read the vacancy announcement, it gives you the technical “duties” of the job. It then lists the “specialized qualifications” desired ...

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