Upcoming NASA Job Available at the Glenn Research Center for Electronics Engineer, AST, Telecommunications

Title: Electronics Engineer, AST, Telecommunications GS-0855-7/9

Open Period: January 28, 2022 to February 1, 2022

Summary: This position specializes in signal processing, communications and networking systems, including software-defined radio, artificial intelligence and machine learning, for aerospace communications applications. This position involves the conception, planning, specification, design, analysis, development, installation, test, operation and use of data handling and computing systems for aerospace, aeronautical, space science and/or earth science vehicles, spacecraft and/or instruments.

Apply Directly Here: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/633634500

Type of Appointment: This is a Permanent opportunity open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S

Requirements: This position has a positive education requirement, pleaseensure that you submit your transcripts at the time of application. Failure to provide all required information as stated in the vacancy announcement, will result in not being considered for the position. You must aaddress the specialized experience (listed under the “Qualifications” section) in your resume.

Tips for writing a federal resume:

Whether you’re a current federal employee or new to the Federal Government, your resume is the primary way for you to communicate your education, skills and experience. Here are some tips for writing a federal resume and at the bottom of this email are some useful links for applicants to get more information.

Before you get started:

Read the entire job announcement. Focus on the following sections to understand whether or not you qualify for the position. This critical information is found under:

  • Responsibilities & Qualifications
  • Education (includes what are qualifying degrees and degree requirements)
  • How You Will be Evaluated
  • Required Documents
  • How to Apply

Make sure you have the required experience and/or education before you apply. Hiring agencies use the job announcement to describe the job and the required qualifications, including:

  • Level and amount of experience
  • Education

What to include in your resume:

Federal jobs often require that you have experience in a particular type of work for a certain period of time. You must show how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications and requirements listed in the job announcement to be considered for the job. Ensure you address the specialized experience (listed under the “Qualifications” section) in your resume.

Include dates, hours, level of experience and examples for each work experience

For each work experience you list, make sure you include:

  • Start and end dates (including the month and year).
  • The number of hours you worked per week.
  • The level and amount of experience–for instance, whether you served as a project manager or a team member helps to illustrate your level of experience.
  • Examples of relevant experiences and accomplishments that prove you can perform the tasks at the level required for the job as stated in the job announcement. Your experience needs to address every required qualification.

Example

Program Analyst GS-343-11
January 2009 – Present
40 Hours/Week
$63,000/Year

Experience/Accomplishment

Include volunteer work and roles in community organizations

Don’t limit yourself to only including paid work experience. Include relevant volunteer work or community organizations roles that demonstrate your ability to do the job.

Use numbers to highlight your accomplishments

Use numbers, percentages or dollars to highlight your accomplishments–you can find this information in things like your performance reviews, previous job descriptions, awards and letters of recommendation.

When explaining your accomplishments:

  • Include examples of how you saved money, earned money, or managed money.
  • Include examples of how you saved or managed time.

Examples

  • “Improved efficiency of document processing by 25% over the previous year”.
  • “Wrote 25 news releases in a three-week period under daily deadlines”.
  • “Managed a student organization budget of more than $7,000”.
  • “Wrote prospect letter that has brought in more than $25,000 in donations to date”.

These statements show in concrete terms what you accomplished.

More resume writing tips:

Customize your resume

You should tailor your resume to the job announcement rather than sending out the same resume for every job. Customizing your resume helps you match your competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience to the requirements for each job. Emphasize your strengths and include everything you’ve done that relates to the job you’re seeking. Leave out experience that isn’t relevant.

Use similar terms and address every required qualification

Your experience needs to address every required qualification in the job announcement. Hiring agencies will look for specific terms in your resume to make sure you have the experience they’re seeking.

For example, if the qualifications section says you need experience with “MS Project” you need to use the words ” MS Project” in your resume.

Organize your resume to make it easy to understand

You need to organize your resume to help agencies evaluate your experience. If you don’t provide the information required for the hiring agency to determine your qualifications, you might not be considered for the job.

  • Use reverse chronological order to list your experience–start with your most recent experience first and work your way back.
  • Provide greater detail for experience that is relevant to the job for which you are applying.
  • Show all experiences and accomplishments under the job in which you earned it. This helps agencies determine the amount of experience you have with that particular skill.
  • Use either bullet or paragraph format to describe your experiences and accomplishments.
  • Use plain language– avoid using acronyms and terms that are not easily understood.

Be concise

Hiring agencies often receive dozens or even hundreds of resumes for certain positions. Hiring managers quickly skim through submissions and eliminate candidates who clearly are not qualified. Look at your resume and ask:

  • Can a hiring manager see my main credentials within 10 to 15 seconds?
  • Does critical information jump off the page?
  • Do I effectively sell myself on the top quarter of the first page?

Review your resume before you apply

Check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors and have someone else, with a good eye for detail, review your resume.

Important facts about the federal hiring process:

  • The Federal Government does have a standard job application. Your resume is your application.
  • Hiring agencies use the job announcement to describe the job and list the required qualifications and responsibilities.
  • After applying, the hiring agency uses the information in your resume to verify if you have the required qualifications stated in the job announcement.
  • Once the hiring agency has determined who is qualified, they may use other assessments such as interviews or testing to determine the best qualified applications.

Additional resources:

For more detailed information regarding how to complete any task on USAJobs step-by-step, and many other useful tips including how to write a resume, copy and paste the following link into a web browser: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/, Under “Apply” shows how to create resumes.

Software Saturdays

Have you wanted to learn how to program amazing websites and web apps? Look no further than Software Saturdays, a Purdue IEEE and Purdue College of Engineering program designed to help you learn all the skills you need to learn web development! No Programming Experience Required! Software Saturdays is a FREE 7-week program for all Purdue students. This semester, we are teaching ReactJS – the most popular JavaScript framework used in the industry today. All attendees create a full web app that looks great to a recruiter or on a portfolio. Additionally, all attendees earn an official College of Engineering certificate to prove they know ReactJS! Past program attendees have gotten internships, full time offers, and hackathon awards based on the knowledge they learned at Software Saturdays. Plus, our PokeDex project is a great way to learn programming in a fun environment. Join Software Saturdays today at https://purdueieee.org/software. If you want to know more, join our info session on January 29th at 3:30pm in HAMP 1144. I hope to see you all there!

Projects From Top Banks/Consultancies

MindSumo has a few projects/challenges wrapping up soon that they wanted to bring to your attention as some of you might enjoy solving these! Each of these is from top banks/consultancies.

Top Bank: Project Community Impact – This challenge asks solvers to design the bank’s ESG website and give insights into what they think the layout and focus should look like. Renders, mock websites, and prototypes are highly encouraged!
https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/esgproject

KPMG: Propose a way to keep contract talent engaged in between projects
https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/kpmg-keep-talent-engaged

Student Focused company: Design a digital solution to help students prepare for life after school
https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/studentresources
NOTE: A note/tip if you plan to solve it – the company is not looking for ideas that already exist (e.g. peer to peer). They also do not want students to just elaborate on the problem but actually put in a well thought out idea to solve that problem.

Top Financial Firm: How can an auto/property insurance company better engage with consumers under 35?
https://www.mindsumo.com/contests/engaginginsurance

Feel free to reach out to (isha@mindsumo.com) if you have any questions.