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Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

Six Common Myths of Federal Job Hunting

Most federal job seekers spend a majority of their time hunting for positions online, using websites such as USAJOBS.

Shannon Kelly & Dan DeMaio | Monster.com


















Myth 4: “I Don’t Need to Mail/Fax in Those Forms”

Federal positions often require additional documentation beyond your resume as part of the application package, including college transcripts, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) statements, and official federal forms.

Make sure to read the job description carefully to ensure that you’re submitting all required documentation. Be sure to send in all additional materials before the closing date.Typically, additional materials must be mailed or faxed to the address or number listed in the announcement.


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    vernon_eldred63

    about 5 years ago

    24 comments

    My application has been almost 2 years,I have been paying taxes from 2 to 3 jobs,where are my EOE to federal jobs.

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    vernon_eldred63

    about 5 years ago

    24 comments

    I have tried without success to obtain a federal job and am of the conclusion that the hiring process constantly requires prior federal employment.

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    safetypro2007

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    If you taylor your resume for each position you would have hundereds of individual resumes....USAJOBS will allow you to have only 5 on file, and of those 5 on file only one is able to listed as searchable. Is there a better way to use USAJOBS???

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    seryous

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    To galegunder,
    Thank you for the enccouraging insight & suggestions. I recognize your comment is 5mo. old but the advice appears to be timeless. Much appreciated.
    S

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    SimonJLeonJr

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    To Kwgomm,

    You should be glad that you have your government job. You complain about going into the private at half below your MEAGER PAY, Well your making twice as much as alot of average private sector guys & girls. And your getting Benefits Guess what those would cost you out here in the private sector. I work as a Community Employment Specialist/Veterans Representative and I have seen several people get government jobs when they do what needs to be done the proper way. In this poor economy you should be happy that you are at least working! Remember the grass is not always greener on the other side! I can just see how happy you will be if you take another position and loss it during the probation period! Did you ever think that it may be your ATTITUDE!

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    kwgomm

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    One problem is the GS-4 evaluating my application for GS-9+ positions. Guess what...they don't have a clue. Not that they're bad workers just that common sense tells us that you can't teach 6th grade math to a kindergartner. So, my two college degrees, 25+ years of experience and being multi-lingual are IGNORED. In 10+ years working for Uncle Sammy and HUNDREDS of applications later, I have succeeded in procuring...two....yes....TWO interviews. And one of the jobs was cancelled, i.e. nobody got the job.....budget cuts or whatever. So...those of us in the govt hold on to our jobs for dear life because the options are almost non-existant other than starting over in a new career in the private sector at well below half our meager pay......

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    McConnell

    about 6 years ago

    354 comments

    Wow - that is one long comment!

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    galegunder

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Having spent almost 25 years in the military and constantly checking USAJobs.com for a government -related position in my field for the last 3 years since retiring, I can say that this is a good article for those civilians looking to crack the paradigm and bureaucratic hum-drum of looking for a government position. It takes time to build your resume in a Federal Government Agency's personnel system, but if you read the requirements and start with those key words to describe why you meet their eligibility criteria (save those answers for future reference!), you can begin your journey down that road. If you don't have the patience or perseverance to follow up in each agency's system and learn how to navigate through each one to find out the status, then you will feel as if your resume did go into that "black hole." I have applied, but each agency has its own requirements, and civilian personnel office requirements, and follow-up procedures. It really does take time, but I found the status on all my applications; I did get phone calls, interviews and/or emails back after a considerable amount of time passed. By law and policy, each step in the process has a time limit (i.e., CPO has to gather all the resumes submitted and sort through them, ranking them and ensuring only QUALIFIED APPLICATIONS (from most or over to minimally qualified) are given to the hiring agent (maybe 2-4 weeks depending on the importance of the position); then the hiring agent has to sift through the applications. Law requires certain procedures to be followed as far as the next step (selecting and interviewing). If there are too many applicants for the position, the agent won't want to conduct F2F (face-to-face) interviews, so may do telephonic to satisfy their desire to get a feel for an applicant's capabilities and fit into the agency; or just may decide on an applicant based on the paperwork (this step is really a crap shoot since there's so many variables in the decision-making process for the hiring agency besides the law of fairness). It is much more difficult if you have never worked in government to persevere through the application process, but don't be discouraged. The only way to get hired is to keep trying; keep reviewing your resume and use the KEY WORDS, even if you have to copy and paste them from the job description into your resume and build your resume from those words and phrases. Remember, this is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and they are required by law to practice FAIR hiring practices (perception is sometimes 99 percent of the truth). As in the civilian world, it is sometimes not WHAT you know, but HOW well you navigate through the agency systems, make contacts and follow through to get the interview. I've spent the last 4 years, on and off, building my resume in varying systems, applying for those positions that I'm either qualified for or very well over qualified for and have learned that one really does have to look at the duties, job description and qualifications pages AND tailor your resume (it may mean just a review or tweaking your current position) to fit the job you're applying for at the time. Practice applying for positions anywhere in the USA or that's closer to where you live even if you don't think you'll move. Some positions will pay for a move, but many agencies don't have the funds to move an applicant. You can decide once you get selected for an interview (which may be telephonic) or even get a call back saying you've been selected. THAT'S YOUR DECISION-MAKING POINT TO SAY YES OR TURN IT DOWN. At least, you have an option, which is better than nothing. You may just find that the place you selected may be just the thing you really need.

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    jmcalli

    about 6 years ago

    24 comments

    This myth is absolutely true. Your application probably DID disappear into the government black hole! Most likely you will never get follow-up and anyone you talk to in an attempt to find out where you stand in the hiring process will not care.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    When you come to a bump in that road, let us know.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    This is the perfect 'how-to' article. It clearly explains the Federal job hunting process like a roadmap to success. Thank you for the compass.

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