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Federal Resume Guidebook by Kathryn Troutman

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CHAPTER 12

Understanding Vacancy Announcements

Federal vacancy announcements are amazing! Yes, they are long, but they tell you all about the job, the agency, its mission, the office, the qualifications you need to have to get Best Qualified, and now even how they will grade your application.

Think of a vacancy announcement as a five- to eight-page federal job instructional guide. You will read it more carefully and with appreciation because if you follow the directions, you could get Best Qualified and maybe referred, interviewed, and hired! You have to read a manual to put together a bicycle, play a game, or even install an app on your iPhone. So, these vacancy announcements are simply the rules and procedures for applying for the position. ...

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