Regardless of whether you’re a TSO, an LTSO or an AFSD, two things are true: 1) at some point you’re probably going to want to apply for promotion (or a lateral transfer); and 2) TSA Career Coaching can help.
A TSA Career Coach can help you identify which positions to apply for; develop an application package that maximizes your chances of making the Cert List; and even prepare for behavioral interviews. And as always, the service is free for TSA employees.
To get started just pick up the phone (or open up your email program) and contact the TSA Career Coaching Service.
Career Coach Janis Askin shares practical tips on how to develop and maximize your speaking skills.
Career Coach Jerry Touslee outlines the key elements of successful networking.
Remember, the entire series of ten videos by TSA Career Coaches is now posted on our website. Each two-minute video highlights a topic relevant to career planning, development and advancement. You can see all of these videos here.
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“I recently used the TSA Career Coaching Service and it helped me immensely! I made the best qualified list for LTSO and got the promotion. I used the career coach for both my KSAs and interview practice. It proved a huge success and I was chosen for LTSO on my first try over several other candidates. I cannot say enough good things about my coach and all her help. Thank you so much!! I highly recommend the TSA Career Coaching Service to all my TSA teammates.” — Debra, LTSO
Tips for Advancing Your Career
By Larry Sechney, MA, TSA Career Coach
While everyone agrees that the economy is facing difficult times, there are still ways that you can advance your career in the federal government. The government is in the middle of the largest hiring initiative in recent years, and TSA is continually creating new career paths and advancement opportunities. If competition for prime positions is a little stronger, it’s more important than ever to be professional. Here are some ideas you can employ now (or at any time) to help advance your career.
Tips for Advancement
- This is not the time to be anonymous! Instead, be more visible. Make sure you are noticed by the “right” people for the right reasons.
- Arrive a little early, and always be prepared to start work on time.
- Volunteer for that extra project, extra shift, and/or special assignment.
- Seek ways to become a bigger part of “the team.”
- Be prudent about what you ask for…understand the dynamics of the times and your environment. Some things just might not be possible right now.
- Make your supervisor or manager’s job easier. Help them shine… because if he or she looks good, you look good.
- Watch your attitude…be as positive as possible and don’t succumb to pessimism.
- Don’t badmouth people – stay positive or, at the least, neutral.
- Update your skills and keep up to date with technology and changes in your field. Check out the TSA Career Toolbox for information about the competency-related courses available through the Online Learning Center (OLC) (www.tsa.gov/join/benefits/competencies.shtm).
- Set goals and share them with your superiors and give updates.
- TSA Career Plan Form – An Individual Development Plan (IDP) for both PASS and non PASS employees where you can record competency-related desired outcomes and developmental activities.
- Your desired outcomes MUST be: mission related, measurable and achievable.
Don’t forget to TAKE CREDIT FOR YOUR GOOD WORK.
While humility is usually a virtue, that doesn’t apply to your work, especially at this time. If you are successful at accomplishing your goals, tell your immediate supervisor. Discuss your goals with your supervisor and seek their advice about ways you can best position yourself for the next round of job postings. Be proactive, not reactive, and remember to promote yourself.
- Take care of yourself. Exercise to stay mentally and physically fit & healthy – and don’t forget to treat yourself on occasion.
- Always look well-groomed! Now, more than ever, your uniform or work clothes should shout “SUCCESS.” A professional appearance shows you care about both the job you have, and the job you want next.
- While it is important to be optimistic, it is also important to be realistic:
- Be confident in your abilities…actions always speak louder than words.
The old saying goes, “it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.” Actually, it’s both. Your career advancement depends in large part on the way in which you approach your work and how you present yourself on the job. You know you have what it takes to advance – now is the time to show everyone else!
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What Can Career Coaching Do For You?
TSA provides confidential individual career coaching assistance at no cost to TSA employees. The TSA Career Coaching Service can help you with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, and planning for career development.
The TSA Career Coaches are professional counselors who work with clients from a wide range of fields, and draw on their extensive training and experience in every aspect of career development to help you. Click here to learn more about them and their credentials.
Career Coaches can help you:
- Maximize your success by learning ways to increase your on-the-job productivity and reach your goals
- Develop a personal career plan based on your interests and goals
- Compete more successfully for advancement
- Seek constructive feedback from and work collaboratively with your supervisor, to implement approved developmental activities.
If you have suggestions or questions about the newsletter, or if you’re a current or past client of the TSA Career Coaching Service and would like to submit a testimonial, please email email@example.com. Thank you for your feedback!
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