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Trying to Become Realty Specialist for the BLM

I have been in residential real estate for the past 20 years and was recently laid off.  Since it looks like I need to change my carreer, my goal is to become a Realty Specialist for the BLM however; everything I have applied for gets the same response - "This is to notify you that you were not referred for the position".

Do you have any suggestions/secrets as to how I can get my foot in the door for an interview??  My dad worked for the government for over 35 years about 16 years ago but the hiring process seems to have changed alot.  Any suggestions you have for me would be greatly appreciated.


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Arlene
Said this on 4-28-2010 At 08:15 am

I am also a residential realtor, recently laid off and have been applying for a Realty Specialist position with the federal.  Any advise would be appreciated

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Kevin
Said this on 7-2-2010 At 10:56 pm

Yes, it is tuff to break into this field. I have been a construction manager for 13 years and I have a bachelors degree in Business, and I to keep getting "not refered" status. I think like everything else, you need to know somebody. I have applied to several positions with the blm and government and it is tuff right now, for everybody is trying to get these positions. I can not even get an interview for positions making 25% of what I used to make. Good luck.

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Jen
Said this on 7-2-2010 At 11:09 pm

If you gals are realtors, how do you get laid off? I thought realtors all worked as independent contractors on commision, not a salary?  

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Sarah P
Said this on 9-29-2010 At 11:26 am

I just got a job as a realty specialist.  I've spent the last four or five years trying to get one of these jobs.  I've been through various stages of the process including an offer in 2007 I turned down. 

What I've learned is that you have to score high on the initial on-line application process.  And make sure it's complete with all supplemental materials or you will be automatically thrown out.  They tend to only look at the top 3 highest scorers who are vets and/or current federal employees.  If they don't have that, then they look at the top 3 civilian candidates.  Then there are a series of interviews.  It's taken 10 months to get to where I am today on this offer.

On your application, be sure to list SPECIFIC instances of experience that relate to the question being asked.  Print out your resume on usajobs.gov and make sure that it looks complete and consistent (I entered information over the years as I took on new jobs and looked at my printed resume recently and was appalled at how inconsistent the formatting had become).

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Don't expect to get a job in a sweet city like San Diego or Phoenix or Portland or Vegas or smack dab in middle of Yosemite.  Or any romantic-sounding county like Humboldt or Ventura.  I've been waiting on this job for 10 months and I've only met 3 people who even KNOW anything about this town where I am going.  Expect to land in a town where most people move AWAY because of the weather or the isolation.  Expect that the nearest hospital could be 200 miles away--even more if you're in Alaska.

And just keep trying.  I think I applied to 120 Realty Specialist jobs or jobs similar to that over a 4 year period.  Good luck!

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Focus
Said this on 5-30-2011 At 10:03 pm

Most important when you are applying is making sure that your skills ACTUALLY MATCH the job that is advertised.  Not every realty specialist position is the same.  If you are not fully qualified for all of the skills required, you will not score high enough to move on to the selecting official.  Also, being that every position is different, the resume that you submit needs to reflect the skills that are being sought for that specific position.  A generic resume is not appropriate.  Don't limit yourself to the BLM.

All that Sarah P stated is true also.  You need to spend time on each application to make sure it is accurate and professional.  Proper spelling, grammar and consistency are important. The slightest mistake can eliminate you.  Remember, there are lots of folks applying for positions now, don't get discouraged.

Good luck!