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Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

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Feds to Hire 600,000 Employees by 2012

600,000 over three years. 273,000 deemed mission-critical. That’s how many people the Partnership for Public Service projects the federal government will need to hire by 2012 to fill growing needs as well as replacing a baby-boomer workforce set to retire. These numbers and other hiring projections are listed just in time for some Labor Day reading in the third edition of the Where the Jobs Are report issued on Thursday.

That big number of 600,000 is the total hiri...

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    JerryGJones

    over 4 years ago

    62 comments

    On the point of DHA (Direct Hire Authority), their website states this:

    "Q. Does Veterans Preference apply?

    A. No. Veterans preference does not apply when selecting individuals under DHA. "
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    Why even bother posting DHA jobs on a military site, when your veteran status has no sway whatsoever.
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    On dbushongo's statement, I totally agree with what he said. I have a friend working for AAFES and he is trying to get me in there, and he said the jobs i have been applying for were just posted for looks, and they already knew who they were going to hire already, from inside the AAFES staff. So, in essence, they are simply posting jobs to make it look like they are hiring, when they really are not (except inside hiring, family, friends, etc.)
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    The biggest issue, inside of USAJobs and in the civilian workplace that i have come across is that I am overqualified, as already mentioned below. I am dying to get any type of job, but when the employer sees my experience, they always say "I can't see someone with your qualifications in this position because the job requires less skills". I either don't have a bachelor degree (I only have an Associates) or I am overqualified.

    One example of this is: I applied at a ToysRUs to simply assemble bicycles for their stores, and I got REJECTED! This is insane. I was only asking for the pay they posted, yet they think I will either take over the manager's job, or ask for $60,000 a year to assemble bicycles.

    This is the biggest issue that workers are running into. A large number of job-seekers have some sort of higher job experience, yet they are applying for any job they can find, even janitor jobs, and employers won't hire them because they are overqualified. I believe this country is only looking for idiots, robots, or illegal immigrants to fill their positions. I haven't seen a single person, who is a qualified American, get a job within the last year.

    I have not given up on job hunting. I apply to several jobs each week. I just won't believe people are actually wanting employees until I see it with my own eyes.

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    dbushongo

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    @diamondswork That is not all true (veterans pref). I am a Gov't Contractor with this Agency since 2003 and I have literraly applied for over 20 Fed Jobs. 15 of those are within my own Agency. Of those 15 in my agency, 10 are within my own department. Of those are a few I sent directly to hiring managers and spoke to them on many occassion after them requesting my resume. IN OTHER WORDS...I'm doing the exact job that they are posting for. I score over 100 every time and I get referral letters (CERT List). I've even interview twice. Why am I being passed over? I will tell you why....FAVORITISM and Cliquishness!!! It's not what you know (or how qualified you are) it's who you know (and if you are in the "in crowd").
    But don't give up!!!!

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    shemaiya

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm still confident in the government hiring process. I live on USAJOBS (I'm familiar with all the jobs in my field in DC - I can point out which ones are new openings without running the search agent). I applied for a while and then I stopped. But I started actively applying in 2009. I thought I had my moment when I received a tentative offer with DHS-CBP for an auditor position in March of 2009. I did the finger prints, completed my backround check and was notified that I was FULLY CLEARED. However in December of 2009 the offer was withdrawn because the agency is experiencing severe budget issues. Myself along with 39 other candidates are back at square one. I'm not letting that defeat me or deter me from obtaining a job with the feds. In June of this year I will graduate with my MBA degree which will qualify me for GS-09 jobs. I'm excited and I'm determined that all of my hard work will pay off. I wish that the method to the madness was a little better than what it was - I didnt bother HR alot but I'd call every other month for updates about my candidate file.

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    annette

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    There are people that needs jobs. I am one of them I have over 16 years in the Federal Government and I got riff in Fort Knox, Ky in 2003 I have NOT been reinstatedYET!!!!!!!!!!!! I have applied and go on interviews and still nothing has happen the system will you figure it out. What is going on with this system I have Rights to get reinstated..... This is not acceptable. This means to me the Federal use to TAKE CARE OF THERE PEOPLE BUT, THIS IS NOT THE CASE.././//

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    jeangraham

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Also, thank you diamondswork for giving an indepth explanation as well. This is very true. In addition, there are some federal positions that due not require a degree but your work experience in a specialized area. This must reflect in your resume or you will not be considered. Also, you can go on usajobs.gov (where you will have to apply for most federal jobs unless otherwise noted) and create your resume. Please be sure to tailor it to the specific job you are applying for and you will be able to send your resume via usajobs.gov. "HR" uses the usajobs.gov resume to review your qualifications and educational background. You can also check the status of your application via usajobs.gov. "HR" will most commonly communicate with you via your e-mail regarding the status of your application, your qualification "score" (which is between 70 to 100, the higher your score the better your chances of getting considered and hired), and whether or not you have been selected for the position. I hope this gives more insight and, honestly, helps those interested in a federal career.

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    jeangraham

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am currently employed by the IRS and the process is relatively slow but if you are persistent you can get the position you are seeking. It took me about five months and I decided to apply for one of their temporary, seasonal positions. They actually extended my appointment until September 2010 but I am currently seeking a full-time permanent spot--trying to pursue a career as an IRS Agent, Tax Compliance Officer, or Tax Examiner. Also, I just learned that two other federal jobs I applied for were referred over to the hiring managers so I am hopeful. I have been with IRS for a year and have been furloughed due to the workload but they are gearing up for the new tax filing season so I should be back to work sometime in February. I know it's difficult for those that have been laid off from the private sector but if you are persistent, you can get a position at the federal level. I agree, the hiring process is extremely slow which tends to discourage people from trying. You have to qualify for the position and that means read the job description and how to apply sections carefully and follow the instructions to the "Tee" or you will be disqualified from the hiring process. Also, contact the hiring official or "HR" person to get more information or understanding regarding their hiring process. Trust me, it took me a while and I was able to get in. Also, consider taking a temporary position. Temporary positions tend to last for a year and if the manager likes your work ethics, they can get your appointment extended. This is another way of getting relevant government experience and you can still apply to other federal positions. From my understanding when networking with other federal employees, the federal government will consider your application first if you demonstrate that you are willing to stay with the federal government and have prior federal experience. It's a long shot, but as I stated before, be persistent even if it takes longer than three months---keep trying! Jean

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    geminis_rhule

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    stop griping. people are always looking for someone else to blame. did anyone ever think that they might actually hire people? just because its not you doesnt mean it cant be someone else. you know why there are no posts of people who actually got governmetn job on this site? because they are too busy doing that job. im sure a ton of people get government jobs, you dont hear about it because they dont have time to brag, but when youre unemployed, people have hours to write bitter posts.

    most government offices get 10k+ apps a month. now imagine how many people are completely unqualified. lets say 60%. so now they have to sift then through all of the other apps. which tends to slow the process. i think that they need to have you meet minimum requirements before you can even submit a resume. right now its a free for all and that slows the process tremendously. you have people with no degrees no training no nothing applying for 60k a year analyst jobs. i mean really? really? so now they have to sift through to find the 100 people that are qualified.

    so i think if we all possessed a little common sense we would know that. i search everything i can about governmetn jobs, and i have a year before i even start applying. i look at EVERYTHING. so i know everything about the process. people just blindly apply. and thats where you hit the snag, and thats why certain people dont get hired.

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    klgonor

    almost 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Great! This is just another bogus claim by the current government that is so full of lies and deceitful tactics . I am highly educated, have run several companies or groups, one a $5.4 Billion division of a $20 Billion Company but can't find a job because I am over 50, white and not a woman. I am also a disabled VET but that doesn't matter to anyone! I have been looking for a job over a year! Have had many interviews but no offers. The most common comments regarding why I didn't get an offer are " you made too much money in the past" or "we don't really think you can go from a CEO to a salesperson and be effective" yet I don't care about Title or Salary and I make that clear. Go to www.klgma.web.offivelive.com/ to see credentials. THIS NATION IS IN A CRISIS A MOVING BACKWARDS QUICKLY!

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    sec123

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Many agencies now have a "direct hiring authority" which streamlines some of the hiring process. See the OPM website. This is how they are quickly (or at least less slowly) filling many positions. For those looking for federal jobs you may want to research which agencies are using this and apply there.

    http://www.opm.gov/directhire/factsheet.asp

    You can now continue the unhelpful whine fest.

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    racemup

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Hey man, you gotta check your spelling there.

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    DannTherrien

    almost 5 years ago

    14 comments

    I have a Bachalor Degree in Business. I graduated with a 4.0 (the highest possible). I understand how the "private sector" operates and handles projects, hires, places and thrives. Yet I have found the government employment process to be difficult to navigate. I continue to apply, however, I do not know if anyone in the government has even seen my resume. I refuse to give up because I believe, some how, some way, I have the ability lead a department toward an every changing well oiled machine that dispands the notion that every goverment agency is wasteful and problematic. Some say I'm an idiot. I say I'm an idealist.

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    diamondswork

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Obviously a lot of the people posting comments either never worked for the government or have never applied to the government. First and foremost, individuals with a handicap or are veterans have a hiring preference which means they'll get the job before a college graduate or even a current government employee. Everyone receives a rating based on the years experience, education, veterans preference, and/or disability. The government does in fact employ A LOT of individuals with disabilities and provides them with transportation to and from the job. It also depends on the agency too. The problem isn't WHO the hire, but how they recruit. The government hiring process is long and tedious. You not only have to submit your resume, but you have to submit KSAs (Knowledge Skills and Abilities) which is basically an essay of how you know how to do your job or an employment Questionaire. After you do that, your application is reviewed by HR and then they say whether or not the employee meets the minimum requirements, then to the hiring officials, then back to HR....let's just say it takes at 3 months from the closing date to even get a call for an interview. The government will not be able to hire 600,000 employees until they can do a better job of improving their hiring procedures. Those who do not have guidance or a government background see the government application process as difficult and a down right pain.

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    mantra60

    almost 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Lets not get all in an uproar we have to start somewhere I paid my taxes all my life . I believe I can give this a shot. Let's not be cynical and be more optimistic.

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    hemidan

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Stop looking to the Government for help. They are more concerned with helping other counties and illiegal immigrants before they help it's own citizens. If we start taking care of ourselves by not relying on "MADE OVERSEAS" crap and only "Made In USA" products, we can bring back our businesses and put people back to work. It's that simple. We are losing business to oversea markets that are taking our jobs with them. Well it's time to reverse the roll. Buy Made in USA. There are lots of web sites to help: www.howtobuyamerican.com is a great start. and try www.madeintheusa.com . Also one more point: Wake Up America - Stop buying junk from Wal-Mart. They control way to much business and hurting our country and our jobs.

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    CALLA66

    about 5 years ago

    50 comments

    RIGHT, GOOD LUCK

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