How do I access the Symplicity database?
If you are a current graduate student in the School of Foreign Service or in one of the four Government Department programs represented by the Center, your name will be entered in the Symplicity system when you start your program. You will receive a Symplicity password via email. Use this password and your Georgetown NetID to access Symplicity. Note: You must enter the full NetID, such as email@example.com, to access Symplicity. If you do not remember your Symplicity password, click on the “Forgot my password” tab, and a new password will be sent to your email address. If you have problems accessing Symplicity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been asked to submit a writing sample along with my resume. How long should it be, and what form should it take?
Employers normally expect a three- to five-page sample that provides evidence of your writing, thinking, and reasoning skills. It's a good idea to keep your prospective reader in mind when selecting material. For example, an application to a government agency would be better supported with a policy memo than an op-ed piece with your personal opinions.
How many different resumes should I have?
The number of resumes is determined by the number of different job objectives or functions you can fulfill. For example, if you are pursuing a job as an intelligence analyst, your resume should support your research skills. However, if you are pursuing a job in project management, the resume should highlight different supporting evidence. Always try to craft your resume so the recruiter can quickly see that you have the skills for the job.
I received a "conditional" appointment from a U.S. government agency. What should I do now?
Conditional appointments are offers with a deferred start date, typically awaiting results of a physical exam, security clearance, or start of a training program. Since this process can take up to a year or more, with no guarantee of the outcome, it's a good idea to keep up the job search or accept an interim work assignment elsewhere.
May I schedule an individual appointment to review my resume or cover letter? What about a mock interview?
Yes! We welcome the opportunity to meet with you individually to discuss future career goals and previous experiences. These sessions are designed to help you craft a resume or cover letter that effectively highlights your skills and background. A mock interview will help you to answer interview questions with confidence. You may schedule appointments via our website. Please keep in mind that appointment slots fill up quickly, especially in the fall semester.
Should I send a cover letter with my resume?
We encourage you to send a cover letter with your resume whenever possible. While some employers may ask only for a resume, attaching a cover letter or cover email can highlight key connections between your resume and the job description. Cover letters also demonstrate your business writing skills.
Should I have business cards?
You are encouraged to order personal business cards for networking purposes. Business cards enable you to maintain communication with key contacts you meet at social gatherings, employer information sessions, or even on the Metro platform. First impressions count, so be sure to have your business cards on hand at all times. For more information about ordering business cards, click here.