Government Jobs: Extra Effort Can Pay Off
Caroline Levchuck, Monster + HotJobs
Do you want an employer with an established reputation? Are good benefits and an even better retirement plan important to you? Do you want to make a difference? Consider a career with Uncle Sam.
The federal government is on a hiring spree and will be for the foreseeable future. “There’s a huge need to get high-quality, top talent working for the federal government,” says Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service.
There are thousands of different jobs at more than 100 different agencies. “There are 193,000 mission-critical jobs that need to be filled in the next two years, but that isn’t the full spectrum of jobs available,” McManus says. And because the majority of government jobs are located all across the US, it’s likely that there are opportunities in a city or town near you.
A lot of job seekers overlook the federal government as a viable employer. Some think it’s too complicated to find a government job for which they’re qualified — when, in fact, looking for a government job requires just a bit of extra effort.
Find Your Calling
McManus says, “One of the biggest obstacles for most people is that they simply don’t understand the scope of jobs that are available with the US government. The unique thing about the federal government is that the skills needs are so diverse.”
So whether you’re an accountant or a new graduate with a history degree, there’s likely an opportunity for you. Remember as you begin researching openings that the US government uses a set list of job titles that may not always mirror those in the private sector. Research job titles and descriptions at USAJobs to determine the positions for which you’re best-suited.