10 Steps to a Government Job - For Military Service Members
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Step 4: Choose an Agency
Starting pay, proximity to where you want to live, and the amount of positions in demand are all important to take into consideration when you choose a government agency you want to apply for. Rather than decide that you want to work for a super-specific department with 10 staff members, try to choose a type of department that suits you best. One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is having their heart set on one specific department and refusing to apply anywhere else. As anyone with experience will tell you, this is a big no-no.
Once you decide what type of agency you want to work for, decide WHERE you want to work. Try to narrow it down sooner rather than later, because you want to be sure you’re available in the area for interviews, exams, background checks, etc.
Now that you’ve decided where you want to work, here are a few pointers for narrowing in on the specific departments.
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It is important to do your research on your relocation area’s government departments. Most importantly, set up a calendar of application dates so that you can be prepared well in advance. Also set up a pro’s and con’s list of all your possible areas of relocation including salary information for those departments, application requirements, and interview schedules.
Agency and Department Reviews
Learn what departments are in the area and start researching them. Searchable by region, GovCentral Department and Agency Reviews are a great source of inside information about government offices throughout the country. Visit individual department websites and learn what type of work they do, how big the departments are, their chain of command, and anything else you can about the agency. Of special importance should be their recruitment section. This may indicate if they’re hiring, or when their next exam may be. It should also list qualifications for the positions, such as maximum age, educational requirements, past military service, etc.