Tag Archive : STAR stories

Chris Westbrook, Director, Curriculum Development


Learn key insights on how to prepare your resume and STAR stories from a federal recruiter’s point of view. Also, gain new techniques on how to showcase and translate your STAR stories to a federal career field.

Learning Objectives:

* Discuss key characteristics of a federal career.

* Understand the federal concept of transferable skills.

* Identify and translate your own skills to a federal career.

* Create some amazing STAR stories to describe your professional accomplishments.

* Screen federal jobs against their goals, skills, and values.


This session is free.


Join us Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time


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Chris Westbrook is a talent development professional with a passion for career development, leadership, and change management. In 2018, she recently retired from the federal government after 38 years of service in the executive and legislative branches. Chris spent the bulk of her career in the Central Intelligence Agency. Her last position was Deputy Director of the CIA’s foreign-language school. Previous to this, she served on a tiger team to implement CIA’s largest organizational change since its creation in 1947, leading to the creation of a Talent Center of Excellence responsible for the hiring, development, and management of CIA’s workforce. She created and delivered leadership training to all levels of Agency officers, from line through executive. She led analyst hiring during the CIA’s hiring surge after September 11, 2001. This was a mid-career switch for her after serving as a national security analyst and manager for many years. Chris received a BA in Government from The College of William and Mary and graduate degrees in Political Science and Human Resource Development from The George Washington University.


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As a retired federal service senior executive, my response would be: “Write like an executive.” And how to write like an executive is to showcase how your significant accomplishments contributed to your organization’s priorities. 


By Frieda Wiley

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