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The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

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The Best Entry Level Government Jobs

There is a lot of discussion about how government-sector jobs are more stable than others in our faltering economy and about how government hiring trends are predicted to be more resistant to the economic downturn than other sectors. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do you a whole lot of good, if you’ve got no idea of where to start in order to get hired.

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    sonukumar

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Sonu kumar
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    Permanent Address: Correspondence Address:
    Village - Ubarpur Post office - Bhatiyana Distt. - Ghaziabad Same Pin code –2451001 Mob. No. –09971946878, 9837004975, Email ID: sonukumar.690@rediff.com
    ___________________________________________________________________________ Job Profile:
    • I am working in Utility Powertech Limited & NTPC AT NCPS Dadri for implementation of “Employee self service” (ERP-ESS & SAP-BILLING) Programming on line & Data entry in Ms – Excel

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

    26 comments

    Hi everyone, I'm back.

    My wife and I went to Florida, partly on business then we stayed over for a psuedo vacation. She liked it so much we are going again next month. I am posting again to this line because I think a previous comment needs to be reinforced. I have received a lot of off-line questions from some of you for addditional advice and I had no idea how many comments my original post would generate.

    You do not need a years time in service as a GS-12 to qualify for GS-13. You do not need a years time in service as a GS-9 to qualify for GS-10. To qualify for a specific grade, you need only a years equivalent work experience at the previous grade.

    I am sure everyone that posts to this website has seen someone come in, from outside the government to a grade they wondered, 'how did they get that position without climbing up through the grades". It is because they had a years credible experience at the next lower grade. When I was at MARCORSYSCOM, I watched many a Colonel and Lt. Colonel retire and come back to work the next day as a GS-14/15 doing the same thing they were doing the previous day. Why?Having never served in the government. How? Because they were doing the very same job the day before in the military so they obviously have experience at the government grade.

    Some of the emails I have received are from persons who have taken government positions far below the status, and experience of the former military of private sector positions.

    NEVER SETTLE. When I left the Marine Corps as an E-8 I was looking to improve my quality of life not maintain the status quo. If I served alongside and did the same thing as a GS-13, then by golly I had GS-13 experience.

    Now don't get me wrong, I do not want to give the impression I hit the long ball on my first at bat. But what I did do was continually tweak my resume and interview for every position I could to sharpen my resume and inteview skills. There is a very good website for postiing your resume which will assist you greatly in transforming your resume into government speak. The Defensense Logistics Agensy website not only uploads your resume to their database but it tells you what your key word score is (key words-- gov't language that triggers optical character recognition software to determine your eligibilty and grade level of your experience). You should post your resume there and then adjust your resume to the words that trigger higher and higher scores. Once my resume score was written so that the score was over 300+ I started getting alot of interest in my resume. I then started posting it to other sites.

    I cannot stress enough you do not have to be a GS-12 to go to GS-13. Positions in the government (GS-15 and below) are not awarded politically, they are awarded on presentation and how you define YOURSELF!

    The DLA website link I used to tweak my resume is :

    https://sec.hr.dla.mil/apply/default.asp?JOA=HQJ6E-08-1343

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

    26 comments

    Sepidozaramon,

    You wrote "im a government accountant here in the philippines a Certified Public Accountant, an MBA graduates with DBA units. what position am i qualified to enter government service in US."

    You are qualified for many positions and at many different grade levels with an MBA. It really depends on how you describe yourself in your resume. You describe yourself as an accountant which means you fall with in the financial management field. Most accountants where I work are at the GS-12/13/14 level because of the complexity of the work, but I have seen accountants as low as the GS-9 grade and as high as GS-15. Your description of your job is part and parcel of what I have described in my previous posts as a debilitation in why people do not get the positions or grades that are seeking.

    If you look at many job announcements and vacancy postings you will find there are very few that are looking for "accountants" but there are virtually hundreds for "financial management analysts". I am a financial management analyst. I happen to serve specifically as a senior budget analyst, but all our accountants, budget analysts, finacial policy and internal control program analysts, and program analysis and evaluation analysts are all titled fianacial management analysts series 0501. Because I am a Financial Management analyst, I can move freely within the large expanded field of financial management where you are defining and limiting yourself to the very narrow field of accounting.

    If you are dealing with money, whether its planning (budgeting), recording (accounting) , policy (enterprise strategy), analysis and evaluation (fiduciary control), it is all financial management. What you are is a financial manager specializing in accounting and funds control.There are tons of positions for FM types and they get paid well. Send me your resume. We have a few positions open where I work.

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    diemktran

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I would like to apply this job. pls help me out. Thank You

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    sepidozaramon

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    im a government accountant here in the philippines a Certified Public Accountant, an MBA graduates with DBA units. what position am i qualified to enter government service in US.

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    jaydpierson

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I wonder if there are any fed jobs out there for people with music degrees and vast retail/personnel management experience. I have heard that some companies/entities favor those who have training and experience in analytical thought and who can think"outside the box."

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

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    Hey everyone, I am writing this additional post to my original email string below because I have received some good questions but one struck me as something that I should have mentioned. It likely greatly assisted my success in landing a government job and also landing a position well above my former enlisted paygrade (E-8) .

    Self validation.. and you can thank "Zingbat" for asking. Everyone should be self validating their experience. Whether it is former military or private sector, your resume should have multiple statments in it that describe your work experience and what it is equivalent to on the GS scale. My resume has multiple statements that had described my former military experience to a specific GS rating. This aslo triggers key word scans to the grade appropriate to the level you are seeking.

    Here's the reason why. When I first started looking for gov't positions, I contacted an HR to find out why my experience was being vauled well below it's true value. The HR clerk told me he was using a chart from the DoD FMR Volume 11A, Chapter 6, Appendix B , page 6-B-1, to value military experience. On that chart and E-8 is equivalent to a GS-7. Yet I had performed work on mulitple tours at GS levels much higher. For instance, I was a program manager at MarCorSysCom and I was one of several senior enlisted, junior officers and GS-13s within a section headed by a GS-14. All of us were program managers for various acquisition programs and our duties and respnsibilities were equal (it is one of the few commands where enlisted perform officer functions). So in my resume it states "Held position as a Satellite Communications Program Manager responsible for the Program and Project Life Cycle management, related planning, budgeting, control, communications, and direction of several Marine Corps multimillion-dollar SATCOM systems, equivalent to the GS-13 level".

    How else are you going to get HR to fairly assess your resume other than telling them what your real experience equates to? You need to do this or you leave it up to some clerk in HR to value your experience in a field they are most likely not very familiar with.

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

    26 comments

    Floorboardbuds/Jsanchez my personal email address is reginald.holland@yahoo.com

    sorry for the delayed response. I only check this site every couple of days or so.

    Reg

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    I would like to know about work for a person with master degree in psychology in the field of mental health and finding work within the Federal goverment system, and how to apply.

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    floorboardbuds

    over 5 years ago

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    Bcubedreg, how can I go about getting in contact with you? I've been living in Seoul the past year and would welcome some advice on how to get into the gov't sector ie. writing my resume to fit key word searches. Thanks.

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    Bcubedreg

    over 5 years ago

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    O.K., I'm back. I have read the comments posted here to date and must say many people exhibit a defeatest attitude.

    One of the things that most of you are doing wrong is seeking entry level positions when you have better than entry level skills, education and ability. It is not impossible to go directly from a retired military career as an E-7/E-8 directly to mid and senior level government positions. I retired as an E-8, I am now a GS-14. Most of you are setting your sights too low and you might not believe this, but it is a primary reason you are not being selected.

    As an expamle, one of my collateral present duties is to review all the applications/resumes for positions/vacancies in our department for grades GS-9 to GS-13. My boss, a GS-15 tasked me with reviewing all the resumes. Her only advice, select resumes commensurate with the PD for subsequent interview. Many people are often excluded from interviews because they are overqualified. I had a gentleman who was applying for a GS-9 position who's qualifications nearly mirrored mine. What is the point in hiring this indivdual? He would not have been gainfully employed and would have left us within 3 months out of boredom. It would have cost more in time and money to hire him than we would have gotten from him. And yet, he will never know why we did not hire him. A military career of 20+ years automatically and degree should put you at least the GS-12 rating and a master's will take you to the 13 rating. On a positive note.. we didn't just discard the gentleman's resume. 4 months later, another department had an opening for a GS-13. I forwarded his resume to the hiring official. He now works for our organization.

    It's all a matter of how you write your resume. When I was serving as a E-6/7 at MARCORSYSCOM (program management) , I performed the same duties and functions as my GS-13 co-workers. So in my resume when I was seeking government jobs, I listed statements like "served as a Satellite Communications Program Manager/Project Officer equivalent to the GS-13 level". This gave me immediate credibility to seek positions at the GS-13/14 level. It worked. I interviewed for positions equivalent to my experience, education and skill level.

    The biggest inhibitors to getting a government job are:

    1. Settling: undervaluing your skills/education and experience. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO START AT ENTRY LEVEL.
    2. Unwillingness to relocate: if you are comfortable living in the small town environment but there are no high paying high skilled professions there, you either need to move or accept low skill low wage positions.
    3. Failure to write your resume in government speak: If you are not writing your resume using Position Description language and jargon, you're wasting your time. Not only does your resume need to trigger "key word" scanning software, but reviewers such as myself want to know that you speak the "language of the postion for which you are applying". We need to know you understand the business.

    I am happy to help anyone out and am currently helping half a dozen people that emailed me from this link. Good luck and don't sell yourself short.

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    seekingsolutions

    over 5 years ago

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    A word of caution about the article "Best Entry Level Government Jobs", e.g., Social Worker. I am a disabled OIF vet who just graduated with a Master of Social Work (4.0) and am finding it difficult to get work. Quite a few USAJOBS postings for social workers want a year of post-grad experience which is hard to get now that the economy is limiting opportunities. It may be too that many very qualified social workers are looking at the government positions for employment, e.g., job security and pay. A VA POC told me that one position generated 50 applicants with talent. My inspiration for the MSW was to serve our vets and families so I will not give up the dream. I mention all of this to give the reader reason to pause and thoughtfully consider the social worker field. It may be a terrific field, but finding an entry level government social worker position and securing one may be two different stories. Just a reflection stirred from the article.

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    lizbrax

    over 5 years ago

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    I have been working for the Fed Govt for 21+ years now. It is not easy getting a job with the Federal Govt. My husband was very lucky to get on board after his 1st try but getting promoted was an obstacle itself. At one point a HR specialist emailed him and told him his military experience (20+ retired E7 SFC) did not count for any supervisory positions. Basically here (somewhere in Florida) it's who you know and not what you know. The good old boys rule here at my VA. He was turned down for 12 positions then he won. He had to confront and argue with the HR dept about their hiring practices. All positions should go through the DEU (delegating examining unit) the way DOD (Dept of Defense) works. Especailly after to HR the differences between them and the DEU unit on qualifying people.I spent 16 years with DOD and we never had problems with HR hiring the staff fairly and equally across the board as long as you make the Cert (list of potential applicants). For you disabled and OEF/OIF veterans tell your congressman and complain about the hiring practices at your local VA. For me working with the VA has not been a pleasant experience if I could I would go back to DOD in a heart beat. Good luck to those that are still looking. You may have to take the lower paying job. For more details to to www.opm.gov this is the web site for OPM (Office of Personnel Managment) for all govt jobs it will provide a bundle of information and education yourself about the govt hiring practices. Again good luck

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    roxipint

    over 5 years ago

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    I retired after 21 yrs of active from the AF, with 15 of those 21 yrs in Communication and Information Management (Administration, if you will), and still have not found meaningful employment. My husband and I (with a combined total of 44 years in the military) moved to Orlando and have both submitted application after application in USAJOBS. Once I received a response saying that the position that I applied for has been withdrawn. In the meantime, while waiting for responses to my applications, I've humbled myself and took a very low paying job with a Financial Company, no benefits, not even time off on Federal Holidays, because of necessity. I ended up getting laid-off after a year with the company. I have a Masters Degree in Public Administration and an Associates in Information Management. Between that time, I used a professional agency, who was supposed to help with contacts, job placements and resume. The only thing I got from them was a bunch of "hog wash" promises, after paying them $4,000, and still no job. Since I was worked with the Financial company for a year, & gained experience in managing financial portfolios, for the last eight months since I've been out of work, I've studied and passed the Florida State Exam for Insurance License, I'm currently studying to take the State Exam for the Securities License. All of this done just to keep myself busy and make myself more marketeable. However, I'm still unemployed and very much interested in working in the government sector. Sometimes I feel that as a retired vet with disability preferences, we are not afforded the recognition we should get as far as government employment is concerned. When I compare the tasks required, special qualifications and KSAs to my experience and achievements, by abilities far surpass their requirements, yet I feel that we're not even given a chance. Maybe, the people placed in these positions of making hiring decisions feel that once you're retired from the military you're too old! Just my thoughts...any suggestions? roxipint@yahoo.com

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    corvinmorse

    over 5 years ago

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    I am retired from the Air National Guard where I was an engineering drafter for an Engineering Installation Squadron. I am trained and experienced in Microstation software and trainable in AutoCad. I have an A.S. in Drafting & Design and a B.S. in Management Technology. I have additional CAD experience working at the Air Force Engineering Installation Division at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City as an augmentee in engineering and logistics. I can be reached at corvinmorse@att.net.

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