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PRE-REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED: National RPCV Career Conference

Monday, August 19, 2013 - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Location

Peace Corps Headquarters, 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20526

Description

***Although PRE-REGISTRATION is closed for this event, interested RPCVs may still register on-site for any sessions they wish to attend (including the Career Fair).  All sessions are taking place at the Peace Corps Headquarters (1111 20th St. NW, in Shriver Hall) and the Career Fair will be held at the FHI-360 Conference Center (1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th floor)***

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Each Returned Volunteer Services career conference draws over 200 RPCVs from all around the U.S - make sure you're one of them!  At this four-day intensive conference, you'll learn in-depth strategies to make yourself stand out from other job-seekers.  We hope you’ll join us and take advantage of this opportunity to boost your job-searching skills while networking with other RPCVs and RPCV-friendly employers. 

Registration now open!  (Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the registration link). 

Monday, August 19, 2013:  Transitioning Back Home

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Overview
The opening session will introduce the structure and objectives of the conference and set the stage for the week.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Getting to Know Your Conference Hosts:  The RPCV Team Behind the E-Mail Curtain
Learn more about who we are, how we can help you, and what resources you can tap into all year long – wherever you may be – to assist you in your post-Peace Corps transition.    

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Where Do I Go From Here? Making a Smooth Transition
It’s not unusual for RPCVs to find the return to the U.S. more challenging than or just as challenging as entry into their Peace Corps country.  Examine the challenges of transition from your Peace Corps service to help you move forward with energy and purpose.  You will reflect, analyze, and share your experiences with peers in order to create and shape a plan of action for this new phase of your life. 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (lunch is not provided)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Maximizing Your Graduate School Options – Panel and Networking
Learn about graduate school opportunities through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, get tips from various local colleges and universities, discover how to navigate through graduate school program choices, and learn how to leverage your Peace Corps experience to gain admittance.  Following the panel, you’ll have the opportunity to network with representatives from local universities and RPCV alumni. 

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Break

3:15 – 5:00 p.m.
RPCV Meet and Greet
Wrap up the first day by getting to know your fellow RPCVs at the conference in this informal conversational setting. 

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013:  Sharing Your Story

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Day One Review

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Storytelling Your Way to a Job
Learn how to talk to others about your Peace Corps experience in a professional manner through the art of storytelling while honing your narrative skills and meeting other participants in this interactive session. Gain first-hand experience in communicating the many benefits and skills you’ve developed, succinctly and confidently, through effective storytelling, an integral part of an effective job search.  

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Identifying and Translating Your Peace Corps Skills
This session invites you to engage in self-assessment to identify transferable skills gained from Peace Corps service.  Self-assessment is a critical first step in achieving your career goals.  Using various methods to bring forth accomplishments, you will identify skills used and developed in the Peace Corps – some of which you may not even have considered.  Please review your Description of Service (DOS) and other service records (e.g., journals, blogs, letters home) before the workshop to facilitate reflection.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Engaging Cover Letters – A Must
Learn what it takes to develop a tightly-focused and well-structured cover letter – a self-marketing tool that should not be skipped! 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (lunch is not provided)

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Special Lunchtime Session:  Peace Corps Response
Discover exciting opportunities to serve overseas again in high-impact, short-term assignments that put your professional expertise to work while making a difference.  In this brown bag lunch session, you’ll hear from guest panelists who served in Peace Corps Response and have the opportunity to ask questions following a short presentation.  Bring a drink, your lunch, and your questions.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Your Written Story:  Crafting an Effective Resume
One of the most useful things RPCVs can do for their job search is learn how to present their qualifications professionally and succinctly.  This session will help you develop a tightly-focused resume, and discuss dos and don’ts for resume-writing.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Resume Lab
Brief one-on-one resume reviews will be provided to help you take your resume to the next level. 

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013:  Sharing Your Qualifications

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Day Two Review

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Elevator Pitches:  Your 30-Second Story
What would you say if you found yourself waiting for the elevator with a senior manager of an organization you’d love to work for?  Attend this workshop to learn how to make a quick connection that gets you the follow-up.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
The Power of Networking:  Building Your Online and In-Person Networks  
Consider this your primary project!  Whether it’s who you know or what you know, you’ll be well positioned if you cover both bases and develop (and tend) your professional networks.  Tips and pitfalls will be covered, and practice opportunities provided.   

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Informational Interviews: Getting Your Foot in the Door
An informational interview is an excellent way to find out more about a career field that interests you, get the inside scoop on working for a particular organization, or simply get constructive feedback about your resume.  Learn how to make them work for you.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break (lunch is not provided)

12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Special Lunchtime Session: Navigating the Job Search as a 50+ RPCV
Discuss challenges, opportunities, and strategies for mid-career ad post-retirement RPCVs.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Acing Your Job Interview
Composure and professionalism are critical for the interview phase of the job search.  So is practice!  This session will address the dos and don’ts of interviewing and set the foundation for the Mock Interviews session to follow. 

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mock Interviews:  Breakout Session
Hone your skills in mock interviews and share best practices with other RPCVs.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Q & A

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Networking Happy Hour with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington (offsite at the Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036)

 

Thursday, August 22, 2013:  Sector Employment and RPCV Career Fair

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Day Three Review

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Tips for Making the Most of Tonight’s Career Fair
Navigating a busy career fair can be exhausting and discouraging – and it can also be energizing and fruitful.  Learn tips to help you make the most of your limited face time with participating employers. 

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Making Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE) Work for You
Many RPCVs are surprised to learn that the job application process for some federal vacancies can be quick and easy.  Learn how NCE works and how you can use this special hiring authority to find NCE-specific jobs in the federal sector.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Strategies for Navigating Your Federal Job Search
Have you ever applied to a federal job and then heard nothing back from the agency?  How do you know whether your application was received, or whether you qualify for an interview?  Join us for an overview of how the federal hiring process works, including what happens once an application has been submitted, and how you can showcase your skills to stand out to federal employers.

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Break

11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Path Well Traveled:  RPCV Panel and Dialogue
Successful transitions from Peace Corps to life and work in the U.S. carry special opportunities and challenges.  RPCVs working for federal agencies (including Peace Corps), organizations, and various sectors in the D.C. metro area will share information about how they transitioned into their current positions, and answer your questions about employment after Peace Corps.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Break

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
National Peace Corps Association Open House

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) invites all conference attendees to join them for an open house at their offices, just across L Street from Peace Corps Headquarters at 1900 L St NW, Suite 610. Learn about the NPCA and how they can help you on your career path as well as keep you connected to the Peace Corps community as you start your next adventure. Light refreshments will be available.
 

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
RPCV Career Fair - offsite at FHI-360 Conference Center
Representatives from approximately 50 employers will be on hand to discuss current and future job opportunities with RPCVs.  

 

*Friday, August 23 Saturday, August 24, 2013:  Third Goal Mobilization Summit*
We hope you’ll stay on after the Career Conference and participate in our first-ever Third Goal Mobilization Summit!  Click here for more information.

 

Employers registered to attend the Career Fair at the FHI-360 Conference Center as of August 15, 2013:

  • ACDI/VOCA
  • Ashoka
  • CARANA Corporation
  • CCS Fundraising
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chemonics International
  • CityStaff
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Enforcement
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Office of Human Capital
  • Corporation for National and Community Service – AmeriCorps NCCC & AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Crown Agents USA
  • DAI
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Diversity Services Inc.
  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
  • EF Education First
  • English Now!
  • Europ Assistance USA
  • FINCA International
  • Global Health Fellows Program II
  • Hostelling International
  • ICF International
  • IREX
  • IRG/Engility
  • John Snow, Inc.
  • KIPP DC Public Charter Schools
  • L'Arche
  • Laureate Education, Inc.
  • M Powered Strategies
  • Macfadden
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
  • Old Dominion Language Center
  • One Acre Fund
  • Pact
  • Peace Corps Fellows Program
  • Peace Corps Response
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Relief International
  • Share Our Strength
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Teach For America
  • Tetra Tech
  • The Carter Center
  • University Research Co., LLC (URC-CHS)
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Office of Transition Initiatives
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Refugee Affairs Division
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Asylum Division
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Justice – Criminal Division
  • U.S. Department of Labor – International Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Department of State – Recruiting and Outreach 
  • U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • U.S. Department of State – English Language Fellow Program
  • U.S. Department of State – International Organization Employment Information Office
  • U.S. Department of State – Operations Center
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Pesticide Programs
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
     
Event Website Links

Online pre-registration is now closed.  If you are interested in attending this RPCV Career Conference/Career Fair, you can still register on-site the day of the event.

Directions

Peace Corps Headquarters is located at 1111 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C.—close to the Farragut North Metro (red line) and Farragut West Metro (orange/blue lines).  After clearing security, RPCV guests may proceed directly to Shriver Hall located just off the lobby in the front hall to the right of security to sign in at the registration tables before the morning sessions begin.

FHI-360 Conference Center is located at 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, 8th floor, Washington, D.C.  A short walk from Peace Corps Headquarters, this venue is also close to the Dupont Circle Metro (red line) as well as the L1, L2, 42, and 43 bus lines. Once you enter the building, take the elevator up to the 8th floor and walk down the hall to your right.

Contact Information

Office of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services
RVSEvents@peacecorps.gov
202.692.1430
 

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