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    Much Good is Done by Government Workers

    Anti-government sentiment has been prevalent across the country, fueled in part by the acrimonious health-care debate, anger over the Wall Street and auto industry bailouts, anxiety over high unemployment rates, and worry over increased spending and ballooning budget deficits. These feelings of distrust and resentment, seen in public opinion polls, vocal town hall meetings this past summer and during various demonstrations, ...
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    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010

    Temporary Jobs Forecast: 2009-2010
    As usual, contingent hiring is expected to be a bellwether for the broader labor economy. “We expect to see improvement for temporary workers before we see it anywhere else,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “But that’s not happening yet. We’re still seeing declines in temp help services, though they’re much smaller declines.” As the economy sputters ...
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    The 5 P's to Job Search Success

    The 5 P's to Job Search Success
    Submitting a job application is an emotional investment. You spend hours reviewing your resume and KSA essay to make sure everything is worded correctly and accurately describes just how awesome you are. After you send it, you just know that the hiring manager is going to think your application is a masterpiece of accomplishment. Surely this application must be included into ...
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    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork

    Management Matters: Putting the 'I' in Teamwork
    The procedure for evaluating federal employees' performance isn't just written in agencies' human resources handbooks. It's written in law. See Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Section 4302. There you'll find that agencies' performance appraisal systems must establish objective criteria "related to the job in question for each employee or position." In other words, federal performance evaluations are all about individual ...
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    Guide for Federal Job Seekers with Disabilities

    Guide for Federal Job Seekers with Disabilities
    Just because you have a physical limitation doesn't mean you can't work as well as the next guy. You are able to overcome your disability in your daily life, and you are eager to work! If you have a disability, you know it will more than likely affect a potential employer's attitude toward you. Even if your condition has no bearing ...
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    Glossary of Federal Terms

    Glossary of Federal Terms
    h4. A ABANDONMENT OF POSITION — When an employee (e.g., DD04) are considered as one agency fails to report for duty and does not submit a resignation. ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE (AWOL) — Absence without prior approval, a non-pay status resulting from an Agency determination that it will not grant any type of leave (not even leave without pay) for a period ...
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    Special Opportunities for the Non-Traditional Government Job Seeker

    Special Opportunities for the Non-Traditional Government Job Seeker
    Not all job-seekers are created equal. If your situation is different than most, you might need special advice to land that perfect job. We've gathered expert advice and articles to help disabled workers, part-time or temp jobs, students, Senior Executive Service, Veterans, and those without an advanced degree. Remember, many jobs need an advanced degree. Get more information here. Find more ...
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    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide

    Part-Time and Temporary Government Jobs Guide
    If you aren't seeking a standard eight-hour, five-day-a-week position, a part-time or temp job might accommodate your schedule. "We have been successful in creating some job-sharing situations," says Michael Lynch, president of the Des Moines office of temporary-employment agency Manpower. "That means sometimes we'll assign two people to one job, allowing one person to work two days and the other to ...
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    Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up

    D.C. Federal Agencies Closed Tuesday While people in the D.C. region already know this, the Office of Personnel Management has closed all federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area. Here are GovCentral, we really think that Tuesday's snow should be called snow-over-it". Rep. John Murtha dies at 77 U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an unapologetic bearer of pork for his congressional district ...
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    Viewpoint: Agencies Must Build a Skills-Based Workforce for the 21st Century

    Viewpoint: Agencies Must Build a Skills-Based Workforce for the 21st Century
    What will the Obama administration do to ensure development of a strong, skills-based federal workforce? Given the country's financial meltdown, ballooning deficits, deepening housing crisis and on-going national security challenges, this is a critical question to answer in coming months. Agencies must take a strategic, multifaceted approach to human capital planning. This means considering requirements across the spectrum, starting with workforce ...
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    High-Paying Stimulus Jobs You Can Get with No More Than a 4-Year Degree

    High-Paying Stimulus Jobs You Can Get with No More Than a 4-Year Degree
    President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan will create a number of relatively high-paying jobs for workers in construction, alternative energy, education and healthcare. While the best-paying jobs in those fields typically require at least a four-year degree, you can move into some well-paying stimulus-related jobs after spending half that time in college or training, according to Laurence Shatkin, author of Great ...
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    GovCentral takes home #4 spot in top-ranked Gov't social networks

    We're pretty excited in GovCentral HQ today as we were ranked #4 in the top government social networks by OhMyGov.com In addition to GovCentral.com, our friends and Monster cohorts, Military.com took home the top spot. I'm pretty excited to see GovCentral in this group as we continue to see growth since integrating with Monster.com in September 2009. The purpose of the ...
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    Wake up with the Gov - GovCentral Morning Round-up February 10

    OPM director considers overhaul of civil service system Joe Davidson, curator of Washington Post's Federal Diary, gives a glimpse of an impending shake-up for civil service employees in the federal government. OPM Director John Berry is looking at ways to refresh the antiquated 60-year old General Schedule pay system. Read more at the Washington Post For Telecommuters, It's Not About Going ...
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    OPM Chief Thinks Telecommuting Has a Nice Ring to It

    OPM Chief Thinks Telecommuting Has a Nice Ring to It
    Deep inside the current swine flu scare, there may be a silver lining for federal employees -- greater acceptance of telework in musty bureaucracies. Although increased telecommuting has been a federal workplace goal for many years, statistics show a difference between theory and practice. Part of the problem has been managers who are reluctant to approve at-home working arrangements because they ...
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    5 Interview Types and How to Ace Them

    All interviews were not created equal. Depending on the role, the industry and the ruthlessness of your potential employer, you may encounter one – or a combination – of the common interview types. Each one is unique, and demands a tailored approach to its preparation. Lucky for you, we've identified the five most common interview methods. We'll give you the ...
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    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific

    Want Government Work? You Have to Get Specific
    Question: Washington, D.C.: Why does the government actively advertise jobs on their job site that are reserved for people within the agency? I am very tired of applying for jobs only to be told, months later, they have decided not to fill the position. I am told this is because the person they wanted to promote from within somehow didn't get ...
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    Where will job growth be in the next 20 years?

    Unemployment may have dipped to 9.7 percent, but job growth is still lacking. Thankfully, this won't be the case forever. Mint.com, my favorite personal finance website, takes a look at where job growth is expected over the next 20 years. As expected, the largest job growth is in urban areas. Atlanta, GA is projected to have the most job growth at ...
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    Telecommuting Options in Government Jobs

    Telecommuting Options in Government Jobs
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a reputation for secrecy and data protection. Yet that organization was one of the first in the United States - in either the public or private sector - to embrace telecommuting. But the IRS is not the only arm of the federal government embracing telecommuting; many agencies have far outpaced the private sector in adopting ...
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    4 Career Lessons from American Olympians

    Lindsey Vonn: Don’t Stop When it Starts to Hurt Lindsey Vonn is the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill skiing. A contender in Torino in 2006, Vonn suffered a terrible crash that sent her to the hospital. She left with pain arching through her legs and back but still competed in five events. She didn’t ...
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    OPM Announces Reorganization

    OPM Announces Reorganization
    An announcement from the Office of Personnel Management yesterday about their reorganization: OPM Reorganizes to Better Meet the Needs of Its Customers Washington, DC - In order to help fulfill President Obama's promise to make the Federal government more transparent and customer friendly, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has undergone a major reorganization. It became effective with the signing ...
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