By Ms. Michelle Miller (USASAC)August 9, 2017
Employees at the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command are able to enhance their leadership skills through a variety of monthly courses provided by the command's G5 Enterprise Development and Proficiency division.
This initiative began in 2015 and was in response to employee requests for developmental training.
"The courses are meant to enhance leadership and managerial skills for the entire workforce," G5 Training Coordinator Jason King said.
The training is intended for both employees and supervisors and includes instructor lessons, scenario-based group discussions and role playing exercises.
As part of USASAC's Training and Leader Development Guidance for fiscal 2017, leader development is a "deliberate, continuous and progressive process founded in Army values to grow civilians to be confident, competent and capable of decisive action," according to USASAC Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Farmen.
Classes include "Negotiation Skills," "Managing Performance," "Conflict Management," "Developing Others" and "Job Interview Skills." Training topics are selected by majority through annual employee surveys.
"Resume Writing," held July 20 and July 27 at USASAC's New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, and Redstone Arsenal locations, taught participants how to organize their resumes, tips on writing and what recruiters look for in applicant resumes.
"The purpose of a resume is to get an interview," said Pauline Higgins, president of the Strategic Initiatives Consulting Group and facilitator for the class. "What would make you stand out from your experience that would make a recruiter want to meet you?"
Higgins suggested tailoring each resume to meet the needs of any job applied for versus a one-size-fits-all resume, and listing experience in concise bullet form instead of paragraphs.
"The most beneficial thing I learned was how to explain the job I perform and clarify the results of the skills I applied," said Lee Rice, an accountant in USASAC's G8 Resource Management directorate.
"The information painted a picture of what a perspective hiring authority is looking for to separate an applicant from the herd," Cliff Abron, USASAC's facility manager, said. "I learned tips that I will use immediately to hopefully increase my chance of snagging the next big opportunity."
Linda Perry, an executive assistant in USASAC's G5 directorate, said the class gave her a better understanding of what employers are looking for when quickly glancing at resumes.
"In order to be competitive, you have to know proper writing techniques," Perry added.
Classes planned for the remainder of the year include "Keeping Members Motivated," "Supervisor's Best Practices for Conducting Job Interviews," "Time Management" and "Building Stakeholder Relationships."