Unlike the average resume writer, I actually apply to federal government, federal/defense contracting, and non-federal "civilian" jobs throughout the year in order to maintain my skills and to make sure my methodology (The BRM) is sound and reputable. As a current example, in just the month of April 2017, I was referred to 3 federal jobs for which I personally applied. And, I was asked to be interviewed for each! I confess...applying to jobs is addicting to me. Why, you might ask? Because I treat it like a game!
Some people play video games, some people watch TV, some people do yard work...I apply to and decline job offers!
My belief is such that I should only give another person employment advice if I, myself, am successful in the same area as the advice I'm giving. How many times have you been given advice from someone who has never applied to a job in the industry for which you are applying? How many times have you received advice from someone who last applied for a job 20 years ago? Here is a challenge for you: The next time you talk with a “resume expert,” ask them this question: "When was the last time you actually applied to a federal Government, Federal Defense Contractor, or Non-Federal "Civilian" job and was referred to the job for which you applied?" After they stutter and take offense to your question, call me at 1-888-207-2716 and ask me the same question!
I only challenge you to ask this question because I'm confident enough to answer you myself. I learned this way of doing business in the military. As an OCS commissioned Officer (a Mustang), I pride myself in “getting my hands dirty," rolling up my sleeves, and doing what it takes to gain your respect and successfully complete the mission. I pride myself in helping you understand the hiring system, and it’s shortfalls, so you can achieve mission success like I have. I know you can do it, you just need an expert to show you how. You need someone who has been there, done it, and wants to show you the way, so you can show others their way...DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.